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Doris J. Licht

Partner

Doris’ practice includes all aspects of trusts and estates, advising clients with respect to minimizing current taxes as well as death transfer taxes, facilitating transfer of wealth between generations, and controlling and protecting assets through the use of trusts and other devices. She has developed sophisticated plans to minimize the impact of transfer taxes, to freeze asset values, and to provide for orderly dispositions of business interests and has also designed on-going intra-family gift programs and planned appropriate formats for charitable giving. Doris is also directly involved with estate administration representing both individual and corporate executors and trustees on probate matters, estate taxation matters, and trust income tax issues. She has considerable experience handling guardianship and conservatorship cases before probate courts.

Credentials

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (1979-Present)
    • Associate (1973-1979)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America® (1997-2019)
    • Lawyer of the Year (2014)
    • Recognized for Trusts and Estates
  • Chambers USA High Net Worth (HNW) (2016-2019)
  • Super Lawyers, Rhode Island (2008-2018)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Peer Review Rating, Recipient

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • American Cancer Society, Rhode Island Division, Former Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Foundation for Trinity Repertory Company, Board of Directors
  • Newport Film Festival, Former Director
  • Preserve Rhode Island, Board of Trustees
  • Rhode Island Commodores
  • Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Former Council Member
  • Sargent Rehabilitation Center, Board Member; Former Chairman of Board of Directors
  • Trinity Repertory Theatre, Board of Directors, Board of Governance Committee

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Construction Financial Management Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Foundation Fellow
  • Rhode Island Commodores
  • The Rhode Island Foundation, Professional Advisory Council

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts, 1985
  • Rhode Island, 1973

Speaking Engagements

  • Frequent featured speaker to various groups such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, on topics such as Living Trusts, Estate Planning, Financial Planning for Women, Financial Planning for Seniors, Retirement Planning and other topics relating to area of practice
  • Rhode Island Life Insurance Underwriters – frequent lecturer
  • Rhode Island CPA Society – frequent lecturer in the continuing education program
  • URI Center for Personal Financial Education and Information – frequent lecturer
  • Brown Learning Community; “Legal Planning for Middle and Later Life”(1987-1991)
  • Community College of Rhode Island; “Estate Planning” (1987-1991)
  • Bryant College – Masters in Taxation Program (1981)

News & Insight

Publication

Trusts & Estates 2017 Tax Update

March 6, 2017

This article summarizes federal and state wealth transfer and income tax laws that could affect your estate planning and discusses strategies for tailoring your estate plan to maximize tax savings.Federal Estate and Gift Tax. The current federal estate, gi…

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What Changes Might We Expect with Trump Presidency?

December 8, 2016

As a result of the recent election, both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government will be under Republican control. President-elect Donald Trump and the House Republicans have formulated their own tax plans, and changes to the tax c…

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Proposed New Rules Will Eliminate Discounts on Transfers of Interests in Family-Owned Entities

September 9, 2016

In September, the IRS announced proposed Treasury Regulations which, when finalized, will make sweeping changes to the way in which ownership interests in family-owned businesses or family-owned investment entities will be valued for federal estate, gift a…

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Trusts & Estates 2016 Tax Update

May 12, 2016

Recent years have seen significant shifts in estate, gift, and income tax policies at the federal level. However, after several years of changes, the federal tax landscape has stabilized somewhat. The following summarizes federal and state law that could a…

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Trusts & Estates 2015 Tax Update

March 26, 2015

Recent years have seen significant shifts in estate, gift, and income tax policies at the federal level. However, after several years of flux, the federal tax landscape has stabilized somewhat. The downloadable PDF summarizes federal and state law that may…

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Chambers High Net Worth Advisors Guide 2019 Recognizes Hinckley Allen Partners Doris J. Licht and Paul A. Silver

July 11, 2019

Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) Advisors Guide 2019 has recognized Hinckley Allen as a leading firm in the State of Rhode Island for Private Wealth Law, and Partners Doris J. Licht and Paul A. Silver as leading practitioners in advising high net worth client…

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38 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 18, 2018

The Super Lawyers has selected 38 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.Super Lawyers, a Thomson…

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51 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2019

August 15, 2018

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers® has recognized 51 attorneys in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, including seven “Lawyers of the Year.” Only one lawyer in each specialty in each region is honored as a “La…

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Chambers High Net Worth Advisors Guide 2018 Recognizes Hinckley Allen Partners Doris J. Licht and Paul A. Silver

July 20, 2018

Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) Advisors Guide 2018 has recognized Hinckley Allen as a leading firm in the State of Rhode Island for Private Wealth Law, and Partners Doris J. Licht and Paul A. Silver as leading practitioners in advising high net worth client…

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Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 18, 2017

The Super Lawyers has selected 39 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.Super Lawyers, a Thomson…

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Hinckley Allen Partner Doris J. Licht Recognized by Chambers High Net Worth Advisors Guide 2017

September 14, 2017

Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) Advisors Guide 2017 has recognized Hinckley Allen as a leading firm in the State of Rhode Island for Private Wealth Law (Band 1), and Doris Licht as a leading practitioner in advising high net worth clients (Band 1).Doris’ p…

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52 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers of America

August 18, 2017

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Hinckley Allen Partner Doris J. Licht Recognized by Chambers High Net Worth Advisors Guide 2016

September 22, 2016

Chambers High New Worth (HNW) Advisors Guide 2016 has recognized Hinckley Allen as a leading firm in the State of Rhode Island for Private Wealth Law (Band 1), and Doris Licht as a leading practitioner in advising high net worth clients (Band 1).Doris’ p…

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