Katz Baskies & Wolf PLLC
Jeffrey A. Baskies is a graduate of Trinity College (B.A., with highest honors, 1988) and Harvard University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1991).
Mr. Baskies is admitted to practice in Florida and Massachusetts. He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist/expert in Wills, Trusts and Estates law.
Mr. Baskies concentrates his practice in the areas of estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning with an emphasis on representing wealthy families, entrepreneurs and athletes/celebrities in multiple-generation wealth transfer and asset protection planning. He also represents clients with business succession planning needs, including shareholders’ agreements, buy-sell and cross purchase agreements, and business transactions, including purchases and sales of businesses. Mr. Baskies also counsels clients on charitable giving, insurance planning, prenuptial and postnuptial planning, and probate, trust and guardianship administration. In addition, he represents clients in beneficiary representation cases, will and trust contests and fiduciary litigation.
Mr. Baskies is included in the “Best Lawyers in America”, which is the most rigorous peer review designation. He is one of less than 10 Trusts and Estates law experts in Boca Raton included in that publication. Further, Mr. Baskies is AV® rated by Martindale Hubbell, its highest rating.
In December 2005, December 2006 and December 2008, Mr. Baskies was named by Robb Report’s Worth magazine as one of the “Top 100 Attorneys” in the country for affluent clients in that magazine’s inaugural, second and fourth (and final) listing of the nation’s leading attorneys.
Moreover, since 2006, Mr. Baskies has been named one of Florida’s “Super Lawyers” in that publication’s inaugural and annual lists of the “top 5%” of Florida lawyers. In 2009, Mr. Baskies was honored as one of Florida’s “Top 100 Super Lawyers” by that same magazine. Additionally since 2006, he has been named one of the “Legal Elite” in Florida Trend Magazine’s annual surveys, comprised of the “top 2%" of Florida lawyers.
Mr. Baskies has authored over 100 articles for professional publications. His articles have been published in various local and national periodicals including Estate Planning, Trusts and Estates, Lawyers Weekly USA, The Family Advocate, The Florida Bar Journal, Probate and Property, Life-underwriters Association News, and M.D. News. Mr. Baskies is a commentator and frequent contributor to Steve Leimberg’s popular on-line estate planning newsletter service, Leimberg Information Services, Inc.
Active in the Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Mr. Baskies is a member of the section’s executive council. He is also an active member of several of its committees, including: Probate Law Committee (chair of homestead law subcommittee), Charitable Organizations and Planning Committee (vice-chair), Probate Litigation Committee, and Trusts and Estates Tax Law Committee. Mr. Baskies was also appointed by the Section chair to serve on the Section’s homestead law ad hoc committee, where he participated in drafting several legislative proposals. Further, he co-authored chapters in The Florida Bar publications entitled: Basic Estate Planning in Florida, Drafting Marriage Contracts in Florida, Administration of Trusts in Florida and Basic Guardianship Practice.
During various times in his career, Mr. Baskies has been quoted as a tax and probate expert in local and national newspapers and periodicals including Money, Forbes, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, and many others. He has also been a featured expert commentator on local and national television affiliates for NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and other media. During the Ted Williams probate litigation, Jeff was sought out by many national media outlets for commentary, including a quote on the front page of USA Today, appearances on all of the major television stations in Boston, and many guest appearances on Boston radio stations, including several on “The Big Show” with Glenn Ordway. After the death of Anna Nicole Smith, Mr. Baskies was again sought out by many national media outlets for expert commentary. He was quoted by NBC and ABC, he was quoted in newspapers and websites (including CNN.com and msnbc.com) around the country, and he was interviewed on TV by Sue Herera on “The Power Lunch” on CNBC.
In addition to his experiences as an advisor to clients, Mr. Baskies spent four years of his career (2000-2004) as President and CEO of a national legal newspaper publishing company, Lawyers Weekly, Inc. He helped grow this closely-held, family business and led its sale to another media company. Mr. Baskies’ experiences as a CEO combined with his experiences in hiring and managing investment bankers while overseeing the sale of the business provide him unique insights into the needs of his clients.