Nancy E. Dempze


  • 617-557-9726
  • 617-227-0781
  • 75 State Street
  • Boston, MA 02109

Nancy E. Dempze


  • 617-557-9726
  • 617-227-0781
  • 75 State Street
  • Boston, MA 02109

Practice Focus

Nancy Dempze serves as a professional trustee, executor and estate planner for individuals and families. Nancy also represents nonprofits in connection with planned giving and development. Nancy helps clients develop and implement tax-efficient, wealth-transfer strategies for a variety of complex assets in ways that are consistent with client's overall goals and values. Her counsel includes:

  • Developing tax efficient wealth transfer strategies for family businesses, concentrated stock positions, private equity and hedge fund interests and art and other collectibles
  • Planning for family lands, including trusts, QPRTs, family LLCs and conservation easements
  • Charitable giving including charitable trusts, foundations and gift agreements
  • Inter-family loans
  • Gifting strategies including trusts, GRATs, sales to IDGTs, and gifts for tuition and health care
  • Estate plans and special needs trusts for incapacitated or disabled individuals
  • Administration of estates of varying sizes, including large, complex estates
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Guardianships and conservatorships

Her training and experience as an oncology nurse, leadership in land conservation work, and service on nonprofit boards has made Nancy more sensitive to the needs and perspectives of her clients.


  • Fellow, American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America List
  • Named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers List

Activities and Publications

A frequent lecturer, publisher and leader on issues important to the practice and her clients, Nancy’s service includes:

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Massachusetts Committee Member
  • Boston Bar Association, past Co-Chair of Trust and Estates Section, Pro Bono Committee, Trust and Estates Section, and New Developments Committee
  • Boston Probate and Estate Planning Forum, former Moderator and Program Chair
  • Presenter on estate planning and charitable giving for the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the Federal Tax Institute and the Boston Bar Association
  • Author of numerous articles and chapters in reference books:
    • Duties and liabilities of a personal representative chapter in the Massachusetts Probate Manual 
    • A chapter on taxation law and conservation gifts in the MCLE publication Massachusetts Environmental Law (2016, updated 2019)
    • Charitable giving chapter in the textbook Practical Estate Planning
    • "Guide to Charitable Planning" in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Impact Series (November 2018)
    • "The Disappearing 60% Deduction - New Charitable Giving Limits are Not as Generous as They Appear," published in Taxation of Exempts and Practical Tax Strategies, Thomson Reuters' Publications 

Community Involvement

Nancy is active in her community, Westwood, and in organizations across Massachusetts. Recent involvement includes:

  • Trustee, Boston Museum of Science, Chair of its Planned Giving Committee, Chair Washburn Society, Finance Committee, Advancement Committee
  • Honorary Trustee, Old Sturbridge Village, Past Chair of its Investment Committee
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Manomet (formerly Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences), Investment Committee, Development Committee, Executive Committee
  • Past President and current Vice President, Westwood Land Trust

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