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
  • Tax & Business Group
  • 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

Professional & Community Involvement
•Adjunct Professor, University of Miami School of Law, more than 35 years teaching international estate planning, fiduciary administration, drafting and domestic estate planning in the Estate Planning LL.M. and J.D. programs
•Past Board Member, Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Board of Trustees
•Past Board Member, Mercy Hospital, Executive Committee, Board of Trustees
•Past Board Member, Doral/Ryder Open, Board of Governors
•Past Board Member, Plymouth Congregational Church, Board of Trustees
•Board Member, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Board of Trustees
•Past Chairman, Endowment Committee, University of Miami
•Member, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
•Past Executive Committee Member
•Past Regent
•Past President, ACTEC Foundation
•Member, Advisory Committee, Philip E. Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning
•Member, International Academy of Estate and Trust Law
•Member, Executive Council
•Member, American Bar Association

MilitaryFirst Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, 1959-1964
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

Awards & Recognition
•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, 1983-2015
• Miami Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year, 2012
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, National Leader, Wealth Management; Florida Leader, Estate Planning, 2008-2014
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2014
•Listed, Who's Who Legal: Private Clients, 2014
•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

AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

08.19.14 129 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015

07.02.14 96 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers

05.29.14 53 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide

05.23.14 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide

06.12.13 Select Greenberg Traurig Practices Listed as 'Recommended' for Client Service, Commercial Awareness in 2013 Chambers USA Guide

06.11.13 55 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included In 2013 Chambers USA Guide

05.28.13 Chambers USA Guide 2013 Includes 174 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, 33 Practice Areas

06.11.12 54 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys and 13 Top-Ranked Practice Areas in Florida Appear in 2012 Chambers USA Guide

05.30.12 82 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys to Be Listed in Florida Super Lawyers magazine 2012

11.01.11 Greenberg Traurig Recognized in 2011 U.S. News - Best Lawyers 'Best Law Firm' Rankings


05.05.14 New York State - 2014-2015 Budget Affecting Trusts and Estates

07.09.12 Many Estate Planning Opportunities May End in 2012 - The Time to Act is Now

01.03.11 Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 Provides Unique Estate, Gift and GST Planning Opportunities

02.01.10 Coping With the Uncertain Effects of Estate and GST Tax Repeal in 2010

09.01.07 Supreme Court and IRS Take on Deductibility of Trust Investment Management Fees

06.01.01 Is Repeal for Real? The taxation of estates, gifts and generation-skipping transfers under the 2001 Tax Act

Articles, Publications, & Lectures
•Faculty, International Estate Planning, Estate Planning LL.M. Program, University of Miami School of Law, 2005-2014
•Panelist, International Planning Update, 47th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, 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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