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Kristin N.G. Dzialo

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Kristin Dzialo’s practice focuses on assisting individuals and families in articulating their legacy through the organized process of designing, drafting, and executing comprehensive estate plans, using revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, and other estate planning vehicles. She has experience advising individuals and families on unique assets types, like digital assets and frozen embryos/eggs/sperm, advising philanthropic individuals with significant charitable goals on implementing the most tax-efficient strategies for passing wealth and advising high-net-worth married couples with taxable estates (Massachusetts and Federal), to pass the most amount of wealth in the most tax and cost-efficient way possible, while maintaining privacy.

Kristin’s prior experience as an Adjunct Professor at New England Law|Boston allows her to approach estate planning with education, clarity, and compassion. She has an innate ability to explain complex concepts with simple and clear language. Her goal with every client is that they truly understand their estate plan to ensure it is reflective of their personal goals and needs.

Recognition and Awards

  • Honoree, “Top Women of Law” 2022, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 
  • Named, Boston Magazine, Top Lawyers, Trusts and Estates Law, 2021-2023
  • Selected, Massachusetts Super Lawyers List, 2023
  • Selected, Massachusetts Rising Stars List, 2017, 2018

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Boston Estate Planning Council (BEPC), June 2022-Present
  • Member and Co-Facilitator of the Sounding Board Roundtable, USA500 Clubs, January 2017-Present
  • Co-Chair, Professional Advisors Council, Cambridge Community Foundation, December, 2016-Present
  • Massachusetts Notary Public, 2009-Present

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Digital Assets in Estate Administration,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Probate Practice: MCLE BasicsPlus!
  • Speaker, “How to Minimize Estate Taxes Using Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, The Art and Science of Stacking Trusts (February 6, 2024)
  • Quoted, “What To Do After The Death Of A Spouse,” Forbes (April 20, 2023)
  • Speaker, “Digital Assets and Estate Administration,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) (August 17, 2021; May 13, 2022; May 2, 2023)
  • Panelist, “Smart Giving with the Cambridge Community Foundation” (May 5, 2022)
  • Speaker, “Planning for Digital Assets,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) / Cardinal & Gray Society and Emma Rogers Society (October 22, 2021)
  • Speaker, “Estate Planning and Probate in the Digital World,” Boston Estate Planning and Probate Forum (October 6, 2021)
  • Speaker, “Crafting Your Legacy: Creative Estate Planning for the Love of Your Community,” Just-A-Start (September 15, 2021)
  • Speaker, “Special Drafting Considerations for Elderly Clients,” Boston Bar Association (February 11, 2021)
  • Speaker, “The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Family Law, Divorce, and Estate Planning,” Boston Bar Association (March 5, 2018)
  • Contributing Author, “That’s Terrible...But It Would Never Happen to Me: Real Life Estate Planning Nightmares,” Darrow Wealth Management
  • Contributing Author, “8 Common Online Will Mistakes to Avoid,” Cake
  • Guest, “Happiness is Helping ,” The Boston Podcast (September 4, 2019)