Vivian M. Karian

Vivian Karian is an associate in Pierce Atwood’s Trusts and Estates Practice Group.

Vivian advises estate planning clients through the use of wills, revocable living trusts, and incapacity documents, including health care and financial powers of attorney. She also has experience drafting documents requiring more sophisticated planning, such as irrevocable life insurance trusts and personal residence trusts.

Vivian represents clients in guardianship proceedings, conducts estate administration, handles all aspects of the probate process, and prepares estate tax returns for non-taxable and taxable estates.

While in law school, Vivian was the recipient of the C.A.L.I. Excellence for the Future Award® in Wills and Trusts, as well as in Contract Drafting and Transactional Lawyering.

Honors & Distinctions
  • Named a "Rising Star" for Estate and Probate in Rhode Island by Super Lawyers  (2024-present)
  • Recognized by Rhode Island Monthly for Professional Excellence in Wills, Trusts and Estates (2023-present)
Professional Activities
  • Charter member, Tomorrow's Women Today, Rhode Island Chapter
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Rhode Island (EPCRI)
  • Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association Probate and Trust Committee