About the Author

Jeffrey C. Wolken

Group Vice President and National Director, Delaware Trust Planning

As part of the Wilmington Trust and M&T Emerald Advisory Services® team, 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 JD (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. He 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

Minimizing State Income Tax Using Trusts

Jeffrey C. Wolken |
Emerald GEMs

February 9, 2021, GEM 32 — Many people are familiar with personal trusts because they are common estate planning vehicles. However, a lesser known fact is personal trusts may also be used to minimize state income tax liabilities. By holding your wealth inside a trust, you may limit the ability of your home state to tax the trust’s income. In today’s podcast, National Director of Delaware Trust Planning, Jeff Wolken, discusses the steps you can take to mitigate state income tax.

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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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The Flexibility and Freedom of a Delaware Directed Trust

Carol G. Kroch and Jeffrey C. Wolken |
Wealth Planning
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A planning option when you need a trust, but want to or must maintain control.Many high-net-worth families find that their wealth is concentrated in a particular investment or sector, making estate planning difficult.A trust is an effective vehicle to overcome this obstacle and to transfer wealth to the next generation or to protect assets from creditors.

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