Christine K. Kitson is Counsel to the firm’s Trusts & Estates, Business & Real Estate Taxation, and Private Wealth & Taxation Practice Groups. Christine leads the firm’s Estate Administration Group where she utilizes her extensive experience to guide and counsel families during the estate administration process.
Christine understands the impact of losing a loved one and incorporates delicacy and client care into her estate administration practice. She represents executors and administrators with probate and administration proceedings, preparing federal and state estate tax returns, and settling estates through either informal or formal accountings. Christine counsels trustees in their administration of trusts, including amending and decanting of irrevocable trusts and accounting proceedings. She handles proceedings in Surrogate’s Courts throughout Long Island and New York City. She also advises clients with respect to various tax elections and post-death estate and tax planning steps.
Christine also drafts complex wills, various types of trusts, and other documents to help clients achieve their estate planning goals. In addition to tax planning, Christine tailors each client’s estate plan for his/her specific needs and goals, including planning for minor children, second marriages, and family members with disabilities and/or special needs, lifetime gifting and preparation of gift tax returns, and business succession planning.
Christine has lectured at the National Business Institute, Inc. on federal estate tax and has been published in Trusts & Estates magazine on estate planning.
Prior to joining the firm, Christine obtained estate administration and estate planning experience as an associate at Humes and Wagner, LLP. Christine also gained experience in trust administration prior to law school while working as a Senior Trust Administrator at Investors Bank and Trust Company, Inc., in Boston.
Christine graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in English and Art History. Christine earned her law degree, with honors, at Suffolk University Law School where she was editor of the Transnational Law Review.
A native Long Islander, Christine lives in Long Beach with her husband, a FDNY firefighter, and their two young children. She enjoys working out in her beach garage gym, playing beach volleyball and boogie boarding, and spending time with her family.