Allan C. Bell

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Allan C. Bell is Chair of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group. Mr. Bell practices primarily in tax planning for individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, estates and trusts. He brings his innovative, in-depth tax planning experience as well as the ability to analyze, explain and implement sophisticated techniques to his clients. His insight into the government's interpretations and views on issues, he provides efficient and thorough services and work product without the necessity of reinventing the wheel for each new matter.

Mr. Bell is uniquely qualified to formulate creative and customized advice in estate and wealth transfer planning. His creative thinking transcends conventional planning and uncovers workable solutions to accomplish each client's unique objectives. Specific strategies might include advanced trust design in concert with asset valuation discounts, interfamily sales, charitable planning and other arrangements.

Recognized as an authority in his field, Mr. Bell often serves as a resource to other professionals (accountants, financial planners and other attorneys) who retain him themselves and recommend him to their most important clients.

He has lectured extensively and published on estate planning and related tax matters on both professional and general levels.

In The News Items

When New Jerseyans Die, What Becomes of Digital Assets?

ROI-NJ 1/17/2018

T&E Practices Still Kicking at Midsized New Jersey Firms

New Jersey Law Journal 7/6/2016


Special Tax Update

Bergen County Chapter of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants 2/8/2018

How New Plan Sponsor-Level Fee Disclosure Rules Will Affect FAs; and 2012 Trusts and Estates Issues

Lincoln Financial Group, Pathway Retirement Resources and Sills Cummis & Gross 3/26/2012

2009 Lincoln Financial Advisors Fall Forum for Growth

Estate Planning in Uncertain Times Lincoln Financial Advisors 9/15/2009

2007 Tax Conference for Tax Professionals

Tax Planning for High-Net-Worth Individuals New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and St. John's University's Department of Accounting & Taxation 6/1/2007


The Nuances of Representation for Varying Clients in Wills and Inheritance Disputes

Inside the Minds: Managing Disputes Over Wills and Inheritance Disputes 1/1/2014

Lifetime Gifting Program

The ABA Practical Guide to Estate Planning 8/1/2011

Client Alerts

•Estate Planning in 2012 Tax 6/1/2012

Rankings and Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America 2009-2019, Trusts and Estates; Tax Law

New Jersey Super Lawyers 2011, Estate Planning and Probate

Martindale-Hubbell AV rating

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Tax, Trusts and Estates

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(973) 643-5988  Phone
(973) 643-6500  Fax
University Attended:
University of Pennsylvania, B.A., magna cum laude, 1981
Law School Attended:
Columbia University, J.D., 1984; New York University, LL.M., Taxation, 1987
Year of First Admission:
1984, New Jersey


Professional Affiliations

Member, Sections on Taxation and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, New Jersey State Bar Association
Member, Sections on Taxation and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, American Bar Association
President Emeritus, Alumni Class Leadership Council, University of Pennsylvania
Trustee, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Executive Board, Penn Fund

Community Affiliations

Chair, Endowment Committee, Jewish Family Service, Inc. of Bergen County
Chair, Development Committee, Dwight-Englewood School
Chair, Planned Giving Committee, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation
Secretary, Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity National Foundation Board of Directors

Birth Information:
New York, N.Y., May 31, 1959

Peer Reviews

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Newark, New Jersey

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