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Trust & Estates Paralegal

  • Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #876
  • Salary: $85,000

POSITION: Trusts & Estates Paralegal

LOCATION: Washington, DC

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: Base salary up to $130,000 plus Bonus, Medical, Dental and Vision benefits, generous vacation and sick/personal days, paid holidays, 401K, and more!

ORGANIZATION: Renowned US Law Firm


  • Responsible for all aspects of estate planning and estate and trust and administration
  • Assist with the tax returns for various situations; gift, fiduciary income, etc.
  • Prepare, service and file court papers for probate proceedings, appointments or resignations of fiduciaries, disclaimers, and inventories, and claims against estates
  • Prepare Federal and State estate tax returns
  • Assist with valuations, bank balances, inventory, and appraisement 
  • Take care of the probate forms and docketing
  • Prepare real property deeds, marshal assets, accounting documents, and more
  • Participate in the sale and transfer of applicable assets; cars, real estate,securities, etc.
  • Prepare beneficiary designation forms and asset transfer forms
  • Perform all aspects of insurance trust administration from transfer of policies to trusts, preparation of notices, and management of trust bank accounts for payment of premiums
  • Prepare federal estate tax returns and appropriate state estate tax returns
  • Manage client contact information, letters, e-mails, estate planning documents and asset lists
  • Collect and run a valuation of assets, payment of debts and bequests
  • Prepare and file federal and state tax returns
  • Prepare informal estate and trust accounting
  • Prepare receipts and releases


  • 7+ years of Trust & Estates experience within a law firm
  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • Ability to work, communicate, and coordinate with high-profile clients on a regular basis
  • Familiarity with procedures of courts and regulatory agencies required
  • Experience working with tax preparation and accounting software
  • Experience in legal research and locating individuals
  • Ability to draft wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care documents is a plus
  • Notary license is a plus
  • Advanced Microsoft Word and proficiency with Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Tax preparation program  experience required.
  • Highly adaptable, proactive and works well under pressure