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Rutland, VT Estate Planning Attorney | John C

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1982, Admitted to Practice in France (as Conseil Juridique et Fiscal); 1995, Vermont.;

Author: “French Tax and Business Law Guide, ” Thomsaon Reuters Editions Francis Lefebvre, loose leaf service updated monthly, 1984-present;

“Etats-Unis, ” Editions Francis Lefebvre, 6th and previous editions, January 1998 “International Series Francis Lefebvre, France, ” 2nd and previous editions, March, 1995;

Member, Vermont Bar Association Since 1995; American Immigration Lawyers Association Since 2004; Selected by Peers for Inclusion in the 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America;

Languages: French and Spanish;

Education: Ohio University (B.A. with honors, 1971); Georgetown University Law Center (J.S., 1975; LL.M., Taxation, 1987).


John C. Newman was born on May 31, 1950, into a US Air Force family, which explains his nomadic, international background. During his undergraduate law studies at Georgetown University, he worked in the Department of Justice Antitrust Division on US vs. IBM. Also while at Georgetown, he spent 12 months in Latin America learning Spanish. He was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1976. After practicing in the criminal courts of the District of Columbia for three years to gain some trial experience, in 1979 he moved to Paris where he wrote a book on French business law, published as the French Tax and Business Law Guide, a loose-leaf service that he still updates, published by Editions Francis Lefebvre, Paris, and Thomson Reuters, London. After six years of practicing tax law in France, he moved to Virginia, received his LLM in Taxation from Georgetown in 1986, and became a member of the Virginia Bar. John carried some of his client base from France, and he operated his own “boutique law practice” as an attorney in different law firms in Washington, D.C., from 1985 to 1995. During that time, he published two 500-page law manuals, one in French on U.S. tax and business law, and one in English on French tax and business law. In March 1995 he followed his family to Vermont where he broadened his international estate planning practice into a general tax and estate practice for larger net-worth individuals and continued his inbound investor immigration work. John is fluent in French and Spanish. He regularly works with matters in Bermuda, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom.

Probate Administration:

John is an active participant in modernizing Vermont’s probate administration rules. He was on the Probate Rules Committee, and he still is on the E-Filing Committee for the Vermont courts. He actively participated in adopting the Uniform Trust Code in Vermont, recommending the drafting changes to 14A VSA Chapter 8, “Duties and Powers of Trustees.” He has written extensively on probate issues for the Vermont Bar Journal: “Top Pitfalls in Preparing Lady Bird Johnson Deeds” and “Tax and Medicaid Planning Aspects of the Standard Vermont Estate Plan.”


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