Claire N. Carrabba


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Practice Overview

I primarily assist clients with estate planning and estate and trust administration, focusing primarily on the preservation of wealth, minimization of transfer and income taxes, succession planning and the creation of a cohesive estate plan to ensure that clients' wishes are carried out during life and at death.  I work with both individuals and fiduciaries on a variety of discrete and long-term projects. 

One of my areas of focus is advising clients with complicated situations, arising from challenging family relationships, a highly complex estate plan or a difficult estate or trust administration (or sometimes all of the above). 

I consider myself very lucky to love what I do and I derive great pleasure from helping clients successfully navigate stressful planning and administration issues.


Roger Williams Park Zoo, Board Member, 2023-present

Women's Fund of Rhode Island

  • Member, Event Planning Committee, 2024-present
  • Board Member and Treasurer, 2018-2023


American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section, TE Fellow, 2022-2024


Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2013

State of Rhode Island, 2016

State of Florida, 2017

State of Connecticut, 2020


Boston College Law School, J.D.

Northeastern University, B.A.

Contributions to the Field


  • Author, "The Tax-Saving Potential of Gifts and Sales to Family Trusts," Trusts & Estates,, July 2023.
  • Author, “Estate Planning for Non-Residents of Rhode Island,” Rhode Island Weekly, November 2016.


  • "Hidden in Plain Sight: State-Level Estate and Inheritance Taxation Imposed on Non-Residents,” 36th Annual RPTE National CLE Conference, Washington DC, May 2024.
  • "Preparing Estate Tax Returns, Part I," ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law eCLE Webinar, October 2023..
  • “The Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax: Back to Basics,” 35th Annual ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law National CLE Conference, Washington, D.C., May 2023.
  • "An Introduction to the Generation Skipping Transfer Tax," ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law eCLE Webinar, March 2023.
  • "GST Update and Overview," ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Webinar Moderator, October 2022.
  • "Trusts & Estates End of Year Review 2021," Boston Bar Association, June 2021.

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