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Scott Sambur is a partner in the Trusts & Estates group at Seward & Kissel LLP.  Scott represents fiduciaries and individuals with substantial net worth throughout the full range of estate and transfer-tax planning and administration, focusing on the transfer of assets to beneficiaries at the lowest tax cost while achieving overall family and charitable objectives.  He advises clients on tax-effective strategies to shift both future wealth and existing wealth, using sophisticated trust planning, family investment vehicles, life insurance and charitable giving.  Scott works closely with members of the taxation, investment management and maritime groups at Seward & Kissel to craft comprehensive solutions addressing clients' family and business planning objectives. 

Scott advises clients on techniques for charitable giving, including the establishment and administration of charitable foundations, while helping clients to navigate the complicated rules governing the directors and officers of private foundations.  He has worked with numerous clients to set up charitable split-interest trusts, helping the charitably-inclined to give large sums to worthy causes while at the same time transferring considerable wealth to members of their families on a tax-advantaged basis. 

Scott is experienced with the complicated laws governing non-resident aliens who own assets in the United States or have U.S. family members, as well as U.S. citizens owning foreign assets, holding dual citizenship, residing abroad or considering expatriation.  He has advised multiple clients on complex offshore business succession and estate planning matters, and is well-versed in the many rules governing foreign trusts with U.S. beneficiaries.

Scott received an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Bruce A. Markell, of the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Nevada.  He is currently a member of the New York City and State Bar Associations, the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association.

Firm Description

Seward & Kissel, founded in 1890, is a leading U.S. law firm with an international reputation for excellence. We have offices in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Our practice primarily focuses on corporate and litigation work for clients seeking legal expertise in the financial services, corporate finance and capital markets areas.  The Firm is particularly well known for its representation of major commercial banks, investment banking firms, investment advisers and related investment funds (including mutual funds and hedge funds), broker-dealers, institutional investors and transportation companies (particularly in the shipping area).

The Firm’s attorneys are very experienced and highly regarded in their respective practice areas. Many have been with the Firm for most, if not all, of their legal careers. Our focus and expertise, combined with the Firm’s stability, have enabled us to create a work culture that is dedicated to professional excellence and sound judgment, and that is committed to providing our clients with effective, high quality, hands-on legal service.