Frederick J. Tansill

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Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in McLean, VA

Frederick J. Tansill & Associates, LLC
 | 6723 Whittier Ave, Suite 104
McLean, VA 22101
Phone: 703-847-1359
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1974
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (80%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • International (10%)
Attorney Profile

Frederick (Fred) J. Tansill is the founder and managing partner of Frederick J. Tansill & Associates, LLC - a McLean, Virginia, law firm providing tax-oriented estate planning, probate and probate-related litigation services, primarily for clients in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Fred has more than 30 years of experience in these matters, including many as a partner at two of this area’s largest law firms. He has particularly extensive experience assisting professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, investors, owners of closely held businesses, bank trust departments, individual trustees and other fiduciaries. Fred is frequently involved in business counsel and tax planning for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Fred also has a particular interest and expertise in asset protection as well as in international tax issues.

Fred is the author of several articles and frequently speaks to legal and business audiences on matters related to estates, taxes, asset protection, international trusts, charitable giving, closely held businesses and legal ethics. He is an invited fellow of the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and holds membership in several other professional organizations as well, including the Virginia and D.C. bar associations and the Society of Trust and Estate Professionals.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Estate Planning & Probate (80%)

Business/Corporate (10%)

International (10%)

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017

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About Frederick Tansill

Admitted: 1974, Virginia

Professional Webpage: http://www.fredtansill.com/attorneys/fred/

Honors and Awards:

  • Crystal Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to the Northern Virginia Community Foundation, 1996
  • Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2006 - present, AV-rated (top) for 20 years
  • Listed in the December 2002 issue of Virginia Business as one of the "2002 Legal Elite" in the Taxes/Estates/Trusts category
  • Listed in the June 2005 issue of The Washingtonian as one of the lawyers to see if you need a Prenuptial Agreement, and in the December 2008 and 2009 issues of The Washingtonian as one of the "Best Lawyers in Washington" under the Trusts and Estates category. He was also named by the magazine in 1997 and 2002
  • One of about 100 Northern Virginia Lawyers listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1997, representing 13 years of his special recognition in this publication
  • Founder's Award from the Whitman-Walker Clinic for helping to establish its pro bono legal program in Northern Virginia
  • D.C. Bar Frederick B. Abramson Award as Co-Chair of Bar Section (Wills, Trusts and Probate Law) With Outstanding Community Service Record

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chairman, Fairfax County Bar, Wills, Estates and Trusts Section, 1986
  • Virginia
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Chairman, Fairfax County Bar, Tax Section, 1987 - 1988
  • Executive Council, Virginia Bar Association, Section of Taxation, 1988 - 1990
  • President, Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council, 1990 - 1991
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), 1991 - Present
  • Legislative Committee, Virginia Bar Association, 1994 - 2000
  • Executive Council, Virginia Bar Association, Wills, Trusts and Estates Section, 1990 - 1997
  • Steering Committee, District of Columbia Bar, Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section, 1995 - 2000
  • Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar, Trusts and Estates Section, 1988 - 1996
  • Society of Trust and Estate Professionals ("STEP"-an international organization of wealth and tax planners)
  • United States Tax Court Bar
  • Fairfax County Bar

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Founding Member, Board of Governors, The Tower Club in Tysons Corner, 1988 - 1998
  • Board Member, McLean Orchestra, 2006 - 2008
  • Junior League
  • American Cancer Society
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • American Heart Association
  • Vice President, Northern Virginia Community Foundation, 1998 - 1999
  • General Counsel, Northern Virginia Community Foundation, 1992 - 1997
  • President, Northern Virginia Community Foundation, 1999 - 2000
  • Member, Board's Executive Committee, Northern Virginia Community Foundation, 1992 - Present

