Griff Leschefske’s practice centers on estate planning and allied disciplines, in which he represents individuals, families, fiduciaries, and tax-exempt organizations in all aspects of trust and estate planning, administration, and controversy.
In his trust and estate planning practice, Griff provides counsel on strategies for wealth transfer, multigenerational planning, and asset protection, including the use of sophisticated gift and trust planning techniques to optimize income, gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer tax outcomes. He frequently advises clients on the design and administration of estate plans for high-net-worth individuals and families, the passage of unique assets, and achieving philanthropic objectives. Griff also regularly advises on strategies for improving underperforming or inappropriate estate plans post-mortem and represents individual clients and trustees on income tax residency and domicile questions. Drawing on the breadth of his planning practice, Griff provides strategic counsel to tax-exempt and charitable organizations with respect to planned giving matters, including with respect to the administration and modification of endowed funds under UPMIFA.
Griff has notable experience in trust and estate disputes and related litigation, regularly appearing in court on behalf of individual beneficiaries, personal representatives and executors, trustees, and tax-exempt organizations.
Griff is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.
- Maine Community Foundation Professional Advisors Network
- Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project
- Maine Estate Planning Council
Board of Directors, Harraseeket Yacht Club (2009-2014)