William N. Friedler

Top rated estate planning & probate attorney in Boston, Massachusetts

William N. Friedler

Practice Areas: Estate planning & probate, Elder law, Real estate

Licensed in Massachusetts since: 1981

Education: Suffolk University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019


1 Federal St
20th Floor
Boston, MA 02110 Phone: 617-292-2850 Email: William N. Friedler Visit website


Verrill’s Private Clients and Fiduciary Practice Group maintain offices throughout New England. As a Member of this group as Counsel, Bill Friedler advises 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 Verrill Bill was a Shareholder with Ruberto, Israel & Weiner in Boston. Prior to Ruberto Israel, Bill was a Partner and Chair of the Trust and Estate Planning Group at Conn, Kavanaugh, Rosenthal, Peisch & Ford LLP. in Boston. Prior to joining Conn, Kavanaugh Bill was the founder and Managing Partner of the Friedler Law Group, a boutique probate, trust and estate planning firm for 25 years, located in Boston and Newton  

The professionals at Verrill provide legal advice to 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 professionals at  Verrill possess many years of experience and knowledge and they 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. We provide full estate and trust administration services  

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 parents’ assets from extraordinary nursing home and long term care expenses; Parents of a child with a disability or special needs; 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; and Trustees and/or /Personal Representatives/Executors of Estates and Trusts.

We provide sound planning and peace of mind.

First Admitted: 1981, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: https://www.verrill-law.com/bill-friedler/

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; 2022);   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).
  • Selected for Inclusion In The 2015 thru 2022 Publication of "Best Lawyers In America" in the field of Elder Law and 2019-22 in the field of Estate Planning., US News & Report
  • Selected Every Year Since 2009-2022 as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer., Massachusetts Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent-Highest Rating, Martindale Hubbell
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • President of Temple Beth Avodah, Newton, MA (July 2009-June 2011). Member of Brookline Professional Advisory Committee of the Brookline Community Foundation (2019-Present).
  • Member of the Brookline Community Foundation Professional Advisors Committee
Educational Background:
  • Boston University Law School LLM Taxation, 1983

Office location for William N. Friedler

1 Federal St
20th Floor
Boston, MA 02110


11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019

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