Leonard Leader


Leonard Leader
office Stamford
phone 203-363-7602
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Len has decades of experience helping clients solve tax and estate planning challenges so they can build their wealth and bequeath it to younger generations. He serves as Partner and Chair of the Private Client Services Department at Wiggin and Dana. Len advises clients on estate and probate law, tax planning, elder law, and family business succession planning.

Len is a nationally recognized trust and estate lawyer. Worth Magazine has named him one of "Top 100 Trust and Estate Lawyers" in the country. He was also recognized in the 2018 edition of New York Best Lawyers listing, as he has been since 2008. Connecticut Super Lawyers magazine has listed him in the category of Estate and Probate since 2007 as well. 

Len is a prolific thought leader in his field. He is a contributing writer on estate planning to several law publications, and is a frequent speaker on estate and tax planning topics to bar associations, business groups, and continuing education programs. He presents at an annual fiduciary income tax workshop for Professional Education Systems. He prepared a review of new developments in estate and gift taxation published in The Tax Lawyer. He co-authored an article on "Creative Clients Require Creative Planning" in the Connecticut Law Tribune, which was selected by the Legal Times for national publication. He also authored "Excluded Gifts Are Not Necessarily GST-Exempt" for Probate & Property Magazine.

Len is a member of the Taxation Section, the Generation Skipping Trusts Committee of the Estate Planning and Drafting Group of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association, and was Chairman of a Task Force on Charitable Easements. He is also a member of the Trusts and Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Executive Committee of the Estates and Probate Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. 

Len is also passionately committed to helping the elderly, especially in his roles as Past President of the Jewish Home for the Elderly of Fairfield Men's Club and a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Home.


  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Taxation Section
    • Member, Estate and Gift Taxes Committee
    • Chairman, Task Force on Charitable Easements
    • Member, Generation Skipping Trusts Committee of the Estate Planning and Drafting Group of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association
    • Member, Executive Committee, Estates and Probate Section
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Member, Trusts and Estates Section


12.22.2017President Trump Signs Tax Reform Legislation
12.12.2017Private Client Services 2017 Year-End Advisory
11.09.2017Domicile and Residence
11.09.2017Strategies For Owning Property In Multiple States
11.01.2017Connecticut Estate Tax Exemption Increased
02.06.2017A 2017 Repeal of the "Death Tax?"
12.15.2016Private Client Services 2016 Year-End Advisory
08.17.2016New Proposed Regulations Concerning Valuation Discounts
07.27.2016Portability: A Useful Estate Planning Tool
12.22.20152015 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory
07.15.2015Connecticut Budget Set to Impact the State's Highest Earners
02.26.2015Obama Administration's 2016 Budget Proposal
12.22.20142014 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory
06.02.2014Significant Changes to New York Estate and Income Tax Law Effective April 1, 2014
02.03.2014Estate Planning For Your Digital Assets
12.06.20132013 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory
04.30.2013Income Tax Provisions of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and Other Recent Legislation
01.14.2013Estate Planning Ramifications of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

Published Works

12.30.2009Beneficiary Designations: A Supreme DecisionConnecticut Bar Association Estates and Probate Newsletter
09.04.2009Closely Held Businesses in Troubled Times: Top 10 things owners should be considering now
04.13.2005Subchapter S Stock in Trust Special ConsiderationsEstates & Probate Commentary, Connecticut Bar Association, Feb. 2005
08.19.2003Section 645 Election to Treat Revocable Trust as Part of the Grantor's Estate - Final Regulations Provide GuidanceEstates & Probate Newsletter of the Connecticut Bar Association, August 2003
03.18.2003Fiduciary Income Tax Issues for Closely Held Business InterestsReprinted with permission from Probate & Property, March/April, 2003

office Stamford
phone 203-363-7602
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  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1973, cum laude
  • City College of the City University of New York, B.A., 1970, cum laude
  • New York University Graduate School of Law, LL.M., 1982


  • Connecticut
  • New York


  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)
  • US District Court (Southern District of New York)

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