Education & Practice
Ms. Chapman joined Faulkner Banfield in 1988 after graduating from the University of Oregon, School of Law. Ms. Chapman focuses her practice on complex estate planning, business succession planning, elder law, charitable giving, and probate and trust litigation. Ms. Chapman also advises small to medium-sized businesses on matters relating to business structure, retirement planning and local and state taxes. She has represented clients in administrative proceedings on matters involving state taxes, including fisheries taxes.
Ms. Chapman provides a common sense approach to gift, estate and business succession planning. Her practice includes preparing wills, trusts, including Alaska asset protection trusts, life insurance trusts, community property agreements and other sophisticated estate planning techniques. She advises clients on long-term care and special needs planning, guardianships, and prepares special needs trusts, income only trusts, Miller trusts and utilizes other planning techniques. She assists clients with probate and trust administration and has represented both fiduciaries and beneficiaries in contested probate and trust disputes.
Ms. Chapman participates in revising and drafting new Alaska trust laws and testifies frequently on these laws in the Alaska Legislature. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of estate planning, special needs planning and long-term care planning.
Ms. Chapman holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbel Law Directory and is listed in Super Lawyers of Alaska.
Recent Professional Presentations & Articles
“Alaska Law Recent Developments, Trusts, Estates and Business Entities,” American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel Western Region Meeting (Oregon, 2015)
“An Alaska Guide to Decanting, a Trustee’s Tool to Modify an Irrevocable Trust” (co-authored with Christopher Walker and Maribeth Conway), Alaska Chapter Meeting, American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel (2014)
“Real Property Basics and Alaska Law Update for Trusts & Estates,” American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel Western Region Meeting (California, 2013)
Blattmachr, Chapman, Gans & Shaftel, “New Alaska Law Will Enhance Nationwide Estate Planning,” Vol. 40, Estate Planning (Sept. & Oct. 2013)
“Decanting: A Remedial Tool to Preserving Needs Based Assistance,” National Institute on Aging (Boston 2011)
Admitted to Practice
Ms. Chapman was elected as a fellow to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and currently serves as the state chair for the Alaska chapter. (www.actec.org).
She is the past President of the Alaska Bar Foundation Board of Trustees and is the past chair of the Alaska Bar Association Estate Planning and Probate Section.
Ms. Chapman is a member of NAELA, the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, as well as the Southeast Alaska Estate Planning Council.
She is currently a member of the Alaska Bar Association Fee Arbitration Committee.
Ms. Chapman has been actively involved with numerous nonprofits in Alaska and is a past president of the Alaska Chapter of the American Red Cross. Ms. Chapman currently is a trustee on the Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation Board. Ms. Chapman devotes her time to assisting clients on a pro-bono basis through Alaska Legal Services.
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