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Laura M. Twomey
Partner

425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017-3954
Phone:  212-455-3120
Fax:  212-455-2502
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Laura Twomey is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Head of the Firm’s Personal Planning Department where she advises individuals and families on the preservation, transfer and management of wealth during life and after death.  Her practice includes estate planning, estate administration, trust administration and charitable planning.  Ms. Twomey works with clients to create a plan for transferring personal wealth that meets both the client’s personal goals and tax objectives.  She helps clients prepare for special family situations, such as providing support for disabled or dependent family members, or children of a prior marriage.  Ms. Twomey’s expertise includes retirement planning, insurance planning, estate freezing techniques, planning with private equity and hedge fund interests, and family business succession planning.  She is experienced in modifying and terminating existing trusts, as well as migrating trusts for tax and non-tax purposes.

Ms. Twomey is named a leading lawyer in wealth management by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Ms. Twomey is a frequent lecturer and author on topics relating to estate planning, retirement planning, and fiduciary income tax planning.  Her estate planning advice has been quoted in the New York Times and other publications. 

Honors/Associations
•  American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel Fellow
•  New York State Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Committee on Estates and Trusts, Tax Law Section
•  American Bar Association, Group Chair of Wealth and Non-Tax Estate Planning Considerations Group of the Real Property, Trusts & Estates Law Section (2010-2011)
•  American Bar Association, Group Vice-Chair of Wealth and Non-Tax Estate Planning Considerations Group of the Real Property, Trusts & Estates Law Section (2008-2010)
•  American Bar Association, Membership Committee of the Real Property, Trusts & Estates Law Section (2007-2011) and Corporate Sponsorship Committee (2010-2011)
•  Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Past Member of Estate and Gift Tax Committee
•  New York Women’s Bar Association, Member, Trusts & Estates Committee, Continuing Legal Education Committee; former Board of Directors (2004-2008)
•  American Bar Association, former Chair, Non-Tax Issues Affecting the Planning and Administration of Estates & Trusts Committee of the Real Property, Trusts and Estates Law Section (2004-2008)
•  American Bar Association, Advisor to the NCCUSL Drafting Committee to Amend the Uniform Probate Code (2006-2008)
Publications
Estate Planning Update
Estate Planning Update
Fiscal Cliff Tax Legislation Brings Certainty to Estate, Gift and GST Taxes and Makes Changes Affecting Charitable Giving
Opportunity to Make Tax-Free Gifts Set to Expire Soon
Super Committee May Target Gift and other Transfer Tax Exclusion Amounts
October’s Historically Low Interest Rates Enhance Intra-Family Transfers
New Law Creates Estate Planning Opportunities
Estate Planning Alert: Opportunities that Expire December 31, 2010
Estate Planning Update
Estate Planning Update
Estate Planning Developments
The 2010 Lapse in Federal Estate and GST Taxes: Planning Issues
Current and Year-End Estate Planning Issues
“Domicile: Estate Planning Issues for the Mobile Client,” New York State Bar Journal, July/August 2006
“Estate Planning for Qualified Personal Residence Trusts,” The CPA Journal, December 2005
“All in the Family: A How-to Guide on Lending to Family Members,” New York State Bar Journal, February 2005
“How, Why and When to Transfer the Situs of a Trust,” Estate Planning Magazine, January 2004
“Qualified Personal Residence Trusts Offer Helpful Planning Options For Potentially Large Estates,” New York State Bar Association Journal, November 2003
“State Income Tax: Not All Trusts Must Pay,” New York State Bar Association Journal, October 2002
Speaking Engagements
•  Laura M. Twomey Spoke at Foundation for Accounting Education's "Fourth Annual Family Office Conference"
February 18, 2014
•  Laura M. Twomey Spoke at ABA’s Real Property Trust and Estates Section Skills Training for Estate Planners CLE Program
October 4, 2013
•  Laura Twomey Spoke at the 47th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning
April 15, 2013
•  Laura Twomey Appears on NY1
January 15, 2013
•  Laura Twomey Spoke at the 46th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning
February 2, 2012
Admissions
•  New York 1998
•  Massachusetts 1998
Education
•  New York University School of Law, 2003 LL.M. in Taxation
•  Boston College Law School, 1997 J.D.
cum laude; Solicitations Editor for The Third World Law Journal
•  Boston College, 1994 B.A.
magna cum laude



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