George has practiced law (and public accounting) for over 25 years, and has substantial experience helping individuals and families with significant net worth arrange their business and personal affairs so as to accomplish their objectives with minimum tax and risk. He has extensive experience drafting ordinary and complex Wills and Trusts, structuring closely-held business and investment entities and arrangements among co-owners and with key employees, implementing family gifting programs utilizing trusts, family partnerships, and life insurance, and planning charitable gifts including charitable remainder and lead trusts, supporting organizations and family foundations. George has a special interest in, as well as substantial experience, assisting owners of closely-held businesses plan for the orderly transition of business ownership to family members, key employees or outsiders. George also helps professionals and other individuals with substantial retirement accounts coordinate their beneficiary designations so as to minimize estate taxes without sacrificing their successors' continued income tax deferral. George is active in the Washington and California Bars, and earned a CPA certificate in Washington and California (now inactive). He graduated magna cum laude in economics and accounting from Claremont McKenna College, and earned law degrees from the University of California at Davis (J.D.) and the University of Florida (LL.M. in Taxation). Prior to founding Smith & Zuccarini, P.S. in 1995, George was a partner in the Northwest regional law firm of Foster Pepper & Shefelman. Before that he worked for Graham & Dunn, in Seattle, and for Touche Ross & Company, a "big eight" public accounting firm (now Deloitte & Touche, PLLC), in that firm's San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. George is Past-President of the East King County Estate Planning Council, is a long-time member of the Seattle Estate Planning Council, and is active in various legal and accounting professional organizations. He speaks and writes frequently for professional and lay audiences on estate planning and business succession topics.