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William N. Friedler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Boston, MA

Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C.
255 State Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: 617-570-3533
Fax: 617-742-2355
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019
Licensed in Massachusetts Since: 1981
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate, Elder Law, Real Estate: Business
Attorney Profile

The Ruberto, Israel & Weiner P.C. Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Adminstration Group maintain offices in Boston and Newton. As a Shareholder in this group, Bill Friedler counsels families, individuals, professionals and owners of closely held businesses to plan their estates to maximize the amount of wealth that is passed to their heirs free from estate and gift taxes.  Prior to joining Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, Bill was a Partner and Chair of the Trust and Estate Planning Group of Conn, Kavanaugh, Rosenthal, Peisch & Ford LLP. in Boston. Prior to that Bill was the founder and Managing Partner of the Friedler Law Group, a boutique probate, trust and estate planning firm for 25 years.

The professionals at Ruberto, Israel & Weiner P.C. provide legal advice to elder clients to help preserve their estates for the benefit of their heirs, address long-term care planning matters and represent clients with respect to probate, guardianship, and trust administration.   The attorneys and professional staff at Ruberto, Israel & Weiner P.C. possess many years of experience and knowledge and are dedicated to providing every client with personal attention and superior quality legal representation. Bill Friedler personally prides himself on his ability to take difficult concepts and explain them to clients in plain English. We oversee the entire estate planning process and help you implement the estate plan even after the plan is signed.

Some of our typical clients that we routinely help include the following: Retired individuals and couples;Professionals-Physicians, Lawyers, Dentists, Engineers and Architects;Couples with young children who wish to provide for them and each other in the event of a premature death;Adult Children who wish to Protect their parent's assets from extraordinary nursing home and long term care expenses;Parents of a child with a disability or special needs who they wish to protect with a supplemental/special needs trust;Executives and owners of closely held businesses who wish to transition their business to family members or others participating in the business at minimal tax cost;Couples with “blended” (or not so blended) families (with children from prior marriages); Couples with one spouse who is not a U.S. citizen and require special marital deduction tax planning; Same sex couples or unmarried couples;and Sellers of Residential Homes; and Trustees and/or /Personal Representatives/Executors of Estates and Trusts.

We provide sound planning and peace of mind.

About William N. Friedler

First Admitted: 1981, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage:


  • Selected for Inclusion In The 2015 thru 2019 Publication of "Best Lawyers In America" in the field of Elder Law and 2019 in the field of Estate Planning.
  • AV Preeminent-Highest Rating, Martindale Hubbell

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Contributing Author, "Practical Estate Planning in Massachusetts",  Chapter 3, Part V, “Red Flags To Consider When Drafting Estate Plans” , Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Publisher (1998, updated and reprinted in 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2019);   Panelist, 7th Annual New England Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) & The Law Conference: Topic "Mediation in the Estate Planning and Probate Administration Context" Sponsored by MCLE (2015); Co-Author & Panelist, "Medicaid Planning Update", (Sept. 1998, 1996, June 1995, 1993, 1992), published by the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA);   Co-Author & Panelist, “Advanced Estate Planning Techniques in Massachusetts”, National Business Institute (1995);   Co-Author & Panelist, “Estate and Medicaid Planning for the Elderly” (March & October 1993 & 1994), (MBA);   Co-Author & Panelist, "Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples", (Jan.1993 MBA Mid Year Meeting, 1992 & 1991); Co-Author & Lecturer, "Massachusetts Probate: Beyond the Basics," National Business Institute (1994);   Co-Author & Lecturer, "Preparing Documents for Simple Estate Plans", MCLE, (1993);   Co-Author & Lecturer, "Estate Tax Reform:The New Massachusetts Sponge Tax", MBA (1992 & 93);   Co-Author & Lecturer, “Annual Update on Estate & Fiduciary Tax Laws”, (MBA Tax Section, Nov. 1993).

Pro bono/Community Service

  • President of Temple Beth Avodah, Newton, MA (July 2009-June 2011).

Educational Background

  • Boston University Law School LLM Taxation, 1983

Industry Groups

  • Boston Estate Planning Council
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
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Office Location for William N. Friedler

255 State Street
7th Floor
Boston, MA 02109

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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