Patricia M. Annino

Patricia Annino Partner

Phone 617-456-8009 Email


Patricia M. Annino is a nationally recognized authority on estate planning and taxation, with more than 25 years experience serving the diverse needs of families, individuals, and owners of closely held businesses. Patricia is Chair of our firm’s Estate Planning and Probate Practice Group. She is also a member of the Media Law Practice Group, representing authors, artists, and musicians in estate planning and probate matters.

She has testified as an expert witness in high-stakes divorce cases where trusts and other inherited assets are at risk. Clients count on her for expertise in inheritance law, trust law, and common law, including real property and intangible property interests. Her opinions have been favorably relied upon by the probate and family court when she has testified.

Patricia has been quoted extensively on estate planning in a wide variety of local and national publications including the Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, Marketwatch,, and Women’s Business Journal. She has acted as the estate planning consultant to the independent investment research provider, Morningstar, and has been interviewed on Bloomberg Television.

Patricia is a frequent public speaker, presenting nationally to high-level donors and trustees of hospitals, museums, and other nonprofits, as well as private banking clients, owners of closely held businesses, and alumni organizations. In addition to speaking to various groups about her book Women and Money, Patricia was interviewed by Family Business Wiki Newsletter in May, 2013. Click here to view the video from that interview. Patricia also writes a monthly column for CPA Insider, a newsletter sent to more than 160,000 CPAs and other wealth managers and advisors.

While earning her master’s degree in taxation at Boston University, she was a member of The Boston University Journal of Tax Law. At Bentley College, she has taught ‘Estate and Gift Taxation’ in the Masters in Taxation program, and ‘Estate Planning’ in the Masters in Financial Planning program.

Patricia also lends her considerable talent and expertise in the practice areas of corporate and media law, making her an invaluable resource to both her colleagues and clients at Prince Lobel.



  • 2014: It’s More Than Money: Protect Your Legacy
  • July 2012: Author of “Will Provisions Pertaining to Literature, Art, Music, and Computer Programs,” an updated chapter in MCLE publication Drafting Wills and Estates in Massachusetts.
  • February 2011: Became a regular contributor to CPA Insider, a monthly e-newsletter published by the American Institute of CPAs. Patricia writes regularly on topics such as estate planning, investment planning, real estate, eldercare, and more.
  • Author of two widely utilized professional texts: Estate Planning in Massachusetts, part of West Publishing Company’s Massachusetts Practice Series, and Taxwise Planning for Aging, Ill, or Incapacitated Clients, published by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
  • Regular contributor to MCLE publications, including the “Federal Gift Tax” chapter in A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Massachusetts and the chapter “Literature, Art, Music and Computer Programs” in the 2012 edition of Drafting Wills and Trusts in Massachusetts. She also wrote “Educating the Client in Estate Planning,” a chapter in the 2009 Thomson Reuters publication New Strategies for Estate Planning: Leading Lawyers on Working with Clients, Updating Traditional Strategies, and Responding to Recent Legal and Economic Developments (Inside the Minds).
  • April 2011: Patricia published her updated edition of Women and Money: A Practical Guide to Estate Planning. This latest edition incorporates the changes to the current laws and provides a wealth of additional information to both educate and empower the reader.
  • 2009: Cracking the $$ Code: What Successful Men Know and You Don’t (Yet)
  • 2009: Women in Family Business: What Keeps You up at Night?
  • 2004: Women & Money, A Practical Guide to Estate Planning


