Education

University of Virginia School of Law, LLM, with honors

University of Nijmegen School of Law, The Netherlands, J.D., with honors

Experience

  • Has helped individuals and families who own their own business sort through the trust, estate, and business planning issues that arise in the disposition and/or succession planning for the business.
  • Advises high-net-worth clients regarding wealth preservation and asset protection strategies.
  • Advises fiduciaries and beneficiaries on their rights and obligations.
  • Works with families to develop practical legal solutions for long-term ownership of vacation properties in the United States and foreign countries.
  • Provides advice helping clients implement their charitable goals.
  • Regularly advises clients regarding how best to structure US ownership of anticipated large foreign gifts and inheritances and helps implement new ownership structures.
  • Has guided many individuals and families in complicated and diverse family and marriage situations through the difficult estate planning process, resulting in the implementation of effective estate plans that accomplish the goals of the clients.
  • Consults with clients to define and implement goals in protecting assets for the benefit of disabled and spendthrift beneficiaries.

Admissions

Vermont, 1989

New Hampshire, 1994

Memberships & Activities

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow since 2000

Vermont State Chair for ACTEC from 2005-2009 and 2020-present

Vermont Bar Association

New Hampshire Bar Association: Elder Law, Estate Planning and Probate Section

Connecticut Valley Estate planning Council

American Bar Association: Probate and Trust Law Section; Real Estate, Probate and Property Section

Accolades & Awards

Selected by peers for recognition in the area of trusts and estates in The Best Lawyers in America©, Best Attorneys® in New Hampshire, and New England Super Lawyers since 2008.

Community Involvement

Vermont Public Company (merged entity of Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS), Board Member

Ledyard Financial Group, Inc./Ledyard National Bank, Member of Board of Directors

Prior Board and Committee membership: VPR, Fairbanks Museum, Lebanon Opera House

Publications

Willemien Dingemans-Miller & Christopher Stoneman, Estate Planning for Owners of Closely Held Business Interests, Tax Management Portfolio Estate, Gifts and Trusts Series No. 809-1st (Bureau of National Affairs, 2001)

Presentations

Lectured and participated in panel discussions for the Vermont Bar Association, the New Hampshire Bar Association, the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, and private groups on a wide range of trust and estate planning topics.

Languages

Dutch