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
Fax: 703-847-1357
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1974
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (60%),
  • International (10%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • Tax: Consumer (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 and tax planning, probate and trust and estate dispute representation, pre-and post-nuptial agreements, closely-held business planning, primarily for clients in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Fred has more than 40 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 and estate issues.

    Fred is the author of numerous articles and outlines, 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
    • 60%Estate Planning & Probate
    • 10%International
    • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
    • 10%Business/Corporate
    • 10%Tax: Consumer
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    Tax Law

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    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020

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    About Frederick Tansill

    Admitted: 1974, Virginia

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

    Honors/Awards:

    • Founder's Award from the Whitman-Walker Clinic for helping to establish its pro bono legal program in Northern Virginia
    • Listed in the December 2002 issue of Virginia Business as one of the "2002 Legal Elite" in the Taxes/Estates/Trusts category
    • D.C. Bar Frederick B. Abramson Award as Co-Chair of Bar Section (Wills, Trusts and Probate Law) With Outstanding Community Service Record
    • 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
    • Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2006 - present, AV-rated (top) for 20 years
    • Crystal Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to the Northern Virginia Community Foundation, 1996
    • Listed in the annual Deceember  issue of The Washingtonian and in Northern Virginia Magazine, Best Trust and Estate Lawyers in Washington DC Area, Washingtonian Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Legislative Committee, Virginia Bar Association, 1994 - 2000
    • Chairman, Fairfax County Bar, Tax Section, 1987 - 1988
    • Virginia
    • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), 1991 - Present
    • Fairfax County Bar
    • Executive Council, Virginia Bar Association, Wills, Trusts and Estates Section, 1990 - 1997
    • Executive Council, Virginia Bar Association, Section of Taxation, 1988 - 1990
    • Washington, D.C.
    • 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)
    • President, Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council, 1990 - 1991
    • Chairman, Fairfax County Bar, Wills, Estates and Trusts Section, 1986
    • Steering Committee, District of Columbia Bar, Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section, 1995 - 2000
    • United States Tax Court Bar

