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Marion Hancock Fish

Marion Hancock Fish


P: (315) 565-4500 (ext. 4521)
F: (315) 565-4600

Marion Hancock Fish is a partner in the Trusts & Estates, Family Business Succession Planning, Tax, Corporate and Elder Law & Special Needs Practices. She focuses her practice on representing clients in matters involving estate planning, transfer-of-wealth tax issues, family business planning and succession, charitable giving, not-for-profit law and elder law and special needs administration. Ms. Fish works with clients to develop comprehensive plans, and manages the implementation of these plans for effective and efficient estate and trust funding and administration, using a team approach to address all aspects of estate and tax planning, and administration. 

Having worked with numerous family business owners, Ms. Fish has a significant level of experience developing plans for successful business transition to minimize transfer tax costs and to position businesses for continued success. She also partners with other professionals, including accountants, financial planners, corporate trustees and business valuation experts, both locally and nationally. Ms. Fish works with those professionals to address matters such as business valuation; retirement planning; life insurance; estate, gift and income tax planning; and tax audit matters. 

  • Assisted the founder of a rapidly-expanding national company to protect assets and transfer wealth with minimal tax costs employing techniques such as multiple grantor-retained annuity trusts, the formation of a family-owned limited liability company, and generation-skipping transfer trusts, including Delaware trust planning.
  • Implemented plans for a family business owner to transfer holdings to the next generation, utilizing the recently increased federal gift tax exemption and favorable expert valuation of a family-owned business. Ms. Fish continues to advise the owners on the new management structure, positioning the business for continued success.
  • Provided guidance to a regional charitable organization relating to the management of a $50 million bequest, including the formation of new related entities and the development of comprehensive policies for ongoing stewardship of the funds received.
  • Successfully resolved several estate and gift tax audits involving various multimillion-dollar family-owned businesses in a variety of industries such as energy, commercial real estate, and construction.
  • Represented the outside member of a family business to maximize the client’s interest relating to the settlement of the deceased parents’ estates (valued in excess of $25 million).
  • Rated, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected, New York - Upstate, Super Lawyers (2008-2018)
  • Recipient, Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, The Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County (2015)
  • Recipient, The Spirit of Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award, The Junior League of Syracuse (2013)
  • Recipient, Woman Who Mean Business Award, The American Red Cross (2011)
  • Fellow and Board of Directors Member, New York State Bar Foundation, Inc.
  • Member, Estate Planning Council of Central New York, Inc.
  • Member, Syracuse University College, Thursday Morning Roundtable
  • Member, Onondaga Citizens League
  • Member, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Board of Directors
  • Member, John Ben Snow Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Past Chair, New York State Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section
  • Past Chair, New York State Bar Association, Committee on Attorney Professionalism
  • Past Member, New York State Bar Association, 2012 Task Force on Non-Lawyer Ownership of Law Firms
  • Past President, Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Central New York Community Foundation, Inc.
  • Past Chair, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Foundation, Inc.
  • Past Chair, Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York, Inc.
  • Past Board of Governors Member, The Century Club, Syracuse
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Syracuse University College of Law and University College
  • Estate Planning Council of CNY, "Private Foundations vs. Donor Advised Funds - When to Use Which" (March 2012)
  • New York State Bar Association, "Technology in Your Practice: Trends, Tools and Ethics Rules" Program Chair (January 2012)
  • New York State Bar Association, "Engagement Letters (billing practices)" Roundtable Moderator (Fall 2011)
  • Hancock Estabrook Higher Education Conference, “Bricks, Mortar and Money: Development in the Higher Education Setting” (Spring 2011)
  • Catholic Diocese of Syracuse Business Managers, “Your Gaming Operations: Don’t Leave it to Chance” (Spring 2011)
  • Onondaga County Bar Association, Century Club of Syracuse, Alliance Bank Wealth Management Team, “The New Estate and Gift Tax Laws Under the 2010 Tax Relief Act: Don’t Blink” (Spring and Summer 2011) 
  • New York State Bar Association, "Dealing with Your Client's Retirement Assets" (2009)
  • New York State Bar Association, "Guardian ad Litem Training” (2009)
  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1980
  • Wesleyan University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1976
  • New York
  • United States District Court (NDNY)