Norman J. Benford

Norman J. Benford (Miami, Florida)

Norman J. Benford

Attorney in Miami, FL
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, 2008-2015
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2015
•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

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Associated News & Events

Press Releases

06.11.15 95 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
06.11.15 48 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
05.27.15 33 Greenberg Traurig Miami Shareholders Recognized in 2015 Chambers USA Guide
05.22.15 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide
05.22.15 55 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included in 2015 Chambers USA Guide
08.19.14 128 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

Alerts

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, 47 th 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, 37 th Annual Philip E. Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, 2003
•Lecturer, Transfer Tax Audit Issues: What's Hot, What's Not, Special Session, 37 th Annual Philip E. Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, 2003
•Lecturer, Hot Transfer Tax Audit Issues, Special Session, 33 rd 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, 23 rd Annual Midwest Estate, Tax & Business Planning Institute

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Peer Rating 5.0 of 5

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Tax
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Tax & Business Group

Peer Rating

Peer Rating

Overall Peer Rating

 
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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Position
Chair Emeritus, Trusts & Estates Practice
Admission Details
Admitted in 1965, New York
1974, Florida
Credit Cards Accepted
Law School Attended
Yale Law School
Class of 1964
LL.B.
University Attended
Yale University
Class of 1959
B.A.
Birth Information
Born in 1938
Germantown, Pennsylvania, February 2, 1938
Military
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, 1959-1964
Associations & Memberships

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

Certifications
(Board Certified Lawyer, Wills, Trusts and Estates, Florida Bar Board Of Legal Specialization And Education)

Community Contributions

Community Contributions
Articles Blogs Q&A

Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400,
Miami, FL 33131
U.S.A.
Phone
305.579.0660
Fax
305.961.5660
Office Information
Office Information
Norman J. Benford
Chair Emeritus, Trusts & Estates Practice
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400,
Miami, FL 33131

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