Ben's practice involves estate planning, estate administration, estate and gift taxation, and fiduciary litigation. He provides individual clients with advice on various estate planning matters involving estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes.
He also advises corporate fiduciaries and trust departments concerning the administration of trusts and estates and related tax and regulatory issues. He regularly represents corporate fiduciaries, individual fiduciaries, and beneficiaries in fiduciary litigation matters and trust administration matters.
While earning his JD, Ben was a member of the editorial board of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
Representing corporate trustee of trusts with assets in excess of $4 billion.
Reformation of testamentary trusts to qualify as charitable remainder trusts - saving millions of dollars in unnecessary taxes.
Advising and assisting clients regarding the tax-efficient transmission of family-owned business to younger generations, including the strategic use of partnerships, LLCs, grantor trusts, reorganizations, recapitalizations, employee benefit plans, buy-sell agreements and installment sales.
Establishing complex giving strategies, including charitable lead trusts and charitable remainder trusts, to accomplish the charitable goals of clients while minimizing taxes.
Obtaining favorable private letter rulings from the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service regarding estate and generation-skipping transfer tax issues.
Representing corporate fiduciaries in general fiduciary claims, including actions for removal and improper investments.
Fellow in The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Selected for inclusion, Private Wealth Law, Band 1, Virginia, 2017, "Up and Coming", Virginia, 2018; Chambers HNW Guide
Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Estate & Probate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013
Member, Tax Section, American Bar Association
Member, Taxation Section; Trusts and Estates Section, Virginia Bar Association
Member, Trusts and Estates Section, Virginia State Bar
Member, The Estate Planning Council of Richmond, Virginia
Secretary, Trust Administrators Council of Richmond
Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel