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Peter  B. Wells

Peter B. Wells


New York
T: +1 212 836 8662
F: +1 212 836 6447

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  • George Washington University Law School
    JD, 2003
  • University of Vermont
    BA, 2000

Bar Admission(s)

  • New York, 2006
  • Massachusetts, 2003
  • US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2004


  • New York State Bar Association:
  • • Trusts and Estates Law Section
  • • Committee on International Estate Planning
  • • Committee on Estate Planning

Peter B. Wells is Counsel  in Kaye Scholer’s Tax & Private Clients Department. Peter has a broad-based practice representing both US and international clients with respect to wealth planning and preservation. He counsels private clients, family-owned companies and corporate fiduciaries throughout the world in connection with domestic and foreign trust and holding company structures, management succession issues and wealth transfer arrangements. His practice includes multi-national families based in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Additionally, he focuses on family governance matters, such as arranging family or professional management succession, pre-immigration and expatriation planning, cross-border asset protection, tax compliance and reporting matters and tax-exempt organizations.

Peter’s experience includes:

  • Advising clients regarding structures through which to invest in the US, including, in particular, investments in US real estate

  • Counseling multi-generational and multi-national families and family offices in creating and maintaining long term and practical governance structures

  • Assisting domestic clients with preparation of estate plans to minimize gift, estate and generation skipping tax exposure

  • Providing pre-immigration planning to foreign individuals planning to establish residence in the US, as well as expatriation planning for US citizens who are relinquishing their citizenship

  • Advising corporate fiduciaries and US beneficiaries of foreign trusts and/or estates on US tax issues and tax mitigation strategies

  • Advising US citizens and residents living abroad with US income tax compliance issues and foreign bank account reporting