Benjamin T. Branche
Benjamin T. Branche
Benjamin T. Branche, a partner and business lawyer with the firm concentrating his practice on Tax, Trusts and Estates, Financing, Real Estate/Land Use, Aviation Law, and Business Law. He has served as a trusted advisor to privately held companies, professionals, entrepreneurs, and individuals. Ben works with individual clients to establish Last Wills and Testaments, Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Family Entities, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, and other complex estate planning documents. He also provides estate administration and estate planning counseling involving the implementation of strategies to transfer wealth, minimize taxes, and ensure that wealth is preserved and distributed appropriately.
Ben is also a vital and dependable partner to his business clients, providing advice, planning and consultation relating to commercial business transactions, commercial financing, joint ventures, real estate/land use, commercial leasing, aircraft acquisition and leasing, acquisitions/mergers, and general business planning. As part of the Business Group, Ben assists clients in structuring partnerships, financing relationships and tax strategies that assist in various business structures. At all times, Ben is looking for strategic and practical solutions to a client’s particular needs.
Ben was named a New Jersey “Rising Star™” in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Prior to joining Szaferman Lakind, Ben was an associate with the law firms of Hill Wallack of Yardley, PA, and Gimmel, Weiman, Ersek & Blomberg, PC of Gaithersburg, MD. He was also associated with CTIS, INC, of Rockville, MD providing legal counsel and support on government contracts.
Ben is a member of the Bucks County and Mercer County Estate Planning Councils and the Estate Planning and Business Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He has given and attended numerous seminars on estate planning and probate, and in 2006 he completed an intensive Advanced Estate Planning Institute program at the Emory Law School in Atlanta, Georgia. Ben was admitted to the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bars in 2008, the District of Columbia Bar in 2006, and the Maryland Bar in 2004. He earned his Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in 2004, and his Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from the University of Scranton in 1999. Ben is currently and adjunct professor at the Mercer County Community College teaching on subjects relating to business and entity structure and taxation.
Areas of Practice:
Trust and Estate Planning
New Jersey, 2008
District of Columbia, 2006
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia, 2004 J.D.
University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1999 B.A. Honors: Cum Laude
Honors and Awards:
New Jersey Rising Star™ 2010-2012
Past Employment Positions:
Hill Wallack; Gimmel, Weiman, Essel & Blomberg