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Jane Peebles

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Jane Peebles is an attorney certified by the California State Bar Association as a specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law, and advises clients on domestic and international estate planning and estate administration and U.S. and cross-border philanthropy.

Education

  • New York University School of Law, J.D. (1984)
  • City College of New York, B.A. in English (1974) and double M.A. in English and Pedagogy (1977)

Jane Peebles has a diverse practice representing domestic and multinational high-net-worth individuals and their families with respect to all aspects of gift, estate and generation-skipping wealth transfer tax planning, trust and estate administration, and charitable planning. She establishes and represents private foundations, public charities and other types of tax-exempt organizations and is known internationally for her expertise in cross-border philanthropy.

Jane works closely with clients to meet their personal estate planning goals, foster family harmony and minimize the impact of various taxes.  She advises clients on the full array of estate planning issues, including:

  • Wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney and “living Wills” with health care and end of life instructions
  • Complex irrevocable trusts for lifetime gifts, including life insurance trusts, dynasty trusts, personal residence trusts and GRATs
  • Plans for non-traditional couples
  • U.S. and offshore structures for clients with assets or family members abroad
  • Gifts, sales and loans among family members
  • Charitable trusts
  • Business succession planning, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies

Jane also advises trustees and executors on all aspects of probate and trust administrations.

Jane writes and speaks on a variety of sophisticated domestic and international estate and charitable planning issues and has been featured at the Philip E. Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, University of Southern California Tax Institute and several other leading professional conferences.

Jane is admitted to practice in California, and certified by the California State Bar Association as a specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law. She is also a nationally recognized lecturer and author on a variety of domestic and international estate and charitable planning matters. Ranked one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in the specialty of Trusts and Estates for every year since 2007, Jane has dedicated her practice to estate planning, international tax planning and charitable planning. After working in Denver in her early career, Jane joined the Los Angeles office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, a leading U.S. and international law firm, where she worked in the personal law section on domestic and international estate planning matters. In 1992, she moved to Freeman, Freeman & Smiley, becoming a partner there in 1996. Immediately before founding Karlin & Peebles, LLP, she was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Bingham McCutchen (now Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP).

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  • State Bar of California
  • Certified by the California State Bar Association as a specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law. 
  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
  • Ranked in the Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Guide
  • Chosen by her peers as a Southern California Super Lawyer every year since 2005
  • Ranked by her peers and the Judiciary as a Top Woman Attorney of Southern California
  • Named by The Best Lawyers in America as a leading lawyer nationally in the practice of Trusts and Estates every year since 2008
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rated Preeminent Woman Lawyer
  • Distinguished Service Award from the Los Angeles Council of Charitable Gift Planners (2018)
  • Partner of Distinction, California Community Foundation (2018)
  • STEP Journal roundtable sponsored by CAF America, September 22, 2021.
  • "International Grantmaking and Fundraising for the Certified Specialist in Planned Giving," Cal State Long Beach 
  • "U.S. Tax Rules Regarding Cross-Border Grantmaking," International Fundraising Across Borders online conference, November 18-20, 2020
  • "Retirement Planning With Charitable Remainder Trusts and Charitable Gift Annuities," Western Regional Planned Giving Conference, June 25, 2020
  • "Retirement Planning with Charitable Vehicles," Orange County Advisors in Philanthropy, May 5, 2020
  • "Are We Here Yet? Pre-Immigration and Post Residence Issues," UCLA/CEB Estate Planning Institute, April 24, 2020
  • Presented at the CEB-UCLA Estate Planning Institute regarding international estate planning, March 24, 2020
  • "Charitable Remainder Trusts and Charitable Gift Annuities" Meeting of the Los Angeles Estate Planning Council on Retirement Planning, November, 2019
  • "Here There Be Dragons:  Navigating the Waters of Cross-Border Philanthropy," Estate Counselors' Forum, May 2019
  • “A Practical Look at Charitable Lead Trusts,” Planned Giving Design Center, November 2015
  • State Bar of California
  • Certified by the California State Bar Association as a specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law. 
  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
  • Ranked in the Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Guide
  • Chosen by her peers as a Southern California Super Lawyer every year since 2005
  • Ranked by her peers and the Judiciary as a Top Woman Attorney of Southern California
  • Named by The Best Lawyers in America as a leading lawyer nationally in the practice of Trusts and Estates every year since 2008
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rated Preeminent Woman Lawyer
  • Distinguished Service Award from the Los Angeles Council of Charitable Gift Planners (2018)
  • Partner of Distinction, California Community Foundation (2018)
  • STEP Journal roundtable sponsored by CAF America, September 22, 2021.
  • "International Grantmaking and Fundraising for the Certified Specialist in Planned Giving," Cal State Long Beach 
  • "U.S. Tax Rules Regarding Cross-Border Grantmaking," International Fundraising Across Borders online conference, November 18-20, 2020
  • "Retirement Planning With Charitable Remainder Trusts and Charitable Gift Annuities," Western Regional Planned Giving Conference, June 25, 2020
  • "Retirement Planning with Charitable Vehicles," Orange County Advisors in Philanthropy, May 5, 2020
  • "Are We Here Yet? Pre-Immigration and Post Residence Issues," UCLA/CEB Estate Planning Institute, April 24, 2020
  • Presented at the CEB-UCLA Estate Planning Institute regarding international estate planning, March 24, 2020
  • "Charitable Remainder Trusts and Charitable Gift Annuities" Meeting of the Los Angeles Estate Planning Council on Retirement Planning, November, 2019
  • "Here There Be Dragons:  Navigating the Waters of Cross-Border Philanthropy," Estate Counselors' Forum, May 2019
  • “A Practical Look at Charitable Lead Trusts,” Planned Giving Design Center, November 2015

Education

  • New York University School of Law, J.D. (1984)
  • City College of New York, B.A. in English (1974) and double M.A. in English and Pedagogy (1977)
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