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Leon C. Boghossian III

Partner

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

  • Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, David Wax Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Arts (2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America® (2007-2019) Recognized for Trusts and Estates
  • 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

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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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…

Past Event

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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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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