Partner

Taylor

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Taylor is a partner in Berg Hill’s Private Client Services group. Her practice focuses on advising individuals and families on estate planning, probate, estate administration, and trust administration. Her extensive tax background allows her to advise clients on the most effective ways to minimize income, gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer taxes during life or after death. Taylor can assist with a wide variety of trust and estate matters, from establishing a basic estate plan to advising on sophisticated tax-saving strategies for high-net-worth individuals. She aims to be your trusted advisor to help you achieve your goals without unnecessary complications, expense, or delay.  

Prior to joining Berg Hill, Taylor spent ten years practicing high-net-worth estate and trust law at two AmLaw 100 national law firms. During law school, she served as an extern at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, DC, and prepared pro bono income tax returns for low-income taxpayers for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. 

Taylor (formerly Taylor Perodeau) received her J.D. with Emphasis in Taxation from the University of Colorado Law School in 2011. She received her LL.M. in Taxation and Certificate in Estate Planning with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center in 2012. She is admitted to practice in Colorado, Florida, the District of Columbia, and before the US Tax Court. She is a member of the Boulder County Estate Planning Council, Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council, Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable, and the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law.  

Taylor lives in Denver with her husband, who is also a tax attorney, and young son.  

Experience

Estate Planning

Taylor offers both will-based and revocable-trust-based estate planning packages for individuals and couples. She guides and educates clients through the estate planning process to create customized wills, revocable trusts, financial and medical powers of attorney for incapacity, and more. She also advises on beneficiary designations for life insurance and retirement assets, retitling assets for probate avoidance at death, and compliance with prenuptial and divorce settlement agreements in a client’s estate plan. 

For clients with large or complex estates, Taylor can incorporate a variety of advanced estate and tax planning vehicles. For example, she can advise on lifetime gifting and the creation of irrevocable trusts and closely held business entities, including, but not limited to, family limited partnerships (FLPs), limited liability companies (LLCs), intentionally defective grantor trusts (IDGTs), generation-skipping dynasty trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILITs), grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), qualified personal residence trusts (QPRTs), annual exclusion gift trusts, special needs trusts for incapacitated or disabled beneficiaries, domestic asset protection trusts (DAPTs), qualified domestic trusts for non-citizens (QDOTs), charitable lead trusts (CLTs), charitable remainder trusts (CRTs), and more. 

Probate and Estate Administration

Taylor has considerable experience helping clients navigate the transfer of assets after a loved one’s death through the processes of probate, estate administration, and revocable trust administration. She can ensure the probate and estate administration process goes smoothly and protects the personal representative or trustee from potential litigation. She also represents heirs and beneficiaries who want to be sure that their interests are protected in the estate administration process. In addition, Taylor can advise on post-mortem tax planning and frequently prepares federal and state estate tax returns. 

Trust Administration

Taylor has in-depth knowledge of all types of trusts which allows her to advise trustees and beneficiaries on trust administration and compliance, selection, appointment and removal of trustees, and federal and state income taxation of trusts. She can advise trustees on their fiduciary duties to avoid being sued and advise beneficiaries on their rights to distributions, notices, and information about their trusts. Further, Taylor can assist with amending or modifying existing trusts that no longer serve a family’s goals through judicial reformation, non-judicial settlement agreements, trust decanting, trust mergers, trust divisions, and trust terminations. She also prepares federal gift tax returns to report transfers to irrevocable trusts. 

EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS

JURIS DOCTOR 

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO LAW SCHOOL, 2011

MASTERS IN TAXATION

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER, 2012

BACHELOR OF ART

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY 2008

Colorado

District of Columbia

Professional Associations

Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council

Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable

Colorado Bar Association

American Bar Association, Sections of Taxation and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

Honors & Awards

Chambers and Partners HNW: Private Wealth Law, Associate to Watch, 2021 

Publications & Speeches

Special Valuation Rules of Sections 2701-2704 of the Internal Revenue Code, Colorado Estate Planning Handbook; 2018-2021 Editions

The New Paradigm: Wealth Transfer Planning During an Economic Downturn, 2020

Electronic Wills: Some States Allow Them, But Not Yet Colorado, Law Week Colorado, 2017

Back to Basics: The Federal Estate Tax Return, DC Bar Presentation, 2015

Top 10 Revenue Rulings Every Estate Planner Should Know, ABA Webinar and DC Bar Presentation, 2015

Introduction to Estate Planning, Family Services, Ind. Presentation, 2014

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, https://www.venable.com/the-american-taxpayer-relief-act-of-2012/, 2012

Taylor’s Blog

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