Deborah M. Baird is an associate at Satterlee Stephens LLP.
Ms. Baird specializes in the areas of taxation and trusts and estates. She is experienced in estate administration, gift tax, estate tax and generation-skipping transfer tax planning and the drafting of wills and trust agreements. She counsels clients on a variety of issues ranging from business succession planning and the valuation issues associated with such planning, to charitable giving and lifetime gifts. Ms. Baird represents corporate and individual fiduciaries in connection with the administration of trusts and estates and advises with respect to the preparation of estate, gift and income tax returns. She is experienced in contested probate proceedings and provides counsel to fiduciaries in estate and gift tax audits before the Internal Revenue Service, addressing such issues as the valuation of works of art, closely-held businesses and other hard-to-value assets.
She also advises in the formation and operation of private foundations and charitable organizations and has assisted several organizations in the process of becoming a public charity.
Ms. Baird earned her undergraduate degree (A.B.) from Smith College, her law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and her master of laws degree (LL.M.) in taxation from New York University.