William E. Hart

Counsel

Practice Areas

Bill Hart focuses on estate planning work for people of all walks of life, including professionals, owners of closely-held businesses, people with artistic and literary property, and those with real estate holdings in other states and countries. His practice includes probate estate and trust administration, business matters, non-profit organizations and taxation.

He speaks frequently to professional and community groups about estate planning.


Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Massachusetts
Education
  • Amherst College, A.B., cum laude, 1969
  • University of Denver, J.D., with honors, 1972

Bill provides individual and business clients with tax-sensitive, strategic counsel with respect to a wide variety of matters, including:

  • disposition of assets by lifetime gifts
  • wills
  • basic and complex trusts
  • second-home planning
  • business succession planning
  • conservation restrictions on real estate
  • family limited liability companies and limited partnerships
  • retirement account beneficiaries

His work helps clients minimize estate, gift, income and generation-skipping taxes in connection with the transfer of assets within families and to charities.

Honors
  • Bill was named The Best Lawyers® 2015, Springfield Massachusetts Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® each year since 2013.
Affiliations

In the community, Bill serves as chairman of the planned giving committee of South Congregational Church in Amherst, as a building committee member for the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, and as a trustee of Amherst Academy. He has served as cubmaster and scoutmaster for the “best troop in the universe.” Bill serves on the professional advisors board of the Mason-Wright Foundation and is actively involved as a planned giving advisor and volunteer for numerous non-profit organizations.

Bill is a member of the board of directors of the Estate Planning Council of Hampden County and is past president of the Pioneer Valley Estate Planning Council.