Blake G. Betheil’s practice focuses on estate and probate planning and asset protection planning for a wide array of affluent individuals and their businesses. He advises individuals owning significant family wealth or closely held businesses regarding inter-generational transfers of wealth, charitable giving, and transfers of business interests.
Betheil has extensive experience in preparing wills and trusts that allow individuals to control wealth during their lifetimes and to pass it on to family members and charities in a manner that seeks to reduce tax burdens, minimize controversy among family members, and provide succeeding generations with the flexibility to manage assets while protecting the assets from potential creditors.
Betheil also has experience in business planning, including the preparation of partnership agreements, operating agreements, and merger and acquisition documents; in preparing estate and gift tax returns; and in forming and obtaining tax-exempt status for charitable organizations.
Prior to joining Broad and Cassel, Betheil served as a tax and trusts and estates associate in New York, NY. He has handled tax controversies and transactional matters relating to various areas of tax law, including corporate and partnership tax, taxation of debtors’ estates and creditors in bankruptcies, taxation of debt instruments, reorganizations and acquisitions, tax-exempt organization planning, and structuring transactions to obtain tax benefits such as tax credits and grants in lieu of tax credits.
He was also a law clerk for the Vanderbilt University Office of the General Counsel and interned with former Rep. Michael N. Castle in Washington, D.C.
Betheil graduated from the University of Rochester (B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude), Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D.), and New York University School of Law (LL.M., Taxation). While at Vanderbilt University Law School, Betheil served as a Managing Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and received the Editor’s Award for his contributions to the journal. He also served as a member of the Moot Court Board and was a finalist in the intramural Moot Court Competition.
Betheil was a contributing author to the 2008 Report of the New York State Bar Association’s Special Committee on the Civil Rights Agenda, Steps Towards a More Inclusive New York and America.
Betheil is an active member of various professional and community organizations.