Len Leader speaks at ABA Sections of Taxation and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Joint Fall CLE Meeting

November 4, 2003
Leonard Leader, of Westport, was a panelist at the Joint Fall CLE Meeting of the American Bar Association Sections of Taxation and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law held September 11-13, 2003 in Chicago.  Mr. Leader participated as a member of the Closely-Held Business Committee and spoke on post-mortem planning techniques relating to business interests.
 
Mr. Leader is chair of the Trusts and Estates Department of the law firm of Wiggin & Dana.  With over 155 lawyers in New Haven, Hartford, Stamford, New York and Philadelphia, Wiggin & Dana provides legal counsel to individuals and families, private businesses, entrepreneurs, as well as major corporations and institutions.  Mr. Leader is a resident partner in Wiggin & Dana’s Stamford office. 
 
The Trusts and Estates Department at Wiggin & Dana offers estate planning and administration services, including drafting of wills, trusts, marital agreements, probate and estate settlement services, trusts administration and tax return preparation.
 
A 1970 graduate of the City College of New York, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Mr. Leader received a law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1973, cum laude, and a Masters of Law in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1982.
 
He is a member of the Estate and Gift Taxes Committee of the Taxation Section of the American Bar Association, the Estate Planning and Administration for Business Owners Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association, and was Chairman of a Task Force on Charitable Easements.
 
Mr. Leader also is a member of the Trusts and Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association, the Executive Committee of the Probate Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Probate Section of the Bridgeport Bar Association. He participated in the preparation of a review of recent developments in the area of estate and gift taxation published in The Tax Lawyer.  Mr. Leader co-authored an article in the Connecticut Law Tribune on estate planning for the owner of intellectual property entitled "Creative Clients Require Creative Planning," which was selected by the Legal Times for national publication. He also authored "Excluded Gifts Are Not Necessarily GST--Exempt" published in the November/December 1991 issue of Probate & Property Magazine .
 
Mr. Leader serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Family Business of the University of New Haven and was recently elected as Vice President and to the Board of Directors of the Jewish Home for the Elderly of Fairfield Men’s Club.
 
Mr. Leader can be reached in the Stamford office at 203.363.7602 or by email at [email protected].