David Pratt is Chair of the Private Client Services Department and head of the Boca Raton office. His practice is dedicated exclusively to the areas of trusts and estates, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer, fiduciary and individual income taxation and fiduciary litigation. He has extensive experience in estate planning and post-mortem tax planning. He has been asked to serve as an expert witness on several occasions, and has been referred to as a “seasoned trusts and estates lawyer” in a Florida Third District Court of Appeals Opinion. He was recognized as the Best Lawyers’ 2011 Miami Area Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year.
David’s clients consist predominantly of high net worth individuals and families. He regularly counsels his clients regarding how to transfer wealth from generation to generation with the least amount of tax and the maximum amount of asset preservation at each generation, including protection for a divorcing child or grandchild and from potential creditors. While many of David’s clients are retired, he also represents a significant amount of business owners. He has recommended and implemented many plans which have transferred ownership of business interests to the next generation with minimal transfer tax cost and without disruption of the family business. Such plans very often include recommendations resulting from the family dynamics involved with a family business.
Clients often consult with David with respect to charitable giving. He has been involved with establishing many charitable remainder and lead trusts, and has also established many private foundations. David prepares many nuptial agreements, both prior to and during a marriage. He also is very often engaged by an individual who is in the process of obtaining a divorce in order to do “pre-divorce” planning. In addition, David represents many doctors and other professionals. Specifically, he has recommended many estate plans involving entities such as family limited partnerships, limited liability companies, irrevocable trusts, and a combination of these techniques. Many of David’s clients have significant retirement plans and he regularly advises clients on how to maximize the income tax deferral with respect to such plans.
David is Florida Board-Certified in both Taxation and Wills, Trusts and Estates. There are very few attorneys in the State of Florida who hold a dual certification. He was a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. in New York City prior to attending law school. David had the privilege of serving as Chair of the Florida Bar’s Tax Section and in delivering testimony at the IRS hearings in Washington, D.C. regarding the Tax Section’s comments on the Proposed Regulations on Required Minimum Distributions from Retirement Plans. He also was one of the authors of comments submitted to the IRS by the Section in response to a controversial Revenue Procedure concerning charitable remainder trusts.
David is a Fellow in the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, serves on its Board of Regents and is Chair of the New Fellows Steering Committee. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law and the University of Miami Law School, where he teaches in their L.L.M. programs. David also is a faculty member of the American Law Institute-American Bar Association. He is a commentator on Leimberg Information Services Inc., a well-known estate planning newsletter, circulated to many estate planning professionals across the country. He has published various articles in legal journals, and lectures extensively to other lawyers, professionals, and laypersons.
David is very active with his community. He is the Vice-Chair of the Annual Campaign for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and the immediate past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. He also is on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America, where he serves on the Planned Giving and Endowments Committee and as Chair of the Planned Giving Initiatives Committee of the Jewish Federation of North America’s Philanthropic Resources Development Cabinet. David is a past Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee of both the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. He is a member of the Jewish National Fund’s Legal Committee, the Executive Committee of Professional Advisers for the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and the Advisory Board of the Lymphoma Foundation has also served on many Planned Giving Committees of charitable organizations in Palm Beach County.