Toni Ann Kruse focuses her practice on estate and wealth transfer planning. She advises clients on estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax issues, trust and estate administration, and charitable planning, as well as contested trust and estate matters. She has significant experience working with family companies, drafting and administering complex estate plans for domestic and multinational high-net-worth individuals and families, implementing leveraged wealth transfer techniques and counseling fiduciaries in estate administration.
Toni Ann received the 2012 McDermott Award for Commitment to Pro Bono and Community Service, in part for her work leading a team of 70 tax lawyers from the Firm to create a global index and report on charity law and philanthropy incentives. The index scores the tax readiness for philanthropy of all 193 United Nations countries. Toni Ann formally introduced the project to hundreds of participants at The Nexus Global Youth Summit. It serves as a reference and benchmark for civil society organizations to promote a United Nations resolution calling for a global campaign for a culture of philanthropy.
Toni Ann has been appointed a 2016–2018 ACTEC Foundation Young Leader.
Toni Ann serves as the chair of the New York office’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee.
While in law school, Toni Ann was the note editor for the Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice.
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