Creating Estate Plans for Families, Same-Sex Partners and Same-Sex Spouses
Creating estate plans for purposes of succession planning, tax planning, and avoidance of probate, including plans for non-traditional families, same-sex partners and same-sex spouses.
Life Insurance Trusts and Other Irrevocable Trusts
Creation and administration of life insurance trusts and other irrevocable trusts for wealth transfer purposes.
Gift and Estate Tax Returns
Preparation of gift and estate tax returns.
Family Limited Liability Companies
Creation of family limited liability companies to facilitate business succession and estate planning goals.
Gift Agreements Between Donors and Non-Profits
Negotiating and creating gift agreements between donors and non-profit entities.
Advises clients on all aspects of charitable planning while working with firm professionals including philanthropic advisers, financial planners, and accountants.
Administration of A Range of Family Trusts
Involved in the active administration of marital trusts, family trusts, generation-skipping trusts and other sophisticated arrangements which routinely require working with individuals of second and third generations of families
Creation of family foundations and guidance to the clients involved regarding the formulation and implementation of family grant-making programs for charitable giving purposes.
Revocable and Irrevocable Trust Arrangements
Drafting and implementing revocable and irrevocable trust arrangements to take advantage of income and wealth transfer planning opportunities. Advising on the selection of trustees and implementing appropriate trustee succession arrangements.
Advising Professional and Family Executors and Trustees
Advising professional and family executors and trustees in understanding fiduciary duties and tax laws in connection with the administration of estates and trusts.
Provincetown Commons: A Home for Creativity and Innovation
Representation of Provincetown Commons, Inc., in connection with corporate formation, governance, obtaining tax exempt status, lease/contract review and negotiation, and obtaining local permits and approvals.
Provincetown Commons is renovating, adapting and programming a nearly century-old community center located in the heart of Provincetown, MA, for use by the local community. The revitalized community center will provide year-round working space and professional support to area artists, other members of the local creative economy, and start-up businesses, and will serve as a gathering space for educational and community initiatives, as well as for the Outer Cape Cod community at large. Aiming to contribute to strengthening Provincetown’s year-round economy, the Provincetown Commons will serve as a nexus for creativity, collaboration, and new economic opportunity.
As general counsel to Provincetown Commons, Goulston & Storrs attorneys created formation documents, registered the corporation with the Secretary of the Commonwealth and Massachusetts Attorney General, and obtained 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS. We worked closely with Provincetown Commons on all aspects of the re-development process, including negotiation of the lease and related documents with the Town of Provincetown, obtaining local permits and approvals and negotiating the construction contract with the contractor. Provincetown Commons had its grand opening in late 2018, and we continue to provide legal support and counsel to the transformative community center.
Provincetown Commons pre-renovation
Provincetown Commons post-renovation
Photos courtesy of Provincetown Commons