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "Asset Protection Planning: Planning for the Protection of Family Assets from Claims of Creditors and Other Predators." ALI-ABA Program on Estate Planning In Depth, Madison, Wisconsin, June, 2010
  • "Asset Protection Trusts (APTs): Non-Tax Issues," ALI-ABA Annual Seminar on International Trust and Estate Planning, Chicago, August, 2010
  • "Asset Protection Trusts (APTs): Non-Tax Issues," ALI-ABA Annual Seminar on International Trust and Estate Planning, Boston, October, 2009
  • "Planning for Asset Protection", 44th Annual Advanced ALI-ABA Summer Program at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, June, 2008
  • "Uses of Family Limited Liability Entities in Estate, Financial, Tax and Asset Protection Planning, Including Recent Developments and Other Asset Protection Vehicles", National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, Quarterly Workshop: Advanced Estate Planning, July, 2008
  • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts, Non-Tax Issues", ALI-ABA Annual Seminar on International Estate Planning, Santa Fe, July 31 - August 1, 2008
  • "Planning for Uncertain Times," The National Gift Planning Council, December, 2008
  • "Planning for Forever", Georgetown University, an estate planning seminar for alumni/ae sponsored by the Office of Planned Giving, June, 2007
  • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts, Non-Tax Issues", ALI-ABA Annual Seminar on International Estate Planning, Chicago, August, 2007
  • "U.S. Income and Transfer Tax Planning for U.S. Citizens, Resident and Non-Resident Aliens and Non-Citizens, International Estate Planning and the Use of Foreign Trusts", Virginia Society of CPAs 2007 Tax & Financial Planning Expo, The National Conference Center, Lansdowne, VA, November, 2007
  • "American Bar Association, Community Outreach Program", Overview of Estate Planning, February, 2006
  • "Planning for Forever", Georgetown University, an estate planning seminar for alumni/ae sponsored by the Office of Planned Giving, June, 2006
  • "U.S. Income and Transfer Tax Planning For U.S. Citizens, Resident Aliens and Non-Citizens, International Estate Planning and the Use of Foreign Trusts", an estate planning seminar sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank, June, 2006
  • "Asset Protection Planning, Domestic and Offshore, Including Ethical and Malpractice Considerations", National Business Institute (NBI) Seminar, September, 2006
  • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts, Non-Tax Issues", ALI-ABA Annual Seminar on International Estate Planning, Boston, October, 2006
  • "Protecting Real Estate from Creditors", Estate Planning - RIA, October, 2006
  • "Getting to Win-Win: Doing Well for the Donor's Family and the Donor's Advisors While Doing Good for Your Charity", National Capitol Gift Planning Council, May, 2005
  • "Asset Protection Planning", Third Annual Financial Planning Forum, Financial Planning Association of Central Virginia and the Virginia Society of CPAs, Richmond, Virginia, June, 2005
  • "Planning for Forever", Georgetown University, an estate planning seminar for alumni/ae sponsored by the Office of Planned Giving, June, 2005
  • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts, Non-Tax Issues", ALI-ABA Annual Seminar on International Estate Planning, Seattle, August, 2005
  • Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Northern Virginia Chapter, "Recent Developments re Family Limited Partnerships and Discounted Estate Tax and Gift Tax Appraisals of Limited Partnership Interests", May, 2004
  • "Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts (CRATs) and Charitable Remainder Unitrusts (CRUTs)", D.C. Bar, May, 2004
  • "Asset Protection Planning", Virginia Society of CPAs, Richmond, Virginia, June, 2004
  • "Planning for Forever", Georgetown University, an estate planning seminar for alumni/ae sponsored by the Office of Planned Giving, June, 2004
  • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts, Non-Tax Issues", ALI-ABA Annual Seminar on International Estate Planning, Toronto, August, 2004
  • "Planning for Forever", Georgetown University, an estate planning seminar for alumni/ae sponsored by the Office of Planned Giving, October, 2004
  • "Planning for Forever", an estate planning seminar for alumni/ae sponsored by the Office of Planned Giving, Georgetown University, May, 2003
  • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts: Non-Tax Issues", ALI-ABA, San Diego, August, 2003
  • "Asset Protection Strategies", Information Management Network, Conference on High-Net-Worth Real Estate Investing, New York City, September, 2003
  • "Planning for Forever", an estate planning seminar sponsored by Georgetown University Law School, October, 2003
  • "Planning Strategies for the Preservation of Family Assets from Claims of Creditors and Other Predators", Virginia State Bar Annual Trusts and Estates Conference, November, 2003
  • "Guarding Your Assets - Be Positive About Trusts," Legal Times, April, 2003
  • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts: Non-Tax Issues", ALI-ABA Annual Seminar on International Estate Planning, Boston, October, 2002
  • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts: Non-Tax Issues", ALI-ABA Annual Seminar on International Estate Planning, Chicago, October, 2001
  • "Probate and Post-Mortem Tax Planning for the Non-Specialist Lawyer and CPA", Fairfax Bar Association, January, 2000
  • Various Topics at a Seminar Sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc. For Professional Partners For Community Philanthropy, Salisbury, Maryland, June, 2000
  • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts: Non-Tax Issues", ALI-ABA, San Francisco, August, 2000
  • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts", A Seminar Sponsored by the Virginia Beach Community Foundation for Professional Advisors, September, 2000
  • "Planning Strategies for the Protection of Family Assets from Claims of Creditors and Other Predators", Virginia CLE, Presented live and on videotape to 600-plus lawyers around the state, November, 2000
  • "A Jurisdictional Comparison of Potential Situses For Asset Protection Trusts", Journal of Asset Protection (January/February, 2000
  • "Estate Planning for the Senior Corporate Executive in a Public Corporation: Life Insurance and Retirement Plans", Wills, Trusts and Estate Section, Fairfax County Bar, January, 1999
  • "Charitable Planning Using Community Foundations, An Overview", D.C. Bar, June, 1999
  • "Anatomy of Offshore Asset Protection Trusts: A Jurisdictional Comparison of Potential Situses for Asset Protection Trusts", ABA Annual Meeting, Atlanta, August, 1999
  • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts With A Jurisdictional Comparison to Delaware", Baltimore Estate Planning Council, September, 1999
  • "Are Revocable Trusts Oversold and Overused? Practical Nontax and Tax Considerations in the Use of Revocable Inter Vivos Trusts", Tax Management Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal (Part I - November - December 1998; Part II - March, 1999
  • "Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 -- Changes in Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax and Other Changes Affecting Estates and Trusts", Annual Tax Update Program, Fairfax Bar Association and the Northern Virginia Chapter of the AICPA, January, 1998
  • "The Use of Buy-Sell Agreements in Estate Planning and Business Succession Planning", D.C. Bar Winter Convention, February, 1998
  • "Newest Twists In Perpetual Asset Protection Trusts: Delaware and Alaska As Offshore Jurisdictions", D.C. Bar, April, 1998
  • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts", ALI-ABA Annual Advanced International Estate Planning Seminar, New Orleans, September, 1998
  • "Estate Planning for Residential Real Estate", D.C. Bar 1997 Winter Convention, February, 1997
  • "Living with Living Trusts", Winter Meeting, Virginia Bar Association, January 1997 and D.C. Bar, April, 1997
  • "Asset Protection Strategies", Alexandria Bar Association, April, 1997
  • "New Delaware and Alaska Trust Legislation", AACTEC Regional Meeting, Asheville, N.C., September, 1997
  • "1996 U.S. Tax Changes Affecting International Trusts and Expatriation" (with Leigh Basha) Newsletter of the Wills, Trusts, and Estate Section, Virginia State Bar, Spring, 1997
  • "United States Income and Transfer Tax Planning for Non-Citizens, International Estate Planning, and the Use of Foreign Trusts", Fairfax Bar Association and Virginia Society of CPAs, January, 1996
  • "Tax, Asset Protection and Estate Planning for Individuals in the Offshore Arena", Dauphin County (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Bar Association, November 1996 and Virginia State Bar, June, 1996
  • "No U.S. Connections Allowed with an Offshore Trust? Wrong! Use Onshore Contacts," Journal of Asset Protection, May/June, 1996
  • "Business Succession Planning for the Closely-Held Company", D.C. Bar, February, 1995
  • "Lawyers Serving as Fiduciaries -- Ethical Rules", A Virginia Bar Association Summer Meeting, The Greenbrier, July, 1995
  • "Solving the Puzzle: GRITS, GRATS, GRUTS, QPRTS", 1994 AICPA Conference on Tax Strategies for High Income Individuals, Nashville and Las Vegas, May, 1994
  • "A Passion For Excellence: Evolving Professional Standards in Estate Planning Practice", Virginia Lawyer, January, 1994
  • "Property Preservation Planning -- Estate Planning, Debtors Rights Planning", Virginia Advanced Estate Planning and Administration Seminar, April, 1993
  • "Primer: Risks of Malpractice and Ethical Issues in Estate Planning and Estate and Trust Administration", Virginia State Bar in Acapulco, November, 1992

Educational Background:

  • Georgetown University, J.D. in Taxation, 1982
  • Brown University, B.A., with Honors, 1970
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6723 Whittier Ave
Suite 104
McLean, VA 22101

Phone: 703-847-1359

 

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