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Kleinberg Kaplan hires trusts and estates attorneys Claudio De Vellis and Dorothy Santos


Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen has appointed attorneys Claudio A De Vellis and Dorothy J Santos to the firm’s estate planning and administration practice.

De Vellis joins as a member and Santos joins as an associate.
De Vellis, a trusts and estates attorney with over 15 years of experience, counsels individuals, closely-held businesses, and charitable organizations on a broad range of tax and wealth preservation matters, including all aspects of estate planning, retirement planning, income, estate, and gift tax treatment of charitable giving, and pre-immigration and tax planning for international families. He advises clients in the purchase and sale of business interests, and structures business succession plans. He also represents individual and corporate fiduciaries in connection with the administration of estates, as well as disputes arising out of the administration of estates and trusts.
De Vellis joins the firm from the New York City office of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, where he was a partner in the estate planning and wealth protection practice. Previously, he practiced in the area of trusts and estates at other New York law firms, including Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. De Vellis is also a Certified Public Accountant and practiced with a regional New York accounting firm prior to beginning his law career.
Santos focuses her practice on estate and tax planning and administration. She joins the firm from the estate planning and wealth protection practice of the New York City office of Smith, Gambrell & Russell. 
“We are pleased to welcome Claudio and Dorothy to the firm,” says Andy Chonoles, managing partner at Kleinberg Kaplan. “As market conditions continue to fluctuate and new tax issues come into play, our firm has seen an increased need for trusts and estates planning services. Claudio and Dorothy have deep experience in all aspects of estate planning and trusts and estates administration and we are confident they will be great additions to our practice.”

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