Christine N. Fletcher

Chair, Trusts & Estates | Co-Chair, Private Client

Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3607

"Every client should feel like our most important client whether they have a large matter with us or a small one. Responsiveness and client communication are an integral part of our customer service."

Overview

Families and individuals come to Christine Fletcher 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 and co-chair of 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
Education & Admissions
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

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

A Top Author in Wealth Management, 2020 JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards 

Named to the 2018 Women Worth Watching® List by Profiles in Diversity Journal

National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC) - Accredited Estate Planner designee (2017)


Memberships

Memberships

Boston Estate Planning Council

  • Board of Directors

Boston Bar Association

Family Firm Institute

Boston Probate & Estate Planning Forum

Syracuse University Professional Advisor Network

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

"Trusts and Estates – What to Expect from the Biden Administration," Panelist, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, February 2021

"NPEPC Virtual Lunch Round Table Discussion," Moderator, Norfolk & Plymouth Estate and Business Council, September 2020

“Fundamentals of Estate Planning - PART TWO,” Presenter, BEPC Seminar, May 2019

"Ten Things to Know in Talking to your Kids About Prenups," Moderator, BEPC Members Round Table Breakfast, February 2019

"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

Christine is a regular contributor for Forbes.com where she gives advice on successfully managing trusts and estates.

articles

"5 Ways People Mess Up Their Estate Plan," Forbes.com, October 2021

"What You Need To Know About the $11 Million Estate Tax Exemption Going Away," Forbes.com, September 2021

"What Gen Z Needs To Know About Estate Taxes," Forbes.com, August 2021

"5 Power of Attorney Clauses You Need To Focus On," Forbes.com, July 2021

"Should You Disinherit Your Child?" Forbes.com, June 2021

"5 Best Practices for Virtual vs. In-Person Notarization," Forbes.com, June 2021

"5 Reasons to Have Your Parents' Estate Plan Reviewed," Forbes.com, May 2021

"5 Ways to Prevent Lost Heirs From Ruining Your Estate Plan," Forbes.com, April 2021

"5 Ways to Protect Your Bank Account After You Die," Forbes.com, April 2021

"4 Things You Should Know About Silent Trusts," Forbes.com, March 2021

"Should Your Life Insurance Be in an Irrevocable Trust?" Forbes.com, February 2021

"Should a SLAT Be Part of Your Estate Planning?" Forbes.com, February 2021

"5 Ways a Democratic Controlled White House, Senate, and House Could Affect Your Estate Planning," Forbes.com, January 2021

"Your Spouse is Dying: 5 Ways To Get Your Estate in Order Now," Forbes.com, January 2021

"Does Your Adult Child Need a Will," Forbes.com, December 2020

"What Does a Biden White House Mean for Estate Taxes," Forbes.com, November 2020

"Demystifying the Estate Plan," Forbes.com, October 2020

"If Biden Wins, Should You Gift?" Forbes.com, October 2020

"What You Need to Know About Updating Your Power of Attorney Now," Forbes.com, September 2020

"Thinking About the Unthinkable in Your Estate Planning," Forbes.com, September 2020

"4 Things You Should Know About the Death Tax Exemption," Forbes.com, August 2020

"Divorcing During COVID? 5 Things You Need to Know," Forbes.com, July 2020

"Don't Overlook Your Trust Funding," Forbes.com, July 2020

"Who Will Pay Your Estate Taxes?" Forbes.com, June 2020

"Should 'Do Not Resuscitate' Be Part of Your Estate Plan?" Forbes.com, May 2020

"Administering an Estate During The COVID-19 Crisis," Forbes.com, April 2020

"6 Parts of Your Estate Plan You Should Review Now," Forbes.com, April 2020

"Eight Estate Planning Strategies in a COVID-19 World," Forbes.com, March 2020

"Take Advantage of Trump’s Tax Law Benefits Before They Are Gone," Forbes.com, February 2020

"10 Estate Planning Ways to Say 'I Love You'," Forbes.com, February 2020

"10 Tips for Choosing a Guardian for Your Minor Child," Forbes.com, January 2020

"Will the SECURE Act Make Your Retirement More Secure?" Forbes.com, January 2020

"Why UTMA Accounts Are Not as Simple As They Seem," Forbes.com, December 2019

"Why You Should Take Advantage of Trump's Estate Tax Laws Now," Forbes.com, November 2019

"The Pros and Cons Of Electronic Wills," Forbes.com, October 2019

"What Family Businesses Need To Know About Gifting Business Interests," Forbes.com, October 2019

"7 Ways That Beneficiary Designations Can Mess Up Your Estate Plan," Forbes.com, September 2019

"9 Things you Need To Know About Power Of Attorney," Forbes.com, September 2019

"Why You Should Change Your Will Now," Forbes.com, August 2019

"Keeping Your Estate Planning Documents Safe," Forbes.com, August 2019

"Why Writing Your Own Will Is A Bad Idea," Forbes.com, July 2019

"Why A Simple Will Won't Cut It If You Have Young Children," Forbes.com, July 2019

"Six Ways to Protect Your Surviving Spouse From A Charlatan," Forbes.com, June 2019

"A Beginners Guide to Reading a Trust," Forbes.com, June 2019

"How to Choose A Trustee," Forbes.com, May 2019

"8 Things You Need To Know About The Death Tax Before You Die," Forbes.com, May 2019

"6 Estate Planning Tips for Blended Families," Forbes.com, April 2019

"How To Avoid The 8 Biggest Executor Mistakes," Forbes.com, April 2019

"Special Needs Kids Require Specialized Estate Planning," Forbes.com, March 2019

"5 Estate Planning Strategies for Singles," Forbes.com, March 2019

"10 Reasons Why You Need A Trust," Forbes.com, February 2019

"6 Ways To Protect Your Foreign Assets in Estate Planning," Forbes.com, January 2019

"9 Things You Need To Know About Estate Planning After Divorce," Forbes.com, January 2019

"How To Maximize Your Year-End Charitable Gifts," Forbes.com, December 2018

"How To Make Your Estate Plan Doomsday Ready," Forbes.com, December 2018

features

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

interviews

"Q&A: Estate Planning During COVID-19," Boston Citybizlist, April 2020

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
  • Fiduciary 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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