About the Author

Jeffrey C. Wolken

National Director, Delaware Trust Planning

Jeff is responsible for developing trust planning strategies for wealthy individuals and families throughout the United States and abroad. He works closely with his clients’ legal, tax, and investment advisors to construct and implement appropriate trust structures that take advantage of the state of Delaware’s unique trust and tax laws.

Prior to joining Wilmington Trust in 2005, Jeff spent seven years in private legal practice as a member of the Estates and Trusts Practice Group of the Philadelphia-headquartered law firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP.

Jeff earned his J.D. (summa cum laude) and MBA (with honors) from Syracuse University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Northwestern University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Jeff is a frequent lecturer on topics involving the use of Delaware trusts for asset protection, state income tax minimization, and investment management for unique trust assets.

Jeff is admitted to the practice of law in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. He is a member of the Estates and Trusts Section of the Delaware State Bar Association and the Real Property, Trust & Estate Section of the American Bar Association.


By the Author

Video: Why the First State Remains the Top Choice for Personal Trusts

Jeffrey C. Wolken |
Wealth Planning
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Delaware was the first state to pioneer many innovative trust laws, but the competition for trusts is fierce among the states. Wilmington Trust’s National Director, Delaware Trust Planning Jeff Wolken, sits down with Editor in Chief of Trusts & Estates magazine, Susan Lipp, at the 54th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning to share his insights on how Delaware sets itself apart from other states.Please see important disclosures at the end of the video.

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No Other State Matches the Delaware Advantage in Trust Law

Jeffrey C. Wolken |
Wealth Planning
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The facts show Delaware is a top jurisdiction for personal trusts with its flexible laws, a robust trust infrastructure, and a depth of talented professionals who serve this industry. While promoting their own trust services, other states at times present subjective information as fact, which can be misleading.Practitioners looking to find the right home for their clients’ personal trusts choose Delaware to take advantage of its favorable laws.

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Webinar: Delaware Trust Advantages for Business Owners

Jeffrey C. Wolken |
My Business
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Wilmington Trust and Family Business Magazine hosted a Delaware trust advantage for business owners webinar on October 10, featuring our own Alvina Lo and Jeff Wolken. The webinar provided a comprehensive look at the special challenges business owners face in structuring estate plans due to their needs for control, flexibility, asset protection, and confidentiality—and how a Delaware trust can be an excellent way to help address these important issues.

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