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Elizabeth Carrott Minnigh

Elizabeth Carrott Minnigh

Chair of Wealth & Succession Planning


Washington, DC
New York, NY

How Elizabeth Helps Clients

Elizabeth is a tax attorney who focuses on advising high net worth families and charitable organizations.

Elizabeth advises families on the tax-efficient accumulation, management and transfer of wealth, particularly in connection with closely held businesses and other valued assets, such as fine art and other collectibles. In addition to an in-depth knowledge of tax law, Elizabeth takes the time to listen and learn about family dynamics and to understand each family’s unique relationship with their wealth so that the resulting plan is tailored to the family’s needs. Elizabeth employs many creative techniques to accomplish her clients' goals, including a variety of trusts, estate freeze transactions, business succession planning, pre- and post-marital planning and charitable planning.

No two families are the same, so no two estate plans should be the same.

Elizabeth also works closely with private foundations and public charities, advising on a wide variety of issues, including grant making, program-related investments, planned giving programs and public-private partnerships. As an extension of her work with nonprofits, Elizabeth also advises social enterprise organizations, such as benefit corporations and low-profit limited liability companies.

Elizabeth has earned a National Association of Estate Planners & Councils Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) Designation.* The AEP® designation is awarded by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils to recognize estate planning professionals who meet stringent requirements of experience, knowledge, education, professional reputation and character.

What Clients Can Expect  

Elizabeth's clients appreciate not just her expertise, but her drive to help create a highly customized plan.

She is a strong, sincere communicator who cares deeply about her clients, their families, their businesses and their charitable initiatives. 

Outside the Office

When not working, Elizabeth takes advantage of everything the District of Columbia metropolitan area has to offer, from nature to museums and beyond, with her husband, twin daughters and dog. 

Proof Points

  • Serves as chair of the Wealth & Succession Planning Group, a part of the firm's Tax Section.
  • Serves as chair of the firm's interdisciplinary Nonprofit Organizations Group.
  • Earned the Martindale-Hubble Peer Review AV (Preeminent) Rating, Martindale-Hubble's highest available mark for professional excellence.
  • Frequent lecturer on topics relating to estate planning, nonprofit organizations and social enterprise.
  • Regular contributor to Bloomberg BNA publications.
  • Honored as Author of the Year by Bloomberg Tax in 2019 for Tax Management Portfolio 815, Planning for Authors, Musicians, Artists, and Collectors
  • Co-author of Tax Management Portfolio 489, Social Enterprise by Non-Profits and Hybrid Organizations
  • Member of the Bloomberg BNA Advisory Board for Estates, Gifts and Trust.
  • TEP (full member) of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), a worldwide professional association for those advising families on wealth, succession and philanthropic planning.
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2021 in the area of Trusts and Estates.

*Attorneys in NY and PA are not permitted the use of the AEP/NAEPC designation on letterhead, websites or signature blocks when communicating with clients.