617-720-6040

“I went to law school knowing that I wanted to practice in trusts and estates.  I take pride in being able to help my clients achieve peace of mind through a carefully and thoughtfully drafted plan that takes into consideration all of the client’s specific goals.  I appreciate that at Bove & Langa we strive to build lasting relationships with our clients through our high level of legal expertise, our dedication to client service, and our commitment to quality work.”

Karen Witherell
Bove & Langa
10 Tremont Street
Suite 600
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-720-6040
Fax: 617-720-1919
www.bovelanga.com
witherell@bovelanga.com

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Karen Witherell

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Karen brings to Bove & Langa a significant background in Trusts and Estates law and a strong commitment to her clients. Prior to joining Bove & Langa, Karen practiced Trusts and Estates law with a mid-sized regional law firm.

In addition to her work in private practice, Karen has worked directly with the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court and other counsel to implement the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC). Karen was a member of the MUPC Implementation Committee and served on both the MUPC Rules Subcommittee and the Transitional Rule Subcommittee in 2010 and 2011. Karen has also served as a Judicial Law Clerk in six divisions of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court.

Karen attended law school with the intention of practicing in Trusts and Estates law and was committed to this goal throughout law school. During her time at Vermont Law School, Karen served as a Legal Intern to the Vermont Legislative Study Group reviewing a restructuring the Vermont Probate Court system and as a Judicial Intern to Justice Belcher of the Washington County Probate Court in Montpelier, Vermont.

 

Practice Areas

• Estate and Gift Tax Planning
• Probate Law and Administration
• Family Business and Succession Planning
• Trusts for the Beneficiary with Special Considerations
• Charitable Giving
• Special Trusts for the Disabled and for Personal Injury Settlements
• Estate and Gift Tax Return Preparation
• Prenuptial Agreements

Memberships
  • Boston Estate Planning Council – Programs Committee Member (2014- present); WIC Committee Member (2013-2014)
  • Trusts and Estates Consortium: Member
  • Boston Bar Association: Member
Books and Texts
  • Contributing author for MCLE: Drafting Estate Plans – 2016 Supplement
  • Contributing author for MCLE: Drafting Wills and Trusts in Massachusetts – 2012 Supplement & 2015 Supplement
  • Contributing author for MCLE: Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Massachusetts – 2013 Supplement & 2015 Supplement
Articles & Presentations
  • Speaker – “Planning Under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code & Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code” at MCLE for BasicPlus! Estate Planning – September 2016
  • Lifetime Gifting to Reduce Massachusetts Estate Tax, Winter II 2015 Edition of SUMNEWS by the Massachusetts Society of CPAs
  • Regular speaker on Alumni panels for the Boston University Law School Graduate Tax Program
  • McLane Middleton Law Firm – Estates and Trust Speaker Series
  • One Year Later – The Massachusetts Uniform Probate and Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code – September 2013
  • Lifetime Gifting to Reduce Massachusetts Estate Tax – September 2014
  • Panelist for MCLE: “Decoding the MUPC & MUTC – 2 Years Later” – May 2014
  • Trust and Estates Consortium – Lifetime Gifting to Reduce Massachusetts Estate Tax –  December 2014
Education & Admissions

Education:

  • Boston University Law School Graduate Tax Program – LL.M. in Taxation, 2011, Recipient of The Ernest M. Haddad Award for best example of overall ability based on academic achievement, character, and potential to serve the public interest.
  • Vermont Law School – J.D. cum laude, 2005
  • University of Vermont – BA in Geology, 1999

Admissions:

  • Massachusetts, 2005