    Pro bono/Community Service:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Lecturer, Speaker, Domestic and Offshore Asset Protection Planning, Annual New York State Bar Program on Sophisticated Estate Planning, 2018, Legal, 2018
    • "Primer: Risks of Malpractice and Ethical Issues in Estate Planning and Estate and Trust Administration", Virginia State Bar in Acapulco, November, 1992
    • "Asset Protection Planning", Virginia Society of CPAs, Richmond, Virginia, June, 2004
    • "Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts (CRATs) and Charitable Remainder Unitrusts (CRUTs)", D.C. Bar, May, 2004
    • "Solving the Puzzle: GRITS, GRATS, GRUTS, QPRTS", 1994 AICPA Conference on Tax Strategies for High Income Individuals, Nashville and Las Vegas, May, 1994
    • 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
    • "Business Succession Planning for the Closely-Held Company", D.C. Bar, February, 1995
    • "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
    • "Protecting Real Estate from Creditors", Estate Planning - RIA, October, 2006
    • "Planning for Forever", an estate planning seminar sponsored by Georgetown University Law School, October, 2003
    • "Guarding Your Assets - Be Positive About Trusts," Legal Times, April, 2003
    • "Asset Protection Strategies", Information Management Network, Conference on High-Net-Worth Real Estate Investing, New York City, September, 2003
    • "A Jurisdictional Comparison of Potential Situses For Asset Protection Trusts", Journal of Asset Protection (January/February, 2000
    • "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
    • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts: Non-Tax Issues", ALI-ABA, San Diego, August, 2003
    • "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
    • "Planning for Forever", an estate planning seminar for alumni/ae sponsored by the Office of Planned Giving, Georgetown University, May, 2003
    • "No U.S. Connections Allowed with an Offshore Trust? Wrong! Use Onshore Contacts," Journal of Asset Protection, May/June, 1996
    • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts: Non-Tax Issues", ALI-ABA Annual Seminar on International Estate Planning, Boston, October, 2002
    • "A Passion For Excellence: Evolving Professional Standards in Estate Planning Practice", Virginia Lawyer, January, 1994
    • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts: Non-Tax Issues", ALI-ABA Annual Seminar on International Estate Planning, Chicago, October, 2001
    • "Asset Protection Trusts (APTs): Non-Tax Issues," ALI-ABA Annual Seminar on International Trust and Estate Planning, Chicago, August, 2010
    • "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
    • "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
    • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts", A Seminar Sponsored by the Virginia Beach Community Foundation for Professional Advisors, September, 2000
    • "Asset Protection Trusts (APTs): Non-Tax Issues," ALI-ABA Annual Seminar on International Trust and Estate Planning, Boston, October, 2009
    • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts: Non-Tax Issues", ALI-ABA, San Francisco, August, 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
    • "Planning for Uncertain Times," The National Gift Planning Council, December, 2008
    • "Probate and Post-Mortem Tax Planning for the Non-Specialist Lawyer and CPA", Fairfax Bar Association, January, 2000
    • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts, Non-Tax Issues", ALI-ABA Annual Seminar on International Estate Planning, Santa Fe, July 31 - August 1, 2008
    • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts With A Jurisdictional Comparison to Delaware", Baltimore Estate Planning Council, September, 1999
    • "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
    • "Anatomy of Offshore Asset Protection Trusts: A Jurisdictional Comparison of Potential Situses for Asset Protection Trusts", ABA Annual Meeting, Atlanta, August, 1999
    • "Planning for Asset Protection", 44th Annual Advanced ALI-ABA Summer Program at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, June, 2008
    • "Charitable Planning Using Community Foundations, An Overview", D.C. Bar, June, 1999
    • "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
    • "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
    • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts, Non-Tax Issues", ALI-ABA Annual Seminar on International Estate Planning, Chicago, August, 2007
    • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts", ALI-ABA Annual Advanced International Estate Planning Seminar, New Orleans, September, 1998
    • "Planning for Forever", Georgetown University, an estate planning seminar for alumni/ae sponsored by the Office of Planned Giving, June, 2007
    • "Newest Twists In Perpetual Asset Protection Trusts: Delaware and Alaska As Offshore Jurisdictions", D.C. Bar, April, 1998
    • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts, Non-Tax Issues", ALI-ABA Annual Seminar on International Estate Planning, Boston, October, 2006
    • "The Use of Buy-Sell Agreements in Estate Planning and Business Succession Planning", D.C. Bar Winter Convention, February, 1998
    • "Asset Protection Planning, Domestic and Offshore, Including Ethical and Malpractice Considerations", National Business Institute (NBI) Seminar, September, 2006
    • "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
    • "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
    • "New Delaware and Alaska Trust Legislation", AACTEC Regional Meeting, Asheville, N.C., September, 1997
    • "Planning for Forever", Georgetown University, an estate planning seminar for alumni/ae sponsored by the Office of Planned Giving, June, 2006
    • "Asset Protection Strategies", Alexandria Bar Association, April, 1997
    • "American Bar Association, Community Outreach Program", Overview of Estate Planning, February, 2006
    • "Living with Living Trusts", Winter Meeting, Virginia Bar Association, January 1997 and D.C. Bar, April, 1997
    • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts, Non-Tax Issues", ALI-ABA Annual Seminar on International Estate Planning, Seattle, August, 2005
    • "Planning for Forever", Georgetown University, an estate planning seminar for alumni/ae sponsored by the Office of Planned Giving, June, 2005
    • "Estate Planning for Residential Real Estate", D.C. Bar 1997 Winter Convention, February, 1997
    • "Asset Protection Planning", Third Annual Financial Planning Forum, Financial Planning Association of Central Virginia and the Virginia Society of CPAs, Richmond, Virginia, June, 2005
    • "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
    • "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
    • "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
    • "Planning for Forever", Georgetown University, an estate planning seminar for alumni/ae sponsored by the Office of Planned Giving, October, 2004
    • "Lawyers Serving as Fiduciaries -- Ethical Rules", A Virginia Bar Association Summer Meeting, The Greenbrier, July, 1995
    • "Offshore Asset Protection Trusts, Non-Tax Issues", ALI-ABA Annual Seminar on International Estate Planning, Toronto, August, 2004
    • "Property Preservation Planning -- Estate Planning, Debtors Rights Planning", Virginia Advanced Estate Planning and Administration Seminar, April, 1993

    Educational Background:

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

    Phone: 703-847-1359

    Fax: 703-847-1357

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