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Wills, Trusts, and Probate Department Recognized Globally - August 31, 2020

This summer, Davis Brown Wills, Trusts, and Probate Department was recognized by Chambers High Net Worth Guide in the area of Private Wealth Law. Commenting on the strength of the department, one interviewee said, “They're deep and have a good future in this practice area," and another says the firm has "very good planning lawyers."


Chambers is a global organization and a renowned legal research directory. This spring, 16 other Davis Brown attorneys and five practice areas were honored as well.


New This Year

Breanna Young is now ranked in the High Net Worth Guide. Individuals, families, and small businesses rely on Breanna’s guidance to develop complex estate plans including care plans for family members with disabilities, create succession plans, establish businesses, and optimize their estate planning.

Breanna has particular knowledge advising same-sex couples and transgender individuals on their estate planning.

References said, “She is absolutely one of the upcoming superstars in the trust and estate world, but she already has significant skills." Another person said: "She is thoughtful, analytical, and compassionate toward the most vulnerable clients."


Attorney Rankings

Margaret Van Houten and Thomas Houser are also ranked Band 2 in Private Wealth Law.


Margaret is a dedicated and long-time advocate and problem-solver for her clients. She advises on estate planning and administration, tax planning, and trust administration, helping wealthy individuals, families, and business owners. A reference said, “she is good to work with and has a very good reputation.”

Tom helps high net worth individuals, business owners, and farmers and landowners create comprehensive estate plans. He works closely with his clients to determine their goals and develop a plan to ensure their goals are met in the most tax-efficient manner.  “He is very thoughtful and proactive and he's good about seeing the big picture," says an interviewee, adding: "He does a nice job of explaining to his client." Houser is regarded as "very smart and great to work with," and, “very knowledgeable - he will sort out your issues."


About the Wills, Trusts, and Probate Department

The team has the knowledge, resources, and experience to help clients throughout the spectrum of planning - estates, trust and estate administration, business succession, transfer tax, fiduciary litigation, charitable planning, and family care.


About Chambers

Using client and peer interviews conducted by a team of more than 200 researchers, London-based Chambers ranks law firms and individual lawyers in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best. Rankings are based on technical legal abilities, professional conduct, commercial vision and business understanding, diligence, value, and the level of client service they have performed in addition to other qualities valued most by clients. Practice area rankings also include an evaluation of the depth of the team.