Chris Carlson is an estate planning, estate and trust administration and business planning lawyer. As a founding partner of Gilmore Rees & Carlson, Chris brings over 40 years of planning perspective to his clients. His vision to create an estate planning firm that had all of the experience and resources of the large downtown firms, without the high fees and in a convenient, suburban location, was the starting point for today’s service-centered, thriving practice. Before co-founding Gilmore Rees & Carlson PC, Chris was a senior partner at Hale and Dorr (now known as WilmerHale) in Boston.
Chris’ practice focuses on providing sophisticated estate planning and administration advice to individuals, their families and the owners of closely held businesses. His personalized and detailed approach to the law helps clients identify and achieve personal and financial goals through a variety of effective estate and trust vehicles.
As a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council since 1976, Chris served on the Board of Directors from 1987 to 1991, and has also served over the years on a number of other Committees, including the Program Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Estate Planner of the Year Committee. He has also served as member of the Steering Committee of the Boston Estate Planning and Probate Forum, and has been a long time member of the Estate Planning Curriculum Advisory Committee for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education/New England Law Institute, Inc. He has also been a lecturer on law in the Graduate Tax program at the Boston University School of Law, and a speaker at the Colby College Estate Planning and Tax Institute.
Chris, who is a cum laude graduate of both Amherst College and Harvard Law School, has been very active in Amherst alumni affairs, serving for many years as a volunteer consultant to the Development Office, writing and editing publications on estate planning and planned giving, and presenting estate planning seminars to Amherst alumni and faculty.
In his free time, Chris enjoys being active by running and hiking, and playing tennis, paddle tennis and golf. He also spends time reading and following meteorology, an interest which he has pursued since childhood; he has maintained daily weather records, and copies of daily weather maps, since 1961. Chris meets with clients in the firm’s Wellesley office.