George L. Cushing Named Lawyer of the Year for Litigation – Trusts and Estates

The law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association, with four offices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, is pleased to announce that Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America has singled out George L. Cushing as the Litigation-Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year for 2012 in his market.

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year”.

Mr. Cushing’s practice is focused on estate planning and estate administration, including related income, estate and gift tax planning, tax return preparation, tax controversies and probate litigation involving disputes within families or between individuals over the disposition of property in estates and trusts. His practice is also focuses on related areas, including representing owners of closely-held businesses; preparation of Buy-Sell Agreements and voting trust arrangements; preparation of Family Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies; real estate transactions, including nominee trusts; antenuptial agreements; advice concerning retirement plan and individual retirement account decision-making, including tax options relating to retirement and death benefits; advice concerning establishment of tax-exempt charitable foundations in both trust and corporate form; and advice to individuals and trustees concerning the administration of private and charitable trusts and other entities.

Mr. Cushing also acts as Trustee and co-Trustee of private trusts established by or for the benefit of clients and their intended beneficiaries, and from time to time as court-appointed administrator, special administrator and conservator in probate matters requiring independent administration.

According to Woodward/White’s guide, client say, “George is a highly seasoned and highly experienced counselor. He has the experience and the knowledge to understand and explain the law and the intelligence and practicality to properly advise in every situation. It is always a pleasure to work with George and you always know that you are good hands.
George received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1970, and B.A. from Harvard College, magna cum laude, (1965). Most recently George was a Partner at K&L Gates LLP in Boston.

He resides in Beverly, Massachusetts.

William V.A. Zorn, of McLane’s Manchester, New Hampshire, office was singled out as ‘Best Lawyers’ Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year’ for 2012 in his market, as well. McLane’s Trusts and Estates Department topped New Hampshire’s state ranking with 8 attorneys being recognized by their peers as Best Lawyers

About the McLane Law Firm

Founded in 1919, the McLane Law Firm is the largest full-service law firm in the state of New Hampshire, with offices in Manchester, Concord and Portsmouth, as well as Woburn, Massachusetts. Driven by the firm’s depth of sophisticated legal expertise and an unwavering commitment to client service, McLane has built collaborative and lasting relationships with a broad spectrum of domestic and international clients.