  • August 2016: “Why You Should Review the Funding of Your Clients’ Irrevocable Trusts” – CPA Insider
  • April 2016: “Key Questions to Ask the Family Business Owner who Plans to Sell” – CPA Insider
  • March 2016: “3 Steps Clients with Kids in College Need to Take” – CPA Insider
  • March 2016: “What to do When a Client Wants to Give an LLC or Limited Partenrship Unit to Charity” – CPA Insider
  • February 2016: “Don’t Let Our Clients Miss Out on the IRD Deduction” – CPA Insider
  • October 2015: “Don’t let Clients Overlook These Key Estate Planning Issues” – CPA Insider
  • September 2015: “Charitable Bailouts Can Save Your C Corporation Clients Big on Taxes” – CPA Insider
  • July 2015: “Avoid these Errors on the Federal Gift Tax Return” – CPA Insider
  • June 2015: “Clients divorcing? Be sure to handle these estate planning details” – CPA Insider
  • June 2015: “Avoid These Common Mistakes When Preparing a Federal Estate Tax Return” CPA Insider
  • April 2015: “Ensure That Your Client’s Trusts Don’t Endanger Their Corporations’ S Status” CPA Insider
  • March 2015: “Why Focus on Estate Planning?” CPA Insider
  • February 2015: “Help your Clients Choose the Right Beneficiaries” CPA Insider
  • December 2014: “How CPAs Can Help Clients Address the No. 1 Planning Obstacle” CPA Insider
  • October 2014: “Boilerplate Trust Clauses” – Journal of Accountancy
  • October 2014: “Estate planning for the 99%”CPA Insider
  • September 2014: “Common Post-ATRA Estate Planning Mistakes” CPA Insider
  • July 2014: “The Importance of Boilerplate Trust Clauses: Sterling, the Clippers, and Incapacit”CPA Insider
  • June 2014: “Challenges to Advising Clients in Late-Life Marriages” – CPA Insider
  • March 2014: “Portability vs. Credit Shelter Trust: Which Should Your Clients Use?” – CPA Insider
  • February 2014: “Strategies to Strengthen the Accountant/Attorney Team” – CPA Insider
  • January 2014: “Planning at the Intersection of Income and Estate Taxes” – CPA Insider
  • December 2013: “Understanding the Pitfalls and Risks of Irrevocable Trusts” – CPA Insider
  • November 2013: “Decanting Trusts” – SumNews, the magazine of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs
  • September/October 2013: “What to Consider When You’re Asked to Serve as a Trustee” – CPA Insider
  • August 2013: “CPAs as Trusted Advisors: Helping Clients Through Disruptive Life Events” – CPA Insider
  • July 2013: “Modern Reproductive Options Are Creating Interesting New Wrinkles in the Estate Planning Process” – CPA Insider
  • June 2013: “Family Business Succession Planning for the “Lost Generation” – CPA Insider
  • May 2013: “Pros and Cons of Guardianships for Parents of Impaired Adults” – CPA Insider
  • April 2013: “Estate Planning Trends You Need to Know About” – CPA Insider
  • March 2013: “For-Profit Philanthropy: Has its Time Come?” – Wealth Management Insider
  • February 2013: “What Do You Mean Irrevocable? I Want to Amend That Trust” – Wealth Management Insider
  • January 2013: “But Mom and Dad Promised Me Their Entire Estate … or at Least Their Home” – Wealth Management Insider
  • December 2012: Year-End Reasons to Give to Charity: Charitable Milestones Offer Inspiration – Wealth Management Insider
  • November 2012: “Understanding the Systems Perspective When Running a Family Business” – Wealth Management Insider
  • November 2012: “Estate Planning For An Unpredictable Future” – Wealth Management Insider
  • October 2012:”Four Trends in Estate Planning” – Wealth Management Insider
  • September 2012: “Now is the Time to make Tax-Free Gifts” – Client Alert
  • August 2012: “Why it Pays to Consider a Congruency Audit” – Wealth Management Insider
  • July 2012: “Four Common Estate Planning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them” – Women in Medicine Bulletin
  • July 2012: “Long-term Care Insurance Regardless of Your Client’s Net Worth” – Wealth Management Insider
  • June 2012: “You Are Challenging My Will – But I’m Not Dead Yet!” – Wealth Management Insider
  • May 2012: “Understanding the Basics Behind Organ and Tissue Donations” – Wealth Management Insider
  • April 2012: “Estate Planning for Valuable Art” – Wealth Management Insider
  • March 2012: “Gifting Ownership of a Vacation House: A Gift or a Curse? – Wealth Management Insider
  • February 2012: “Does Your Client Have a Beneficiary With a Substance Abuse Problem?” – Wealth Management Insider
  • January 2012: “Is Your Estate Planning in Better Shape Than Stieg Larsson’s? Nine New Year’s Resolutions You and Your Clients Can’t Do Without” – Wealth Management Insider


  • Boston University, LL.M., Taxation, 1982
  • Suffolk University, J.D., 1981
  • Smith College, A.B., 1978

bar admission

  • Massachusetts

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trust & Estate Lawyers
  • Purposeful Planning Institute


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
    Fellow, American College of Trust and Estates Counsel (ACTEC)
  • 2013: Received a “Top Women in Law” recognition by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • 2012: Received Euromoney Legal Media’s “Best in Wealth Management” Award
  • 2011-2012: President, Suffolk University Law School Alumni Association
  • 2011-present: Council Member, Women’s Philanthropy Institute
  • 2011: Recognized in Arrive magazine as one of the “Top-Rated Women Lawyers in the Northeast” in the field of Trusts & Estates/Wills & Probate
  • 2010-2012: Board of Directors, Suffolk University Law School
  • 2010-present: Named an expert in the field of Trusts and Estates in Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides
  • 2010-2012: Board of Directors, Boston Estate Planning Council
  • 2009-2012: Selected as one of the top 50 female lawyers in Massachusetts in Boston magazine’s “Super Lawyers” poll
  • 2009: Recipient of Suffolk University Law School’s “Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award”
  • 2008-present: Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, New England’s Best Lawyers, and Boston’s Best Lawyers (Woodward/White) in the field of Trusts and Estates
  • 2007: Named “Estate Planner of the Year” by her peers in the Boston Estate Planning Council
  • 2004-present: Named a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” in the area of Estate Planning & Probate


  • Family Firm Institute, Inc. Board of Directors
  • New England Baptist Hospital’s Philanthropy Committee
  • Boston Estate Planning Council Board of Directors
  • Cotting School Medical and Senior Advisory Board
  • Winchester Hospital, Chair of the Winchester Hospital
  • Professional Advisory Committee, Director of the Board of the Winchester Hospital Foundation Inc., and a Corporator of Winchester Healthcare Management Inc.
  • President of the Suffolk Law School Alumni Association
  • Former member of Suffolk University Board of Visitors and Suffolk Law School Dean’s Advisory Council
  • Member Smith College President’s Council and its Center for Women and Financial Independence
  • Former president of the Alumni President’s Council of Independent Secondary Schools
  • Past president of Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart alumnae association


