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Ronald D. Aucutt is a partner in the Tysons Corner, Virginia office of McGuireWoods LLP and is co-chair of the firm’s Private Wealth Services Group. Ron concentrates on planning and controversy matters involving the estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes, the income taxation of trusts and estates, and the rules regarding tax-exempt organizations and charitable contributions. He has extensive experience in assisting clients with the transfer of wealth from one generation to another, particularly including the orderly and tax-efficient succession of family-owned businesses. He also advises lawyers and other professionals on tax planning and controversy issues across the entire spectrum of estate planning and charitable giving, including the complex rules governing generation-skipping transfers under chapter 13 and the special valuation rules under chapter 14 of the Internal Revenue Code. He is experienced in resolving tax issues through rulings in the Internal Revenue Service’s National Office and in administrative appeals throughout the country. He has contributed to the formation of tax policy through legislation since 1976, as well as in Treasury regulations, has served as an expert witness in estate and gift tax matters, and served on the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council from January 2015 to November 2016, including two years as chair of its “OPR Subgroup” (working with the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility).
Ron was recognized as one of Washington’s 31 “Best Lawyers” in the December 2011 issue of Washingtonian and as one of the top 30 “Stars of the Bar” in the December 2009 issue of Washingtonian; he holds Chambers USA’s “Band 1” ranking for Wealth Management; and he was elected to the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils Estate Planning Hall of Fame and given the designation of Distinguished Accredited Estate Planner in 2009. He was awarded the 1995-1996 Estate Planner of the Year Award by the Washington, D.C. Estate Planning Council. His biography appears in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and Who’s Who in the World. He is also listed in the Best Lawyers in America.
Ron is a Fellow and former President (2003-04) of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), an academician of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law and former member of its Council (2000-04), a former Vice Chair (Committee Operations) of the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation (1998-2000), a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the Christian Legal Society. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the University of Miami Philip E. Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning and Tax Management’s Advisory Board on Estates, Gifts, and Trusts. Ron received a B.A. degree in 1967 and a J.D. degree in 1975, both from the University of Minnesota. He has been a lecturer in law at the University of Virginia School of Law. He has lectured on estate planning subjects at over 100 tax institutes and conferences nationwide and is the author of more than 150 published articles on estate planning and other tax subjects. He is co-author of Structuring Estate Freezes, published by Warren, Gorham & Lamont and supplemented twice a year.
Ron was in the Navy from 1970 to 1973. He served in Vietnam and achieved the rank of lieutenant.
The Estate & Trust Law Practice:
McGuireWoods lawyers serve individual clients who seek to transfer assets efficiently to their chosen beneficiaries. As a part of our private client and estate planning services, we help clients consider the impact of federal income, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes on the transmission of wealth. We develop and implement strategies that can achieve tax savings by establishing trusts for the benefit of family members. Our lawyers also advise individuals and families about the many forms of charitable giving that may be used to reduce taxes.
Our lawyers assist our business clients in transferring ownership and control of their businesses efficiently, using restrictive shareholder and partnership agreements, reorganizations of corporations, and operating agreements of limited liability companies (LLCs), among other strategies.
Additionally, we help clients provide for the special needs of family members, protect the family assets, and assure professional management of these assets. We also provide guidance on premarital and marital dissolution planning.
In the area of estate and trust administration, we advise executors and trustees, guiding them in all aspects of their fiduciary responsibilities. We regularly counsel clients on related income taxation, as well as gift and estate taxation. With respect to wills and trusts, we represent clients in matters pertaining to their interpretation, litigation and resolution. Furthermore, we rigorously defend valuation and tax audits of estates by the Internal Revenue Service.
McGuireWoods is a strong, well-respected and expanding firm with a legacy reaching back more than 180 years. This legacy is a testament to our lawyers’ experience across business and industry, as well as our consistent ability to deliver an excellent legal product — efficiently and at a fair price. Some of our clients have been with us for nearly 50 years, which speaks to the level of service we provide and the mutual loyalty we engender.
McGuireWoods has more than 1,000 lawyers in 23 offices, and our lawyers speak more than 35 languages. We cross borders, practices and industries in the U.S., UK, Belgium and around the world, collaborating with colleagues and managing resources in 128 countries. We have unique cooperative arrangements in China with law firm FuJae Partners, in France with KGA, in Israel with Shenhav Konforti Rotem & Co. (SKR), and in Saudi Arabia with Badr Alarishi. Our international presence is further enhanced by participation in the global legal networks Lex Mundi and LNI.