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Caryn B. Keppler
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Putney Twombly Hall & Hirson LLP
521 Fifth Avenue New York, NY, 10175USA
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Caryn B. Keppler has extensive experience in all aspects of estate, gift and charitable planning for foreign and domestic individuals, conventional and alternative families, as well as business succession and continuity planning.  Caryn's areas of focus also include representing individuals regarding prenuptial, post-nuptial and domestic partnership agreements and assisting families in planning for their disabled children.  She has represented both fiduciaries and beneficiaries in the administration of domestic estates and trusts, as well as estates and trusts having contacts in international jurisdictions, and in litigation with the Internal Revenue Service and in the Surrogate's Courts.  Prior to entering private practice, Caryn was an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service.

Ms. Keppler is certified as an Estate Planning Law Specialist* by the Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc., an organization accredited by the American Bar Association and affiliated with the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils. Caryn is one of a select number of Estate Planning Law Specialists practicing in New York, New Jersey and Florida.

Ms. Keppler is the Treasurer of the Estate Law Specialist Board Inc., an affiliate of the National Association of Estate Planning Councils, a member of the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of New York City, Inc. and a past president of the Rockland County Estate Planning Council She is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trusts and Estate Law, Income and Transfer Tax Planning Group and the New York State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section and Committee on LGBT People and the Law.

Ms. Keppler received her B.A. from Binghamton University in 1980 and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1984.  She is admitted to practice law before the Courts of the States of New York, New Jersey and Florida, as well as the Federal District Court of New Jersey.

Publications and Speaking Engagements:

  • Speaker on “Wealth Transfer Ramifications of Federal Recognition – The Advantages and Drawbacks” NBI, Inc.  CLE on Estate and Tax Planning for Same Sex Couples, Long Island, New York,          November 17, 2014
  • Speaker on “Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples and Unmarried Couples”, NYSSCPA 2014 Annual Estate Planning Conference, New York, New York, May 22, 2014
  • Panelist on “Community: Perspectives on the Impacts of the Supreme Court DOMA Ruling”, Wells Fargo Private Bank, October 3, 2013
  • Panelist on “Planning for Same Sex Couples”, Rockland County Estate Planning Council, Estate Planners Day, May 11, 2012
  • "When It Comes to Gender…Estate Planning Considerations for the Transsexual Client", ABA Probate and Property, March/April 2012
  • "The Ten Mistakes Made When Planning for Collectibles", American Society of Appraisers, NYC Chapter 30, March 13, 2012
  • Speaker on “10 Mistakes Made When Planning With Collectibles”, American Numismatic Society, November 30, 2011
  • “Planning Considerations for the Transsexual Client”, Lawline Continuing Education Program, filmed on November 22, 2011
  • Speaker on “Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples under the New York Marriage Equality Act”, Orange County and Sullivan County Bar Associations and Sullivan County Women’s County Bar Association, November 14, 2011
  • Quoted in “Patchwork Partnering: States Can’t Agree on the Legal Status of Same-Sex Couples”, ABA Journal, October 2011
  • “Planning Considerations for the Transsexual Client”, NYSBA Bar Journal, October 2011
  • Panel Member on “Estate and Tax Issues for Same Sex Couples”, Wells Fargo Private Bank, September 13, 2011
  • Panelist on “Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples” for New York State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program “Same-Sex Marriage in New York, What Every Practitioner Needs to Know”, September 9, 2011
  • Continuing Legal Education Program Chair for “A Practical Guide to Representing Transgender Clients in Civil Matters:  Almost everything you wanted to know about transgender rights, but were too embarrassed to ask” and speaker on “Family, Marriage and Inheritance Rights for Transgender Clients” presented on January 27, 2011 at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association
  •  "When is a "Skip" not a "Skip"?: Generation Skipping Transfers in 2010"; published in the "Outside Counsel" column in the New York Law Journal November 16, 2010.
  • Speaker on “Transgender 101”, Meeting of the Committee on LGBT People and the Law, New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting, January 2010
  • “Do You Need an Estate Planning Checkup?” Bernstein Global Wealth Management Seminar, September 2009

The Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc. is not affiliated with any governmental authority. Certification is not a requirement for the practice of law in the State of New York or in the State of New Jersey and does not necessarily indicate greater competence than other attorneys experienced in this field of law.