Sarah M. Waelchli


  • 617-557-9733
  • 617-227-0781
  • 75 State Street
  • Boston, MA 02109

Sarah M. Waelchli


  • 617-557-9733
  • 617-227-0781
  • 75 State Street
  • Boston, MA 02109

Practice Focus

Sarah M. Waelchli works with families and individuals in the areas of estate planning, probate, and trust administration. She works with clients to develop and implement sophisticated plans that are uniquely tailored to their personal and financial goals.

Sarah maintains a broad-based practice that covers all aspects of estate and individual planning, including sophisticated wealth transfer strategies, multi-generational estate planning designs, and charitable giving techniques. She works with different generational levels of many families, helping to develop and implement strategies for all stages in life. Her practice covers varied issues ranging from family loans to long-term trusts for descendants to strategies to resolve trust matters.

Representative Experience

Sarah’s clients include families and individuals throughout New England, including multi-generational family trusts. Her counsel includes:

  • Developing tax efficient wealth transfer strategies for families and individuals which minimize estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes
  • Administration of estates of varying sizes, including large, complex estates
  • Advising trustees on legal and practical aspects of trust administration

Activities and Publications

  • Contributing author, Practical Guide to Estate Planning, published by CCH, Inc. (2014 – present)
  • Former Co-chair, CLE Committee of the Trusts & Estates Section, Boston Bar Association (2018-2020)
  • Member, Annual Meeting Steering Committee, Boston Bar Association (2019)
  • Former Co-chair, Tax Law Updates Committee, Trusts & Estates Section, Boston Bar Association (2016 – 2018)
  • "Quick Guide to Planned Giving Options" (2019)
  • When Your Child Turns 18: A Checklist of Legal Documents for Parents and Students” (2020)
  • Co-chair, Boston Bar Foundation presentation “5&5 Powers, Crummey Powers, and Other Concepts No One Really Understands” (2010)
  • “Leveraging Interest-Free Loans: Plan Now to Help Donors Save When the New Tax on Investment Income Takes Effect” (2010)

Community Involvement

  • Co-chair, Families with Children Neighborhood, Temple Emanu-el (Marblehead) 
  • Clerk, Hadley School Parent Teacher Organization

Sarah Waelchli’s Thoughts on Working with Trusts and Estate Planning Clients

“As an estate planning lawyer, I develop creative solutions to issues that often hit very close to home. I value working closely with clients to get a better understanding of their priorities. I take great satisfaction in delivering sophisticated estate plans that both meet my client’s financial goals and reflect their personal values and intentions.”


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