Kenneth R. Hillier


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J.D. — University of Michigan Law School, 1992
B.A. — University of California, Berkeley, 1986

Ken Hillier is a partner at Folger Levin and chair of its Estate Planning Practice Group. Ken’s practice focuses on all areas of estate planning, trust formation, and trust administration, including preparation of wills, creation of revocable and irrevocable trusts, tax analyses of estate, gift, and generation-skipping, charitable planning, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial property agreements; and probate administration.

In addition to extensive work in all areas of estate planning and trust formation, Ken has significant experience in various business transactions, including entity formation, mergers and acquisition, and tax matters. Ken is able to draw upon this background to be of particular service on issues involving the intersection of estate planning and general business transactions, such as wealth transfer techniques.

Ken graduated from the University of Michigan Law School (cum laude) in 1992 and was a member of the Michigan Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1986. He is a member of the California Bar.

  • Estate Planning
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    Estate Planning

    [/av_textblock] [/av_three_fourth][av_two_fifth] [av_textblock] The attorneys in our Estate Planning Practice Group provide counsel on all aspects of estate planning, including trust formation, charitable planning and trust and estate administration to individuals and families. In devising creative, appropriate and cost-effective plans to meet our clients’ unique estate planning goals, we draw upon not only our understanding of the laws governing estates and trusts, but also our extensive experience in dealing with issues of taxation, wealth transfer techniques, business transactions, and charitable planning. The range of matters in which we have represented clients include preparing inter vivos revocable and irrevocable trusts, wills, and related documents. We have substantial expertise pursuing sophisticated wealth transfer techniques, including grantor retained annuity trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts and sales to grantor trusts, and have helped clients meet long-term investment and business goals through formation of limited partnerships and limited liability companies. We also assist clients with life insurance planning, enabling clients to protect life insurance proceeds from estate taxes through the use of irrevocable trusts. [/av_textblock] [/av_two_fifth][av_two_fifth] [av_textblock] Our attorneys provide estate administration services in both probate and non-probate settings for large, complex estates; advise clients with respect to charitable giving both during the client’s life and by testamentary bequest (including assisting clients in creating tax-exempt private foundations and similar charitable entities); draft and negotiate premarital and postmarital agreements; and team with our litigation attorneys to represent clients in probate and trust litigation matters. We also apply our expertise on trust matters and charitable issues on behalf of public charities, private foundations, banks and trust companies. [/av_textblock] [/av_two_fifth][av_one_fifth] [av_textblock ] Areas Of Focus [/av_textblock] [av_textblock]
    • Comprehensive Estate Planning
    • Revocable & Irrevocable Trusts
    • Taxation
    • Wealth Transfer
    • Charitable Planning
    • Entity Formation
    • Life Insurance Planning
    • Pre-Marital Agreements
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    "I have worked with Folger Levin attorneys for over two decades. I respect them for their legal abilities, their judgment, their sensitivity and their integrity in representing me and my family's interests. I appreciate as well the consistent outreach by the firm and its individual members to support quality of life issues in our diverse community."
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