About the Author

Sharon L. Klein

President, Family Wealth, Eastern U.S. Region

As president of Family Wealth in the Eastern U.S. Region, Sharon leads a team of professionals who provide planning, fiduciary, investment management, private banking, and family office expertise. She also heads Wilmington Trust’s National Matrimonial/Divorce Advisory Practice, which provides guidance and resources for attorneys and other trusted advisors to help create fully coordinated service for those impacted by divorce.

Sharon is featured by Forbes in 2020 as one of the Top 200 Women Wealth Advisors in America, and a Best-In-New York Wealth Advisor. Crain’s named Sharon to its 2020 inaugural list of the Most Notable Women in Financial Advice. In 2018 she was honored by the UJA-Federation of New York Lawyers Division for her contributions to the Trusts & Estates community and the community at large. Sharon is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has received the Accredited Estate Planner Designation from the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. Sharon will be inducted into the Estate Planning Hall of Fame in 2021. Sharon is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, she holds a master of laws from the University of California Berkeley Law School and received a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of laws from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

A nationally recognized speaker and author in her field, Sharon has presented for many of the most widely-respected professional organizations in the country, including the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, New York University’s Institute on Taxation, Duke University’s Estate Planning Conference, and Bloomberg BNA’s Tax Management Board. She is frequently featured or quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Estate Planning magazine, Trusts & Estates magazine and Family Lawyer Magazine. Sharon is the author of myriad thought leadership publications and two eBooks on divorce planning considerations for advisors and their clients. Her work in the divorce arena can be found on our Matrimonial and Divorce Advisory Solutions page.

She is a member of the New York Bankers Association Trust & Investment Division Executive Committee, The Rockefeller University Committee on Trust and Estate Gift Plans, the Professional Advisory Council of the Anti-Defamation League, the Estates, Gifts and Trusts Advisory Board for The Bureau of National Affairs and the Thomson Reuters Trusts & Estates Advisory Board. She chairs the Domestic Relations Committee of Trusts & Estates magazine, where she sits on the board; is on the Advisory Board of Family Lawyer Magazine and is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Matrimonial and Estate & Gift Tax Committees.

Sharon is a past chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Trusts, Estates and Surrogate’s Court Committee, and a past chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Trusts and Estates Law Section Taxation Committee. Sharon served on the board of the American Brain Foundation, and was a member of its Finance Committee.

By the Author

Suddenly Single? How Women Can Thrive After Divorce or Spousal Loss

Sharon L. Klein |
Wealth Planning

Aside from being a huge life change personally and emotionally, being divorced or widowed can seem overwhelming from a planning and financial standpoint. The global pandemic has added an extra layer of stress and complexity in navigating a divorce or estate proceedings around court closings and delays, and against the backdrop of a volatile economy.