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Lee-Ford Tritt

Professor of Law
Director, Center for Estate Planning
Director, Estates & Trusts Practice Certificate Program
Associate Director, Center on Children and Families

Mailing Address: Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611
Email: Tritt@law.ufl.edu
Phone: 352.273.0952
Fax: 352.392.3005
Vita [PDF]

Education

LL.M., in Taxation, New York University School of Law;
J.D., New York University School of Law;
B.A., University of the South

Teaching and Scholarship

Wills, Trusts & Estates; Fiduciary Administration; Estate Planning; Property Succession; Probate; Federal Estate and Gift Taxation

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law in 2005 as Assistant Professor, Named as Director of the Center for Estate Planning, Director of the Estates & Trusts Practice Certificate Program, and the Associate Director for the Center on Children and Families in 2005; Promoted to Associate Professor in 2008; Promoted to Professor in 2011.
  • Prior Academic Experience: Adjunct Professor at Pace University School of Law (Estate & Gift Taxation).
  • Private Practice: Davis Polk & Wardwell (New York, NY)(2000-2005); Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP (New York, NY)(1997-2000).
  • Admitted to Practice: Florida Bar, New York Bar, New Jersey Bar and California Bar.
  • Professional Affiliations: American Bar Association Section on Real Property Trust and Estate Law; Florida Bar Section on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law; AALS Section on Donative Transfers; The Copyright Society of the USA.
  • Professor Tritt is a frequent lecturer across the country on various estate planning issues, including presentations for the ABA’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section’s annual meetings and the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning. In addition, Professor Tritt has been interviewed by many newspapers, news shows and radio shows, including the New York Times, the BBC, NPR, the Associated Press, MSNBC, FOX News, Orlando Sentinel, Tampa Bay Times, Houston Chronicle, Pittsburg Tribune, Palm Beach Post, and the Gainesville Sun.

Honors

  • College of Law Professor of the Year: 2008-2009; 2009-2010; 2010-2011; 2011-2012; 2012-2013
  • University of Florida’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Education: 2010
  • University of Florida’s Impact Award: 2012
  • BALSA Outstanding Mentor of the Year: 2008; 2011

Estates & Trusts (3 credits) – LAW 6430

Fiduciary Administration (3 credits) – LAW 6440

Estate Planning (3 credits) – LAW 6450

Advanced Topics in Estates & Trusts (2 credits) – LAW 6936

Advanced Topics in Estate Planning (2 credits) – LAW 6936

Law Review Articles:

  • A Stewardship Theory of Trust Law (forthcoming, 2014).
  • The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly of Gun Trusts, NW. U. L. REV. COLLOQUY (forthcoming 2013).
  • Promoting Trust in Trusts & Estates, 5 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ARTS & SCIENCES 751 (2012).
  • The Limitations of An Economic Agency Cost Theory of Trust Law, 32 CARDOZO L. REV. 2579 (2011).
  • Named one of the top ten Estate & Gift Tax Articles of 2011, 134 Tax Notes 1453 (Mar. 2012).
  • Technical Correction or Tectonic Shift: Competing Default Rule Theories Under the New Uniform Probate Code, 61 ALA. L. REV. 273 (2010).
  • Sperms and Estates: An Unadulterated Functionally Based Approach to Parent-Child Property Succession, 62 SMU L. REV. 101, 187 (2009).
  • Liberating Estates Law from the Constraints of Copyright, 38 RUTGERS L.J. 109 (2006).

Other Articles:

  • Statutory Copyright Terminations and Artist-Endowed Foundations, NATIONAL STUDY OF ARTIST-ENDOWED FOUNDATIONS (Aspen Institute 2013).
  • A Question of Value, The Evolution of Formula Clauses Through the Decades, 47 REAL PROP. TRUST & ESTATE L.J. 467 (June 2013).
  • What Do Trustees Owe the Remainder Beneficiaries of Revocable Trusts, REAL PROP. TRUST & ESTATE LAW EREPORT (June 2013).
  • Promoting Trust in Trusts & Estates, 5 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ARTS & SCIENCES 751 (2012).
  • Six Important Cases of the Past Year, REAL PROP. TRUST & ESTATE LAW EREPORT (June 2012).
  • Parent-Child Property Succession, TRUSTS & ESTATES MAGAZINE, Aug. 2009, at 18.

Books and Book Chapters:

  • ESTATE PLANNING FOR AUTHORS AND ARTISTS, 815-3RD B.N.A. TAX MANAGEMENT PORTFOLIOS (forthcoming 2013).
  • MORTAL REMAINS, B.N.A. TAX MANAGEMENT PORTFOLIOS (forthcoming 2014).
  • THE LAW OF SUCCESSION: WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES, contributing chapter author on transfer taxes (Foundation Press 2013).
  • TRITT, WRIGHT AND WEISBERG, FLORIDA PROBATE CODE AND RELATED PROVISIONS WITH COMMENTARY (Aspen Publishers 2010).