Briele focuses her practice on estate planning, trust and estate administration and business succession planning. She counsels individuals, families, surviving spouses, domestic partners, closely held business owners, and fiduciaries on all aspects of estate and succession planning as well as trust and estate administration. Briele helps clients plan and prepare for their future by developing and executing estate plans tailored to their specific needs. She drafts wills, irrevocable trusts, financial powers of attorney, and advance directives for health care to ensure that a client’s assets are distributed in accordance with their wishes.
Briele also provides assistance with sophisticated and advanced transfer tax planning and strategies such as family limited partnerships, intentionally defective grantor trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, grantor retained income or annuity trusts, and charitable planning and giving. She regularly counsels fiduciaries and beneficiaries on simple and complex trust and estate administration matters such as probate, post-mortem tax planning, fiduciary accounting, record-keeping, distributions, and exercising discretionary authority.
Prior to joining Lex Nova, Briele was an attorney with a regional boutique tax, business and estate planning law firm where she gained substantial experience with advising individuals, local business owners and fiduciaries on matters concerning estate planning, business succession and tax planning, trust and estate administration, and estate and trust litigation. She also has served as counsel and a consultant for a closely-held family business founded by her sister and brother-in-law.
In addition to practicing law, Briele serves as a Co-Trustee of St. Bridget’s University Parish in Glassboro, NJ and is a member and Secretary of the St. Bridget’s University Parish Finance Council. She has also volunteered for the Wills for Heroes program held at Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, which provides free wills and other estate planning documents to qualified first responders and their spouse or domestic partner. During her time as a volunteer, she assisted first responders with the preparation of their estate planning documents and in 2011 served as Chair of the Recruitment Committee.
Briele believes the most valuable gift you can provide your family is an estate plan or business succession plan. It doesn’t matter the value of your assets. She understands first-hand the significance of being proactive in safeguarding your property, ensuring it goes to your designated beneficiaries, avoiding family disputes, and minimizing taxes. It brings her great joy to provide all her clients with peace of mind and the comfort and security that comes with a well-prepared plan.