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Kristen Bennett is passionate about the law and enjoys helping her clients navigate potentially confusing areas of estate planning, as well as estate and trust administration, with care, understanding and compassion. She keeps abreast of the ever-changing laws that affect her clients so that she can give them the most up-to-date information possible. Practicing in the firm’s Greater Wilmington, Delaware office, Kristen also provides counsel on taxation and tax planning for individuals and businesses.

Kristen’s work encompasses all aspects of wills and trusts, including the probate of wills, the marshaling and inventory of assets, and the administration of living and testamentary trusts. In addition, Kristen provides counsel on estate and trust administration, including probate, estate tax returns, income tax returns, post-mortem tax planning, and other administration issues. From time to time, she represents clients in guardianship proceedings and petitions related to probate or trust administration in the Delaware Court of Chancery. She also advises clients on special needs planning and supplemental/special needs trusts.

Kristen is a frequent speaker on such topics as estate planning, estate tax and special needs planning. Speaking engagements include:

  • Bridge the Gap, the Annual Supreme Court of Delaware Pre-Admission Conference, Meeting the Expectations of the Client – Wills and Estates (2009-2017)
  • Delaware Trust Conference – Estate Planning Drafting Workshop (2012), The Matching Game: a discussion about emerging Uniform Laws compared to Delaware law (2017)
  • Delaware State Bar Association – Basics of Special Needs Trusts (2011), Fundamentals of Estate Planning (2014), Understanding Delaware’s Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets (2015), Fundamentals of Will Drafting and Estate Administration (2017)
  • National Business Institute – Legal Ethics in Estate Planning (2016), Frequently Used Trusts for Estate and Financial Planning (2017)

Location

  • 3711 Kennett Pike, Suite 100
    Wilmington, DE 19807

Education

  • Georgetown University, LL.M Taxation, graduated 2007
  • University of Richmond, J.D., graduated 2004
  • Furman University, B.A., graduated 2001

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware, 2004
  • Pennsylvania, 2010

Affiliations

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) - Mid-Atlantic Fellows Institute
  • Delaware Bar Association - Member, Estates and Trusts Section
  • Delaware Bar Association - Member, Tax Section
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association - Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Sussex County Bar Association - Member
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Estate Planning Council of Delaware, Inc. - Member
  • Delaware CarePlan, Inc. - Member, Board of Directors
  • Alliance for Health Equity - Member, Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance Committee

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Awards:

  • Super Lawyers Delaware Rising Star in Tax, 2013-2016
  • Main Line Today Top Lawyers 2021-2022
  • Daily Local News Top Lawyers Readers Choice Awards 2021-2022

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P. Kristen Bennett on Fundamentals of Will Drafting and Estate Administration


P. Kristen Bennett on Fundamentals of Will Drafting and Estate Administration

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