Life is a series of transitions, some expected and some not— births and adoptions; engagements, marriages, and divorces; transfer of wealth between spouses, generations, and others; declining physical and cognitive health with the need for care; life’s final stages; and the legacy left behind.

Verrill’s Family Law and Private Clients attorneys are highly skilled, discreet counselors to individuals and generations of families. When you are planning for or unexpectedly facing changes in your life, we will be there to listen; to understand your needs, preferences, and priorities; and to guide you.

Our practice is regional, national, and international. Our experienced attorneys in other disciplines, including Real Estate, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Intellectual Property, Business, and Health Care allow us to handle the full range of complex financial and other personal issues confronting our clients and their families. We work with individuals and families, business owners, public figures, professional athletes, executives of both publicly traded and privately held companies, and family offices on matters including:

  • Adoption
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Alternative reproduction
  • Asset protection planning
  • Charitable gift planning, including planned giving and private foundations
  • Child custody
  • Divorce
  • Durable powers of attorney and health care proxies and directives
  • Estate administration
  • Estate and income tax and financial planning
  • Estate planning
  • Family office management
  • Guardianship and conservatorship of children and adults
  • Intergenerational gifting
  • International family law
  • LGBTQIA+ legal issues
  • Multigenerational ownership and succession of family compounds and vacation properties
  • Non-married and co-habitants agreements
  • Parental rights
  • Post-marital agreements
  • Pre-marriage planning and agreements
  • Probate and trust litigation
  • Separation
  • Succession planning for closely held businesses
  • Trust management/fiduciary services

For more information on services and the teams that provide them, see below.

Individuals & Families Services

Firm Highlights


Sales of Interest

We have assisted a client and his other advisors in creating and implementing a plan, involving gifts and sales of interests to trusts for the benefit of younger generation family members, involving hundreds of...


How are Families Dealing with the COVID-19 Lockdown?

The Boston Globe published an article, "Will divorce rates spike after COVID-19?" explaining that during the COVID-19 pandemic, some are speculating that there will be a rise in these rates. Verrill family law attorney...


Estate and Tax Planning

We provided estate and tax planning, in conjunction with advice from other advisors, to the majority owner of a major family controlled network of businesses to ensure transfer of ownership and control to younger...


Litigation and Negotiations of Trust

We represented the client and other family members in litigation and negotiations resulting in a settlement pursuant to which the Trustee of a Trust established by the client's late parent, with assets approaching $500,000,000.00...


U.S. and Foreign Tax Liabilities

We furnished advice to a client who is a U.S. permanent resident (green card) but a citizen of another country, in coordinating his estate planning and that of his parent (a citizen of that...


Estate and Tax Planning

Representation of a client in connection with estate and tax planning involving net worth in excess of $500,000,000.00, including major philanthropic plans, disposition of an exceptionally valuable art collection and provisions for a non-citizen...


Prenuptial Agreement

We represented the daughter of billionaire parents in negotiating a prenuptial agreement, including crafting disclosure of both interests in trusts of which she is currently a beneficiary and her contingent interests in assets that...


Family Business Termination

We represented key family members operating an extensive family business consisting of numerous operating companies and commercial real estate properties in delicate and volatile negotiations with a senior executive and family member leading to...


Company Ownership and Succession

We provided advice to the sole owner of a significant privately held company in helping the owner to resolve the tensions inherent in his goals to maintain family control over ownership and management of...


Trust Holding Dispute

We represented one of the independent trustees of a trust holding multibillion dollar investments in two public companies in the context of a family dispute respecting control of the family's interest in those companies...