October 2015: Featured Speaker at Family First Institute’s 28th Annual Global Conference.
May 2015: Featured Speaker at the New York State Society of CPAs Estate Planning Conference
April 2015: “Women, Wealth, and Longevity” – guest speaker at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
November 2014: “The 10 Best Tax Planning Ideas for 2014” – speaker and panelist at the American Institute of CPAs conference
October 2014: Guest speaker at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Wealth Management Seminars
October 2014: Featured speaker at Century Bank 45 Year Celebration
October 2014: “Family Enterprise: Complexities, Constituencies and Constellations” – speaker at at The Family Firm Institute’s 2014 Global Conference
October 2014: “Working Today, Planning for Tomorrow” – speaker to faculty and staff at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
September 2014: “Women and Philanthropy: The Bottom Line for Planned Giving” – speaker at BNY Mellon 2014 Client Conference
September 2014: Featured speaker at New Hampshire Estate Planning Council Dinner Meeting
June 2014: Keynote speaker at Suffolk University Frost Society Luncheon
May 2014: “Conversations in Philanthropy” – speaker and panelist
May 2014: “Smart Women, Smart Money” – speaker to faculty and staff at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
May 2014: “New Trends in Estate Planning” at New York State Society of CPAs Annual Estate Planning Conference
April 2014: “Strategic Phases of Philanthropy” at U.S. Trust Private Wealth Management Event
April 2014: “Gift Options for Complex Assets” at State Street Global Advisors 2014 Annual Gift Planning Conference
March 2014: “Working Today, Planning for Tomorrow” – speaker to faculty and staff at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
February 2014: “Women and Money” at Italian Home for Children
January 2014: “The Strategic Phases of Philanthropy: A Conversation about Giving across Generations” – speaker and co-host at U.S. Trust event
November 2013: “Understanding the Estate Planning Needs of Families and Owners of Closely Held Companies” – featured speaker at Partnership of Philanthropic Planning of Rhode Island
November 2013: Speaker and Panelist at 2013 AICPA Sophisticated Tax Planning Conference
October 2013: Full Day Presentation to Museum of Fine Arts Members and Donors
October 2013: “Family Secrets and Ghosts: Becoming a Beacon of Hope in the Fog”: Family Firm Institute 2013 Conference
September 2013: Featured speaker at Citi Private Bank’s Women’s Series
September 2013: “Women and Money”: Presentation to Donors at Boston Children’s Hospital
September 2013: “Women and Money” at Hebrew Senior Life
August 2013: “Practical Tips and Strategies to Attain Congruent Planning”: Purposeful Planning Institute 2013 Rendezvous
July 2013: “A Conversation About Women & Money With Patricia M. Annino and Derek Sanderson”
June 2013: “Estate Administration in Massachusetts” at Boston Tax Institute
May 2013: “Understanding the Changing Tax Laws to Maximize Your Family and Charitable Goals” – presentation to Mass General Hospital physicians and donors
May 2013: “Wine, Women & Wealth”: Presentation to Graduates of Greater Boston Catholic Schools for Girls
May 2013: “Continuity Governance – Succession Planning for the Family”: American Families Business Conference 2013
March 2013: “Planning for Art and Collectibles”: Museum of Fine Arts Wealth Management Seminar
January 2013: “Understanding Philanthropy in a Changing Time”: Presenter at New England Baptist Hospital Trustee Retreat
December 2012: “The Ethics Behind Estate Planning”: Webinar for West Legal Education Center
November 2012: “A Woman’s World: Thoughtful Year-End Planning”: Panelist at Brown Advisory Program
September 2012: The Friday Forum: “Engaging the Philanthropic Community”
September 2012: Business Family Governance Training: Faculty Member at Business Families Foundation Training Program
September 2012: “She Makes Change”: Three-Part Online Conference Presented by Women’s Philanthropy Institute
September 2012: “The Legal Aspects of Organ and Tissue Donation”: Webinar for West Legal Education Center
June 2012: Guest Speaker at Winchester Hospital Advisory Council: “Women & Money: A Practical Guide to Estate Planning”
May 2012: Featured Speaker at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Program: “Women & Money: A Practical Guide to Estate Planning”
May 2012: Featured Speaker at Union Club’s “Women of Distinction” Series
April 2012: Moderator at The Americas Families in Business Conference: “Risk Management For Business-Owning Families”
April 2012: Speaker at State Street Global Advisors 2012 Annual Gift Planning Conference
March 2012: Featured Presenter at Museum of Fine Arts Wealth Management Seminar
March 2012: Moderator at Prince Lobel seminar, “Hidden Employment Traps for the Business Owner”
March 2012: Guest Speaker at Winchester Hospital’s Winton Club Business Meeting
January 2012: Webinar: “Estate Planning for the Non-Traditional Family”