Norman J. Benford: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Norman J. Benford

Chair Emeritus, Trusts & Estates Practice
Miami,  FL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Tax
  • Wealth Management
  • Trusts & Estates
Contact InfoTelephone: 305.579.0660
Fax: 305.961.5660
University Yale University, B.A., 1959
Law SchoolYale Law School, LL.B., 1964
Admitted1965, New York; 1974, Florida
Memberships American Bar Association.

BornGermantown, Pennsylvania, February 2, 1938

Norman J. Benford counsels high-net-worth individuals and families in connection with estate planning and other complex tax issues, as well as business succession and other non-tax family matters. Norm also counsels individuals and institutions serving as fiduciaries of estates, trusts and guardianships in connection with administrative matters and disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.

Areas of Concentration

· Personal estate planning

· Resolution of estate, gift and generation-skipping tax disputes with IRS

· Business succession

· International estate and pre-immigration planning

· Administration of trusts and estates, including contested probate and trust matters

· Establishment and operation of private and public charitable organizations

· Negotiation and preparation of marital agreements

Professional & Community Involvement

· Adjunct Professor, University of Miami School of Law, more than 30 years teaching international estate planning, fiduciary administration, drafting and domestic estate planning in the Estate Planning LL.M. and J.D. programs

· Board Member, Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Board of Trustees

· Board Member, Mercy Hospital, Executive Committee, Board of Trustees

· Board Member, Doral/Ryder Open, Board of Governors

· Board Member, Plymouth Congregational Church, Board of Trustees

· Board Member, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Board of Trustees

· Chairman, Endowment Committee, University of Miami

· Member, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
- fellow
- Member, Executive Committee
- Past Regent
- President

· Member, Advisory Committee, Philip E. Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning

· Member, American Bar Association

· Member, International Academy of Estate and Trust Law

Awards & Recognition

· Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, 1983-2014
- "Miami Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year," 2012

· Listed, Chambers USA Guide, National Leader, Wealth Management; Florida Leader, Estate Planning, 2008-2013

· Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2013

· Listed, Florida Trend magazine, "Legal Elite," 2005

· Listed, Who's Who in America

· Board Certified Estate Planning and Probate Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education

· Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

Professional Experience

Military Experience

· First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, 1959-1964

Publications & Presentations

Articles, Lectures & Publications

· Panelist, "International Planning Update," 47th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, 2013

· Lecturer, "International Estate Planning," Estate Planning LL.M. Program, University of Miami School of Law, Estate, 2005-2013

· Co-Author, "A Walk Through the Authorities on Formula Clauses," Estate Planning, December 2010

· Panelist, "The Future Vision of Estate Planning," Wilmington Trust Company, Palm Beach, FL, 2007

· Author, "Adequate Disclosure Regulations: Closure and How to Achieve It," Special Session, 37th Annual Philip E. Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, 2003

· Lecturer, "Transfer Tax Audit Issues: What's Hot, What's Not," Special Session, 37th Annual Philip E. Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, 2003

· Lecturer, "Hot Transfer Tax Audit Issues," Special Session, 33rd Annual Philip E. Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, 1999

· Co-Author, "Valuation Principles and Recent Developments, Practical Guidance for the Estate Planner," Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal, ABA, Summer 1999

· Lecturer, "Decisions Near the End of Life," Education Development Center, Hastings Center

· Lecturer, "Valuation Principles and Recent Developments," 23rd Annual Midwest Estate, Tax & Business Planning Institute

 (Board Certified Lawyer, Wills, Trusts and Estates, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education)


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Norman J. Benford

333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400
MiamiFL 33131


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