Mark E. Melendy, Esq.

Attorney, InterActive Legal Advisor

Mark is a principal of the firm and his practice focuses on estate and trust planning and administration, business succession planning and tax advice.  Mark assists clients with planning for a smooth transfer of assets to loved ones, and, following a client’s death, guidance through the estate and trust administration process.  His clients range from business owners transferring their businesses to individuals planning for distributions to their beneficiaries, with clients’ piece of mind concerns at the forefront.  Mark focuses on drafting estate plans that accomplish the clients’ goals in an understandable manner while attaining income and estate tax efficiency, notwithstanding the complexities that some estate plans require. 

After law school Mark served as a Federal clerk to the Honorable Franklin S. Billings, Jr., U.S. District Court followed by work as an associate in the corporate departments of two large international law firms, Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.  Mark has attained an AV (Preeminent/Very High Ethical Standards) Martindale-Hubbell peer-review rating and is recognized  by  The Best Lawyers in America  as a leading attorney in the area of Trusts and Estates.  Mark regularly speaks and publishes on trusts and estates matters, including currently serving as editor of the Thompson Reuters’ Vermont Revocable Trust and Probate Estate Question and Answer Surveys. 

Mark has been an active member of the Vermont Bar Association Probate and Trust Section, including serving as a member of the Vermont Bar Association and Vermont Banker’s Association joint study committees that drafted the Uniform Trust Code for Vermont (2007-2009) and the Uniform Principal and Income Act  for Vermont (2010-2011).

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