Developing innovative pricing structures and alternative fee agreement models that deliver additional value for our clients.
Advancing professional knowledge and offering credits for attorneys, staff and other professionals.
Helping clients respond correctly when a crisis occurs.
Providing our clients with legal, strategic, and practical advice to make transformational changes in their organizations.
Leveraging law and technology to deliver sound solutions.
Delivering seamless service through partnerships across the globe.
Leveraging leading-edge technology to guide change and create seamless, collaborative experiences for clients and attorneys.
Industry-leading conferences focused on affordable housing, tax credits, and more.
Providing actionable information to support strategic decision-making.
Teaming with clients to advance sustainable projects, mitigate the effects of climate change, and protect our planet.
Offering a range of investment management and fiduciary services.
Bringing together companies and investors for tomorrow’s new deals.
Offering fresh insights on cases that are delayed, over budget, or off-target from the desired resolution.
Courtroom-ready lawyers who can resolve disputes early on clients’ terms or prevail at trial before a judge or jury.
Creating positive impact in our communities through increasing equity, access, and opportunity.
I'm a 2023 Nixon Peabody Pro Bono Champion.Read more about our Pro Bono program
Jennifer Collins advises individuals and families on sophisticated estate planning matters, including estate, gift, and income tax planning. Jen also represents beneficiaries and fiduciaries with respect to estate administration and trust matters, including will contests, trust modifications, and trust termination proceedings. Jen’s approach is direct, practical, and solutions-oriented.
My goal is to partner with clients to create proactive, strategic plans that meet their individualized needs. I assist clients with identifying priorities, assessing options, and preparing estate planning documents, including wills and trusts, to protect and transfer wealth in a tax-efficient manner. I draw on my experience as a corporate attorney to advise business owners and entrepreneurs with respect to tax and business succession matters. I have significant experience with blended families, second marriages, and same-sex couples. I also counsel clients with respect to protecting the family wealth through the strategic use of prenuptial agreements.
I serve as executor and trustee for my clients and I also work closely with family members and professionals who are serving in these roles. I guide family members and fiduciaries through the probate process, prepare income and estate tax returns, handle related audits, mitigate disputes, and attend to ongoing trust administration matters. I collaborate with accountants, investment professionals, and other family advisors on an ongoing basis.
Even with thoughtful estate planning, there are times when changes are needed. I handle cases where irrevocable trusts have unintended, negative tax implications, or are no longer appropriate based on individual circumstances. I have extensive experience with non-judicial resolutions under the Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code, and I work with our litigators on will contests. I also advise professional trustees in the charitable arena with respect to the private foundation rules, trust modifications, and trust terminations. I counsel individuals, banks, and other financial institutions on implementing appropriate solutions for trust-related problems.
Hamilton College, B.A., magna cum laude
Northeastern University School of Law, J.D.
Jen serves on the Board of Directors of Nixon Peabody Trust Company and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She also serves as President of the Anna B. Stearns Foundation. She is a former Director of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association and East Boston Social Centers, Inc.
Jen is a member of the American, Massachusetts, Boston and Women’s Bar Associations. She previously served on the New Developments Committee of the Trusts and Estates section of the Boston Bar Association. She also served on the faculty of A Primer on International Estate Planning (Lorman Educational Services, January 2013) and is a contributing author to Understanding and Using Trusts (MCLE, Inc. Supp. 2011).
Jennifer has been named repeatedly as a "Rising Star" by Law & Politics Media, Inc., based on a peer review survey of attorneys in Massachusetts. The "Rising Stars" are published annually in the Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition and in Boston Magazine.
Subscribe to stay informed of the latest legal news, alerts, and business trends.Subscribe