Brian R. Bassett

Retired Partner

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  • JD, magna cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 1996; Article Editor, Boston University Law Review
  • BA, Amherst College, 1992

Qualifications

  • Massachusetts, 1996
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2015-2018)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers - Rising Stars (2005, 2006)

Brian R. Bassett

Retired Partner

Brian Bassett joined the Private Client Group in 1996 and became a partner of the firm in 2005. His practice concentrates on estate planning and trust administration, with a focus on international tax and estate planning. The international portion of Brian’s practice involves working closely with foreign counsel in various countries to address sophisticated cross-border matters for domestic and foreign clients.

Brian is also a member of the firm’s Trust Conference, which is responsible for the investment management of client trust accounts.

Experience

Brian works closely with high net worth individuals, senior executives, private equity and hedge fund principals, and established family offices on a variety of estate and trust matters. In the international arena, Brian works with his foreign client base to structure the ownership of U.S. and foreign privately-held business interests, real estate and other investments under the complex U.S. income, gift and estate tax rules that apply to foreign individuals. Brian also assists foreign executives who are moving to the United States with pre immigration tax and estate planning. Brian works regularly with foreign counsel to coordinate his U.S. tax and estate planning advice with the law of a foreign client’s home jurisdiction.

Brian is a regular lecturer on foreign trusts and generation-skipping transfer tax matters at programs sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), and has spoken on foreign trusts as part of the ALI-ABA course of study on Sophisticated Estate Planning Techniques. He has also written or contributed to various articles, including an article in Estate Planning entitled “New Regs. on the Tax Effects of Funding ‘Outbound’ Foreign Trusts” and the chapter on foreign trusts in Drafting Irrevocable Trusts in Massachusetts, published by MCLE.