Barry L. Small

Barry L. Small: Attorney with Duane Morris LLP
  • Partner at Duane Morris LLP (912 Attorneys)
  • 30 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Barry L. Small practices in the area of wealth planning. Mr. Small has experience in structuring wills and trusts that adapt to client circumstances, developing programs for making gifts in a tax -efficient manner, and analyzing and recommending alternate methods of transferring wealth to family members through the use of insurance, employment benefits, and other assets, as well as in representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service and other tax authorities and in dealing with a variety of other estate matters.

Mr. Small is a member of the Education Committee of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, he is a 1996 graduate of Harvard Law School and a graduate of the University of Delaware.

Areas of Practice

•Wealth Planning
•Estates and Asset Planning



•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2005-present
- Associate, 1996-2004

Civic and Charitable Activities

•Member of the Education Committee of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association
•Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP)

Selected Publications

•Author, Obama Administration's 2013 Budget Proposal Includes Key Changes to Income Tax and Transfer Tax Provisions, Duane Morris Alert, February 27, 2012
•Co-author, Challenging Times: Rethinking and Reshaping Estate Plans in New Tax and Economic Environments, Duane Morris Alert, June 17, 2009

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Wealth Planning
  • Estates and Asset Planning

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
215 979 1771  Phone
215 689 4391  Fax
Law School Attended:
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1996
Year of First admission:
1996, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; U.S. Tax Court
Philadelphia Bar Association (Member, Education Committee, Probate and Trust Law Section).

Birth Information:
Camden, New Jersey, June 18, 1971
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Counsel to individual client who desired to bequeath stock options to charities but was concerned about potential adverse income tax consequences to his estate. Obtained precedent-setting ruling from the Internal Revenue Service that exercise of stock options by charities would impose no income liability on the client, his estate or his heirs.; Counsel to individual client who desired to make gifts to children in a tax-efficient manner. Analyzed and developed a program of creating grantor retained annuity trusts to which client makes gifts each year.; Counsel to individual client with respect to analyzing and, ultimately, safeguarding a large number of insurance policies benefiting client's family that had been put in jeopardy by recent changes in the law.; Counsel to individual client in connection with the sale of assets to a trust for client's descendants in order to accomplish client's objectives of transferring wealth to descendants in a tax-efficient manner.; Counsel to family members who owned policies of insurance on each other's lives, but desired to swap policies so that each owned the policies on his own life. Numerous tax issues were researched and coordinated to make this transaction.; Counsel to individual client in connection with IRS examination of gifts made of interests in a family limited partnership to a number of family members. Obtained settlement with the IRS which was considerably more favorable to the client than the IRS' public stance and the IRS' original claim against the client.
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