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Leon’s practice is focused primarily in assisting clients of various degrees of wealth in planning for the orderly and efficient distribution of their estates upon their deaths, with minimal tax costs. Towards that end, Leon also focuses on administering clients’ estates upon their passing, with efficiency and tax minimization. Leon is especially adept at mediating possible inheritance issues, including family disputes. He also represents clients in planning for disability, including powers of attorney, guardianships, conservatorships, and living trusts. Leon is an authority on trust and estate litigation, with particular emphasis on obtaining court approvals for trust accountings, trust modifications, and trust terminations. Leon is also well versed in the area of minimizing the use of one’s own assets to pay for long-term care costs, including Medicaid planning.

Credentials

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Chair, Trusts & Estates Law Group
    • Partner (1995-Present)
    • Associate (1986-1994)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America® (2007-2020) Recognized for Trusts and Estates
  • Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, David Wax Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Arts (2018)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Peer Review Rating, Recipient
  • Harold B. Soloveitzik Professional Leadership Award, Recipient
  • Super Lawyers (2011-2012)

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Bowdoin Club of Rhode Island
    • Treasurer (1992-Present)
    • President (1988-1989)
  • John P. Burke Memorial Fund
    • Secretary (2005-Present)
    • President (1993-2005)
  • Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club, Planned Giving Committee, Member; Board Member
  • Providence Public Library, Planned Giving Committee, Member
  • Rhode Island Children's Museum
    • Board of Overseers (Present)
    • Board Member (Past)
  • Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theater
    • President (2013-Present)
    • Board Member (2008-2013)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Bristol County Estate Planning Council
  • Estate Planning Council of Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Pawtucket Country Club
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • St. Sahag and St. Mesrob Church

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts, 1989
  • Rhode Island, 1986
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1990
  • United States District Court, District of Rhode Island, 1987

Speaking Engagements

  • RI Bar Association “Update on Trusts and Estates Law” (2000-Present)
  • RI Bar Association “Qualified Personal Residence Trusts” (1994) and “Elder Law”
  • BAR, BRI Rhode Island Instructor – Wills and Trusts
  • “Elder Law”, National Business Institute (1992 and 1993)
  • Community College of Rhode Island Instructor, “Contract Law” (1984-1998)
  • American Council on Gift Annuities “The Ethics of Advising Elderly Donors and Clients” (2014)

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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Firm News

56 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2020

August 15, 2019

Only one lawyer in each specialty in each region is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®. Since its first publication in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers compi…

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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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52 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers of America

August 18, 2017

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Firm News

Rhode Island Foundation Recognizes Hinckley Allen attorney, Leon Boghossian, III for Professional Leadership Award

May 30, 2014

Hinckley Allen partner, Leon Boghossian, III received the distinguished Harold B. Soloveitzik Professional Leadership Award, which honors professional and personal commitment to philanthropy.The Rhode Island Foundation is one of the nations oldest and larg…

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Hinckley Allen Associate Named as Board Member of Providence Children’s Museum

April 18, 2013

Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP is pleased to announce that James Nagelberg, an Associate in the Firm’s Litigation and White Collar Defense Groups, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Providence Children’s Museum.The mission of Providen…

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Best Lawyers® Recognizes 44 Hinckley, Allen & Snyder Partners

September 13, 2012

September 13, 2012 - Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP is proud to announce that 44 of its attorneys have been recognized by their peers as being among the nation’s best lawyers in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.Best Lawyers® is based …

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Best Lawyers Recognizes 41 Hinckley, Allen & Snyder Attorneys

September 22, 2011

Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP is proud to announce that 41 of its attorneys have been recognized by their peers as being among the nation’s best lawyers in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America ® 2012. Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review…

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Case Study

Merger of two state affiliates of a national health organization

Hinckley Allen assisted two state affiliates of a national health organization in structuring their merger and obtaining the necessary regulatory and judicial approvals. Obtained approval in a contentious public hearing process before a state department of…

Events

Past Event

Succession Planning in the Construction Industry

June 6, 2018

Partner Leon C. Boghossian, III will join a panel discussion on succession planning at Marcum's first Rhode Island construction industry event. Joined by his fellow panelists, the event "Marcum Cocktails & Construction" aims to address recent tax legis…

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American Cancer Society: A Potpourri of Hope

November 9, 2016

Hinckley Allen's Leon C. Boghossian III will be speaking at A Potpourri of Hope: An American Cancer Society Donor Appreciation Luncheon.The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating canc…

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The Rhode Island Estate Planning Round-Up

October 25, 2016

Hinckley Allen's Leon C. Boghossian III will be a panelist at the Rhode Island Estate Planning Round-Up hosted by the Rhode Island Foundation and Washington Trust.For the Rhode Island Foundation, improving Rhode Island's quality of life will require balanc…

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Rhode Island Estate Planning Round-Up

October 18, 2016

Hinckley Allen's Leon C. Boghossian III will be a panelist at the Rhode Island Estate Planning Round-Up hosted by the Rhode Island Foundation and Washington Trust.For the Rhode Island Foundation, improving Rhode Island's quality of life will require balanc…

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The Partnership for Philanthropic Planning Rhode Island Chapter - November Meeting

November 8, 2012

Any member of PPP RI may bring one guest free of charge to each of the five breakfast sessions for the year.A non-member may only come as a free guest once in a program year.Non-members are always welcome to attend additional sessions for a fee of $40.Pres…

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