GEORGE D. KARIBJANIAN
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gkaribjanian@fkl-law.com
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Background

George D. Karibjanian is a member of Franklin Karibjanian & Law. George is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts & Estates and is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

George practices exclusively in the areas of estate planning and probate and trust administration, and has also represented numerous clients with respect to nuptial agreements.  

George divides his time between the Boca Raton and Washington offices, spending the majority of his time in Boca Raton.  George is only licensed to practice law in Florida; he has submitted an application to practice law in the District of Columbia, and his current practice in D.C. is supervised by D.C. Bar members.

Born and raised in Vineland, New Jersey (in the heart of South Jersey), George has called Boca Raton home since 1988.  George has participated in over 140 formal presentations, either individually or as part of a panel discussion, to national, state-wide and local groups, and has over 65 legal publication credits in national and regional periodicals and journals.

On January 15, 2014, George was presenter at the 48th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning in Orlando, Florida, speaking on a panel discussion titled, “Living and Working with the Uniform Principal and Income Act,” focusing on the tax effects on the power to adjust trust principal to income, the power to convert an income trust to a unitrust, comparing the various unitrust statutes and examining the potential litigation facing fiduciaries in this area.

George's recent lectures have focused on the estate planning implications of the new Uniform Voidable Transactions Act, which have included presentations in Las Vegas, San Diego, throughout Florida and at the 42nd Annual Notre Dame Tax & Estate Planning Institute in October 2016 in South Bend, Indiana.  George has also conducted webinars on this topic for practitioners in both Alaska and South Dakota. 

On the topic of same-sex estate planning, George has lectured at various conferences and estate planning councils throughout the United States and has published numerous articles in publications such as Steve Leimberg’s LISI Estate Planning Newsletters, Estate Planning Journal, Trusts & Estates Magazine and the Florida Bar Journal.  George has also been quoted by several publications and websites. 

George’s other lectures have included topics such as Portability, Decanting, Trustee Selection and Duties, the Principal and Income Act, Current Developments in Estate Planning and Taxation, Representing a Client with Potential Capacity Issues, Whether a Supplemental 706 is Required, Inter-Vivos QTIP Planning, Prenuptial Agreements for the Estate Planner and the Advantages and Disadvantages of Domestic Asset Protection Trusts and Income Non-Grantor Trusts.

Education

  • University of Florida - LL.M. in Taxation, 1988
  • Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law – J.D., 1987
  • University of Notre Dame - B.B.A. in Accountancy, 1984

Bar Memberships

  • Florida, 1988

Professional Affiliations

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American College of Trust & Estate Counsel    
  • Member, Asset Protection Committee
  June 2013 – Present
  • Member, Transfer Tax Study Committee
  October 2013 – Present
Villanova University School of Law – Graduate Tax Program    
  • Member, Advisory Board 
  August 2016 – Present
The Florida Bar, Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Chair, Asset Protection Committee
  July 2015 – Present
  • Vice-Chair, Asset Protection Committee
  July 2012 – June 2015
  • National Issues Editor, Action Line Periodical
  July 2012 – Present
  • At-Large Member, Executive Council
  July 2012 – Present
  • Co-Chair, RPPTL Subcommittee to Determine Probate and Real Estate Legislation for Effect of Potential Unconstitutionality of Florida Same-Sex Marriage Laws
  July 2014 – November 2015
  • Co-Chair, Trust Law Committee Subcommittee To Determine Legality of Multiple Trustees’ Fees
  May 2013 – December 2016
Chair, Asset Protection Committee Subcommittee to Explore Changes to Florida’s FraudulentTransfer Statutes   September 2014 – Present
  • Member, RPPTL Ad Hoc Committee to Explore Revisions to Florida’s Decanting Statutes 
 
  • Feb. 2014 – Dec. 2016
  • Member, RPPTL Ad Hoc Committee to Legislative Revisions Regarding Life Insurance Payable to Revocable Trusts 
  Feb. 2013 – Nov. 2013
American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Estate and Gift Taxation Committee    
  • First Vice-Chair
  July 2016 – Present
  • Second Vice-Chair
  July 2014 – June 2016
  • Chairperson, Committee for Formal Comments to The Treasury Department Regarding the Proposed
    Basis Consistency Regulations

  April 2016 – June 2016
  • Co-Chair, Current Developments Presentation Panel
  Oct. 2012 – May 2014
  • Chairperson, Tax Section Task Force Subcommittee Advocating Changes to the Portability Provisions Added by the 2010 Tax Act
  2011
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust & Estate LawSection, Income and Transfer Tax Planning Group,
Estate & Gift Taxation Committee
   
  • Vice Chair 
  July 2014 – Present
Bloomberg BNA Estate and Gift Tax Advisory Board    January 2017 - Present
Greater Boca Raton Estate Planning Council – Member    
South Palm Beach County Bar Association - Member    

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Community Endeavors

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Boca Raton Museum of Art Professional Advisory Committee   May 2011 – Present
George Snow Memorial Scholarship Foundation,Professional Advisory Committee   January 2015 – Present
Palm Beach County Wealth & Estate Planning Seminar,Board of Directors  

January 2015 – Present

University of Notre Dame Alumni Club of Greater Boca Raton, Florida    
  • Member, Board of Directors
  1993 – 1997
  • President
  1996 – 1997
St. Jude's Catholic Church (Boca Raton) Financial Education Council   1994 – 1997
Boca Raton Girls Fastpitch Softball Association
  • Member, Board of Directors
  2004 – 2008
  • League Vice-President
  2008