Lindquist & Vennum LLP is pleased to announce that Mary Akkerman, a partner in the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice group, has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a national organization comprised of approximately 2,600 lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. Individual lawyers meeting the criteria for membership are nominated by fellows of the College, and subjected to careful review by both state and national membership selection committees, prior to consideration by the regents of the College. Applications for membership by members of the bar are not accepted by the College.
One of the central purposes of ACTEC is to study and improve trust, estate and tax laws, procedures and professional responsibility. ACTEC and its Fellows file amicus briefs in appropriate cases, testify before Congress, provide in-depth analysis of administrative positions to the Internal Revenue Service, assist in the development of best practices for trust and estate lawyers, and participate actively in the development of the recommendations being promulgated by the international Financial Action Task Force.
In her practice, Akkerman guides clients through the all aspects of fiduciary representation, estate planning, and related administrations, including dynasty trusts, domestic asset protection trusts, estate and trust administration, guardianships and conservatorships, business and tax planning, estate and gift tax planning, tax appeals and related litigation. She is skilled at establishing public and private trust companies in South Dakota and also has significant experience working with international advisors, attorneys, and clients with respect to cross-border planning, non-resident alien trust formation, and international tax issues.