Areas of Practice
Education
  • New York University School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif
  • Wesleyan University, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa
Bar & Court Admissions
  • New York

Beth D. Tractenberg

Partner
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York NY 10036
TEL: +1 212 506 3918
FAX: +1 212 506 3950

Beth D. Tractenberg leads the firm's Trusts and Estates practice.  She concentrates her practice on all aspects of personal representation of high-net-worth individuals and families, as well as representation of fiduciaries.  She has a particular focus on international and domestic estate planning, contested matters, estate administration, and the creation and advising of exempt organizations.  She provides comprehensive tax, personal, and business advice to families, working closely with their family offices and other advisers.  Ms. Tractenberg’s practice successfully balances intra-family dynamics with efficient tax planning. 

Ms. Tractenberg's clients own significant real estate and business holdings in the United States and abroad.  Drawing on her tax and trusts and estates experience, she serves as personal and family adviser on numerous business, management, and related personal issues for her clients.  She has particular experience advising international clients as to cross-border and pre-immigration planning, gifting, estate planning, and other tax issues.  Ms. Tractenberg frequently assists in resolving business disputes and succession planning across generations of family members.  Ms. Tractenberg also counsels private equity and hedge fund managers on their estate planning issues and has significant experience counseling clients on estate planning opportunities that arise in connection with both the formation and sale of closely held businesses.

She has created scores of nonprofit entities and has obtained tax-exempt status for them.  Ms. Tractenberg serves as counsel to numerous charitable entities, advising on issues including compliance and fundraising and has served on the boards of many nonprofit entities.

Ms. Tractenberg is recognized as a thought leader on legal developments and unique estate planning techniques through her frequent speaking and writing engagements.  Her speaking engagements include the American Law Institute, Practising Law Institute, the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, the Philadelphia Estate Planning Council, National Financial Partners, and the New York Society of Securities Analysts.  She speaks extensively before professional groups including accountants, investment advisors, and insurance brokers.  She served as an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, teaching Tax Exempt Organizations in the Graduate Taxation Program.

Noteworthy

  • Chambers High Net Worth, Private Wealth Law (New York), 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, 2017-2018
  • National Law Journal's "Trailblazers in Trust and Estates," 2016
  • Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
  • "Top Women Lawyers," Super Lawyers, Trusts and Estates, 2013
  • Legal 500 US, Tax: Domestic Tax, 2015

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Professional Affiliations

  • Trusts, Estates, and Surrogate's Courts Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • International Estate Planning and Asset Protection Planning Committees, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Former Chair, International Planning Committee and Charitable Organizations Committee, New York State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Former Chair, International Planning Committee and Charitable Organizations Committee, New York State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Board of Directors, The A. Woodner Fund
  • Board of Directors, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company
  • Board of Directors, Havana Heritage Foundation
  • Trustee and Founding Member, The Little One Foundation