Zach’s practice focuses on advising individuals, institutional fiduciaries, private wealth managers, and their counsel on matters involving Delaware trusts and estates. 

He regularly works with clients to settle new trusts and to modify existing irrevocable trusts through decantings, mergers, consent modifications, non-judicial settlement agreements, administrative amendments, and judicial reformations.  Additionally, Zach assists clients with the creation and modification of estate plans and the administration of Delaware estates.

Drawing on his knowledge of Delaware trust law and his litigation experience, Zach also advises individuals and fiduciaries in connection with contested and uncontested matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Zach is an active member of the Estates and Trusts Section of the Delaware State Bar Association where he serves as the secretary of the Section and committee chair for the Electronic Wills and Trusts Committee. Zach is also a member of the Delaware Estate Planning Council. In 2020, he graduated with the inaugural class of the Mid-Atlantic Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

He regularly writes on Delaware law developments and serves as Delaware contributor to Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law guide on Estate Tax.

Prior to joining Morris Nichols, Zach worked as an associate in the litigation department of a Delaware law firm and gained experience in financial services as an accountant at a large international facility management company.

News & Insights

  • Article, Delaware Banker Magazine, Spring 2020

    One of the many significant developments in the field of trust lawover the past decade has been the increasing popularity of so called “silent trusts”. The term “silent trust” generally describes an arrangement in which a trustee is prohibited under the terms of a governing instrument from providing information to the trust’s beneficiaries, or where the trustee is relieved from its common law duty to provide information to beneficiaries, so that information is only shared when it’s deemed appropriate.

Professional & Civic

Delaware Estate Planning Council

Delaware State Bar Association (Estates and Trust Law Section, Secretary and Chair of the Electronic Wills and Trusts Committee; Taxation Section)

Mid-Atlantic Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) (Member of Inaugural Class)

Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law (Delaware Estate Tax Contributor)

Uniform Law Commission (Observer, Electronic Wills Drafting Committee)

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, LLM, taxation, with distinction, 2016

Widener University School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 2009
The Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, articles editor, 2009

University of Delaware, BS, Finance and Management, 2001

Admissions

  • Delaware, 2009
  • US District Court for the District of Delaware, 2010
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2010
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