Attorneys
Jennifer Pierce

Jennifer R. Pierce

Member
Email:jpierce@mwlaw.com
Phone:(501) 688.8859
Location: Little Rock
Bar Admissions: Arkansas

Jennifer R. Pierce is a member of the Business Practice Group with over fifteen years of experience. Her focus is on estate, trust and tax matters for individuals, estate and trust administration, as well as entity formation and business planning. Ms. Pierce also advises non-profit and tax-exempt organizations on formation, planning and tax issues.

Experience

  • Extensive experience in estate tax planning for high net worth individuals, succession planning for closely held family businesses, and handling complex probate and trust administration cases. 
  • Prepares estate and gift tax returns and overseeing estate tax audits including buy-sell agreements, partnership/operating/shareholder agreements, real estate purchase agreements and settlement agreements.
  • Counsels clients on choice of entity selections and regularly files QSST and ESBT elections.
  • Utilization of sophisticated wealth transfer and tax planning strategies, such as the use of grantor retained annuity trusts and charitable remainder unitrusts, valuation discount planning, sales to grantor trusts, and life insurance planning, including the use of multi-generational trusts.
  • Advises fiduciaries in all aspects of trust and estate administration, assisting families with the transfer of assets, settling intricate estate and trust matters, obtaining court approved trust modifications and otherwise advising clients with all facets of estate planning. 
  • Routinely works with each client’s accountants, financial advisors, insurance agents, appraisers and lenders to ensure that the client’s estate plan is coordinated in all aspects.
  • Assists clients with a variety of related matters, including premarital agreements, succession planning, charitable planning, real estate matters and asset protection.

Education

  • New York University School of Law LL.M., Taxation (2002)
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law J.D. (2001)
  • Southern Arkansas University B.B.A., Accounting (1998)

Professional Recognition

  • Mid-South Super Lawyers: Rising Star list in Little Rock for Estate Planning & Probate, Tax: Business, and Closely Held Business
  • Best Lawyers: Trust and Estates Law, in Little Rock (2013-2018)
  • Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 Business and Community Leaders (2011)

Involvement

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
  • Member, Arkansas Bar Association, Probate Section and Tax Section
    • Chair, Probate Law Section (2010-2012)
    • Vice Chair, Probate Law Section (2008-2009)
    • Secretary/Treasurer, Probate Law Section (2006-2008)
  • Member, American Bar Association, Taxation Section and Real Property & Trust Section
  • Member, Pulaski County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Little Rock Ambulatory Authority (MEMS) (2014 to present)
  • Board of Directors, Harmony Health Clinic (2014 to present)
  • Member, Junior League of Little Rock
    • Board of Directors (2006-2009)
    • Development Vice President (2008-2009)
    • Treasurer (2007-2008)
    • Treasurer-Elect (2006-2007)
  • Member, Central Arkansas Estate Council (2008 to present)
    • Board of Directors (2008-2017)
  • Board of Directors, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (2009-2015)
  • Board of Directors, Just Communities of Arkansas (2011-2015)
  • Member, VOCALS (Volunteers Organization Center for Arkansas Legal Services)
  • Member, Centers for Youth and Family Planned Giving Advisory Council