Christine N. Fletcher

Partner

Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3607
Overview
Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

Education

J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 1994

B.A., cum laude, Boston University, 1991

Families and individuals come to Christine for help navigating the legal aspects of life's journey. She has over twenty years' experience in advising clients on estate planning, trust and estate administration, probate litigation and family business matters.

As a partner in the firm’s Private Client group, Christine helps families plan for life’s transitions whether it is moving assets to the next generation, minimizing estate taxes or ensuring assets pass to intended recipients. Estate planning solutions can be simple, but like life, they can also be complicated. Issues arise with second marriages, divorce, blended families and unfortunate family crises. Christine listens to clients’ goals and develops plans for them that meet those goals. 

As the world has become more global, so has estate planning. Christine assists clients with international assets plan for the transitional and tax issues associated with having assets abroad. 

Philanthropy has become an important part of many clients’ estate planning. Christine helps clients develop plans that meet their charitable goals while still providing for family members and loved ones in a tax efficient manner.

In the probate courts, Christine helps clients probate estates, petition for guardianships and maneuver disputes arising from contested estates. Being part of a court action can be daunting. Christine offers clients practical advice to maneuver through the courts in an efficient and effective manner. When matters are disputed, Christine presents her clients with options and solutions advising as to risks and possible outcomes. Clients need to make informed decisions, and Christine helps them do that. 

Many clients have closely held or family owned businesses. Christine advises as to the business succession planning issues that arise as owners prepare for life’s next step, whether that involves slowing down, preparing the next generation to takeover, or an outright sale. Additionally, with the firm’s deep expertise in such areas as business law, employment law and intellectual property, Christine can help clients with their business’ legal needs as they arise, providing clients with an expert legal team to rely on when needed. 

Experience

Experience

  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Planning
  • International Planning
  • Charitable Planning
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Guardianships
  • Probate & Trust Administration
  • Contested Estates
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Corporate & Business Law

Memberships

Boston Estate Planning Council

  • Committee Co-Chair

Boston Bar Association

Boston Probate & Estate Planning Forum

Syracuse University Professional Advisor Network

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

"Probate Law for Paralegals," Panelist, MCLE 18th Annual Paralegal Conference, June 2016

"Coordinating Estate Plans and Business Assets," Speaker, Boston Estate Planning Council Roundtable Breakfast, October 2015

"Asset Protection Planning and Charitable Planning," Speaker, Foxmoor Continuing Education: Estate Planning, May 2015

"Case Study: Succession Planning for Charlie and Sally Jones," Speaker, Foxmoor Continuing Education: Estate Planning, May 2015

"Practicing Under the New MUPC and MUTC," Speaker, Boston Estate Planning Council Roundtable Breakfast, February 2013

"Executive Employment Agreements for Private Companies," Speaker, MCLE Program, October 2010

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

articles

"National Estate Planning Awareness Week 2015," If You Will: Short Takes on Estates, Taxes and Trusts, October 2015

"Staffing Your Estate Plan," If You Will: Short Takes on Estates, Taxes and Trusts, August 2015

"Start Summer Right by Focusing on Health Care Protection," If You Will: Short Takes on Estates, Taxes and Trusts, July 2015

"Maximize Your Charitable Gift with Your IRA," If You Will: Short Takes on Estates, Taxes and Trusts, February 2015

"What We Can Learn from Market Basket," If You Will: Short Takes on Estates, Taxes and Trusts, October 2014

"Updating Your Estate Plan After a Divorce," Massachusetts Divorce Law Monitor, August 2013

"Safeguarding Your Kids' Future with Wills and Trusts," Massachusetts Divorce Law Monitor, July 2013

"U.S. Supreme Court Declares DOMA Unconstitutional: What You Need to Know," Burns & Levinson Client Update, June 2013

"Staying the Course," Private Wealth, September 2012

"The New Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code," Trust & Estates Update, April 2012

features

"People Moves of the Week," Mergers & Acquisitions Magazine, March 2014

quotes

"Trump says he won't unload his businesses," Boston Globe, January 2017

"Romney Trustee: Trump Should Sell His Business Interests," Boston Globe, November 2016

Resources
Christine N. Fletcher
Practices
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Probate & Trust Litigation
  • Business, Finance & Transactions
  • Venture Capital & Emerging Companies
Education

J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 1994

B.A., cum laude, Boston University, 1991

Admissions

Massachusetts

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

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