About The Author

Scott Squillace is a life and estate planning attorney with over 28 years of experience practicing law.

He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, New York and Washington D.C. and has been admitted to the Bar in Paris, France as an Avocat. Scott began his practice career as a corporate attorney at Skadden, Arps where he assisted in opening its Paris and Moscow offices in the early 1990’s. During his time at Skadden he did significant private and public company corporate and securities work including business succession planning and international transactional work.

Scott also has significant business counseling experience as an in-house corporate attorney, first as General Counsel for Levi Strauss & Co.’s European Division based in Brussels and later as the first General Counsel for Grand Circle Travel, a privately held Boston based travel company. He also served as European Counsel for Cabot Corporation, a NYSE public company.

As the founder of Squillace & Associates, P.C. – a boutique law firm in Boston’s historic Back Bay – Scott now specializes in life, estate and business planning matters with other attorneys in his firm. He is an Accredited Estate Planner by the National Association of Estate Planning Councils. His focus includes tax, philanthropic and estate planning needs for clients generally and includes international clientele, corporate executives, small business owners, physicians and attorneys. He has a particular focus on helping same sex couples with their unique planning needs. Scott has become nationally recognized for his work planning work with the LGBTQ community and is the author of Whether to Wed: A Legal and Tax Guide for Gay and Lesbian Couples.

Scott was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2014 to serve on a Commission to study needs of the LGBT elder community. He serves on a variety of professional and non-profit boards including the Board of Overseers for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and as a Corporator for Eastern Bank. Scott also serves as Co-Chair of the Equality Fund, an endowment for the LGBT Community established at The Boston Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Boston Estate Planning Council and a Certified Legacy Advisor of The Sunbridge Legacy Institute. He has been a columnist for Practical Estate Planning and lectures and writes frequently on estate and business planning as well as charitable giving strategies and planning for the LGBT community.

He holds his bachelors degree from Fordham University in New York; has studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris and earned his J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

  • The best compliment to a speaker is when an attendee says, ‘I learned something.’ Scott has the ability to break down very confusing and complex topics such as same-sex marriage. The legal and tax implications were evident by the number of people who said, ‘I get it.’

    Catherine Burgess
    Financial Professional, Morgan Stanley

  • As an advisor for LGBT clients, I find myself dizzied by both the complexity of the law surrounding same-sex marriage and by how quickly and constantly that law is changing. Amidst this complex and confusing legal landscape, Scott Squillace stands out as both a uniquely gifted speaker and a uniquely knowledgeable advisor.

    Christopher Perry
    Northern Trust, Senior Fiduciary Officer, Senior Vice President

  • Gay couples across the country long to be married, yet many are unaware of the laws that determine how marriage will affect critical decisions of life and estate planning. Whether to Wed provides answers. Many couples need to trust their decision making and know when to seek expert assistance.

    Judy Bradford
    Ph.D, Director, Fenway Institute, Fenway Community Health Center, Boston, MA

  • Scott weaves together the emotional and practical considerations of partnership, including the option of marriage, in a straightforward but compassionate manner. The book gives a platform for informed discussion between partners. Of equal importance, Scott recognizes that passion and commitment will most likely trump the tax code.

    Pamela Murray
    Senior Vice President, Rockefeller Trust Company

  • There is no better time for a book like this. As more people have the opportunity to even consider marriage, Scott’s knowledge and insights will help gay couples make the best decisions for themselves and their families.

    Catherine D’Amato
    CEO, Greater Boston Food Bank

  • Scott Squillace has a remarkable ability to convey complex, technical information in a way that is understandable and relatable to an audience. He brings warmth and humor to his presentations while delivering the content the audience came to receive.

    Jenna Gomes
    Director of Planned Giving, Cardinal Cushing Centers

  • The combination of Scott’s expertise, compassion, and experience makes him uniquely suited to meet the needs of a wide range of clients. Scott’s thoughtful and comprehensive approach to each client’s needs results in a feeling of pride and accomplishment that is invaluable.

    Anita (Penny) Barker Weeks
    Regional Director, BNY Mellon

  • Scott Squillace is a dynamic and effective speaker with a great depth of experiences and knowledge.  He is a clear leader and frontrunner in the field of gay marriage and the related planning. His relaxed, sociable and collegial style of delivery makes his material easy to understand and easy to digest.

    Richard Becker
    Director, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation

  • As laws in states continue to change, attorney Squillace’s guide, Whether to Wed, provides a state-by-state analysis of the laws affecting same-sex couples. Scott presents his legal and technical guidance in easy to understand terms and leaves issues of the heart to the readers to decide if civil marriage is right for them. His work is the one necessary guide book for any same-sex couple considering marriage.

    Thomas Leavitt
    Director of Development, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders