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Geoffrey Kertesz

Partner, Head of Will and Trust Disputes Team  |  BDB Pitmans

United States (CA)
England and Wales


Administration of estates and trusts
Succession planning
Dispute resolution


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Acting on the trust/estate side of a case involving one of the largest ever divorce awards. It is a multi-jurisdictional matter involving asset tracing and complicated interplay between English, BVI, and Sharia law. Every day there seems to be a different twist and turn, and it is really interesting.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

As a private client adviser, you are a legal counsellor and quite often an emotional counsellor. Do not underestimate how important matters can be to clients, no matter how trivial they may seem to you.

What is your favourite quote?

"Mr Simpson, the state bar forbids me from promising you a big cash settlement. But just between you and me, I promise you a big cash settlement," Lionel Hutz, The Simpsons.