Preston Franzen


Associate - Real Estate and Private Client Services Groups


 

pfranzen@dwboston.com

Areas of Practice
Preston S. Franzen is an associate specializing in real estate transfers, Massachusetts and Federal tax planning, estate planning, and probate. His practice also handles special needs law, elder law, and trust administration. He has significant experience drafting wills and trusts, administering estates, and navigating the complexities associated with Medicaid and Social Security. Mr. Franzen also advises clients on a broad range of issues involving Federal and State income tax, gift, and estate tax issues.

Work for Clients
Estate Planning and Probate: Mr. Franzen represents individuals and estates regarding wealth disposal issues, tax issues, and transfers of real estate. He works closely with trustees, personal representatives, and beneficiaries, guiding these fiduciaries through the difficulties associated with their positions.
Real Estate: Mr. Franzen represents businesses and individuals with real estate transactions, including the transfer of real estate interests to trusts, drafting and recording declarations of homestead, and drafting recording documents, including deeds, assignments and notes.
Tax Law: Mr. Franzen advises clients filing income tax returns, estate tax returns and gift tax returns. He also advises clients responding to the Internal Revenue Service and Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
Special Needs and Elder Law: Mr. Franzen has a strong and personal connection to special needs law. He aids guardians and trustees through complicated issues surrounding Medicaid and Social Security and he also drafts and administers special needs trusts and supplemental needs trusts to protect the interests of disabled individuals.

Professional Activities
Mr. Franzen’s professional associations include the Boston Bar Association, the Real Estate Bar Association and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Boston Chapter.

Publications/Presentations
Survey of Minnesota’s Medicaid History, Center of Elder Justice and Policy, September 2011.

Personal and Community Activities
Mr. Franzen is an Eagle Scout of the Boy Scouts of America and currently serves as a scout committee member for a local troop. Mr. Franzen is fluent in Spanish. His other personal pursuits include playing piano, skiing, camping, fishing, gardening and beekeeping.

Education
Mr. Franzen holds a B.A. in History with a minor in Spanish from Brigham Young University as well as a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.