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International Estate & Tax Planning 2018

Author(s): Megan R. Worrell, Dean C. Berry
Practice Area: Banking
Published: May 2018
ISBN: 9781402431746
PLI Item #: 218952
CHB Spine #: D524

Dean Berry, Chair of the firm's Private Client Group, counsels clients on developing and implementing tax-efficient strategies for the management and transfer of private wealth, with a focus on complex U.S. and international trust and estate planning. He frequently works with attorneys, accountants, investment advisers and fiduciaries within and outside the U.S. to provide coordinated advice to clients having contacts with more than one country.

In his estate planning practice, Dean advises U.S. and foreign clients on the U.S. personal income, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax laws. Planning often includes the preparation of wills and the establishment of structures utilizing trusts, partnerships, limited liability companies and insurance. Representative clients include individuals with family connections to multiple jurisdictions, individuals married to non-U.S. citizen spouses, U.S. beneficiaries of foreign trusts, U.S. shareholders of foreign corporations and foreign persons owning U.S. assets. When necessary, he represents clients in tax audits, appeals and litigation. In the area of estate and trust administration, he advises fiduciaries and beneficiaries with respect to probate, the prudent investor standard for investments, fiduciary accountings, controversies, and related court proceedings.

Dean also advises and assists philanthropic donors in making charitable gifts through private foundations, donor-advised funds, and charitable split-interest trusts, and advises charitable organizations on corporate and tax matters.

Dean is a member of the American Bar Association (Section on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law) and the New York State Bar Association (Trusts and Estates Section). He received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College, where he was selected for Phi Beta Kappa in his Junior year, an A.M. in History from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and an LL.M in Taxation from the New York University School of Law.

Megan R. Worrell is the Vice Chair of the Duane Morris’ Private Client Services Practice Group, and head of the group's International Practice division. She practices in the area of U.S. and international tax and wealth transfer planning, specifically assisting clients with cross-border issues to develop tax-efficient estate plans. Her work involves foreign trusts, pre-immigration and expatriation planning, planning for the purchase of U.S. property by non-U.S. persons, asset transfers, beneficiary conflicts, and compliance with federal and state estate, gift, inheritance and income tax returns. She also has extensive experience with clients who have made voluntary disclosures to the IRS, including clients disclosing overseas accounts and complying with reporting obligations for those with overseas interests.

Prior to and while attending law school, Ms. Worrell worked as a tax consultant at Arthur Andersen and Deloitte & Touche.

Ms. Worrell is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, and is licensed in Pennsylvania as a certified public accountant. She is a 2003 graduate of Fordham University School of Law, where she was a member of the Fordham International Law Journal, and a graduate of Widener University (M.S., Taxation, summa cum laude) and Salisbury State University (B.S., Accounting, summa cum laude).