Deb Manus is co-managing partner of the Firm and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.
Deb focuses her practice on estate and trust administration and estate planning for high net worth individuals and families. Deb has extensive experience settling complex estates, helping clients structure large, tax-efficient gifts and implementing other planning techniques to reduce transfer taxes. Deb also assists clients with pre-nuptial planning and helps clients accomplish their philanthropic goals, advising on lifetime and testamentary gifts to public charities, private foundations and charitable trusts.
Deb serves as trustee of a significant number of private trusts. She is also a principal of Nutter Investment Advisors, LLC, which provides investment advisory services to trusts, individuals, foundations and retirement plans.
Deb is a member of the Boston Bar Association Council, the Boston Bar Association's Trusts and Estates Steering Committee and serves as one of two Boston Bar Association representatives on the ad hoc committee formed by the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association to recommend proposed revisions to the Commonwealth’s current elective share legislation. In that capacity, Deb is a frequent presenter on the topic of proposed changes to the Massachusetts elective share statute. In 2012 and 2013, Deb has served on the Steering Committees of the Boston Bar Association’s Annual Law Day Dinner and co-chaired the Steering Committee for the Boston Bar Association’s 2012 Annual Meeting. Deb is a member of the Boston Bar Foundation's Society of Fellows.
Deb is a member of the Boston Probate and Estate Planning Forum.
Deb serves as a member of the Board of Directors and first vice president of the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association, which operates a natural science museum, aquarium and two observatories on Nantucket and offers natural science related programming throughout the year to people of all ages. She is a member of the New England Aquarium board of overseers.
Deb is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Cornell Law Association.
Deb co-authored “Strategies For Paying The Estate Tax That is Due” in MCLE’s A Practical Guide to Estate Planning, She is also a contributing author of MCLE’s Massachusetts Probate Manual (Chapter 2, “Pre Probate Considerations”) and MCLE’s Massachusetts Basic Practice Manual (Chapter 4, “The Probate and Administration of Estates in Massachusetts”.)