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Practical Law is looking for a Senior Associate Editor to conduct research, and draft, edit, and publish content for its Trusts & Estates web service. The Senior Associate Editor will:
- Work with Senior Legal Editors and contributing authors to draft, edit, and maintain state-specific trusts and estates resources across jurisdictions. The resources include practice guidance notes, checklists, standard documents, legal updates, and other state-specific legal content in accordance with Practical Law writing style.
- Author and edit state-specific resources for Massachusetts.
- Carry out search trawls of numerous websites and other sources using the software application WebSite-Watcher for current developments and potential topics for legal updates and other state-specific resources for the Trusts & Estates service.
- Edit state-specific trusts and estates resources to conform with Practical Law’s house style and plain English.
- Collaborate with other Practical Law editors on content planning and priorities to meet the practice needs of trusts and estates lawyers, and to identify and develop new high-value resources.
- Help maintain and manage internal progress charts, databases, and folders.
- Stay informed of current developments and issues in trusts and estates nationally and across jurisdictions, to ensure timely updates of existing content and to help develop new content.
- Provide additional editorial support for the Trusts & Estates service as required.
This role can be located in a remote home office location in Massachusetts.
Candidates selected for a second interview will be required to undertake writing and editing samples.
- J.D. required.
- Minimum of three (3) years’ experience working as a Trusts and Estates Attorney in a law firm in Massachusetts.
- A clear focus on trusts and estates matters.
- Actively licensed in Massachusetts.
- Strong academic credentials.
- Significant and broad expertise and practice experience in a variety of trusts and estates matters, optimally including:
- Routine estate planning with wills and revocable trusts, planning with irrevocable trusts, charitable planning, special needs planning, planning for closely-held business owners, routine and complex probate and estate administration matters, preparation of federal estate tax returns (and state, as applicable), preparation of federal gift tax returns, and generation-skipping transfer tax planning.
- Enthusiasm and ambition, with a desire to improve the efficiency of legal services.
- A good understanding of the needs and priorities of trusts and estates attorneys, and the legal market in general.
- Strong communication skills.
- A passion for writing and strong editing skills, including:
- very close attention to detail;
- excellent command of grammar, punctuation and plain English;
- strong technical drafting skills; and
- the ability to write about complex legal issues clearly and simply.
- Self-motivated with excellent management and organizational skills to effectively track productivity and ensure product development milestones are met.
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