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Nichole Y. Wren Elected to Board of Directors of St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired

  • Synopsis: Published: 2010-07-25 - Ms. Wren concentrates her practice in the areas of exempt organizations, estate planning and business succession planning. For further information pertaining to this article contact: www.gjn.com.
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Estate Planning Attorney Nichole Y. Wren of Gallop, Johnson & Neuman Elected to Board of Directors of St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Nichole Y. Wren, an experienced estate planning and tax attorney who is a partner at the law firm of Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, L.C., has been elected to the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a 501(c)3 charitable tax-exempt not-for-profit corporation.

Ms. Wren will serve on the Board of Directors through 2011, which marks the Society's 100th consecutive year of providing specialized vision rehabilitation, adaptive education, assistive technology and support services to visually impaired and blind persons in metropolitan St. Louis and southwestern Illinois.

At Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, Ms. Wren concentrates her practice in the areas of exempt organizations, estate planning and business succession planning for privately held businesses and, also, for families and individuals. She represents exempt organizations, preparing formation documents, assisting them in obtaining tax-exempt status and advising them with respect to continuing operating issues. She has substantial experience in designing and implementing estate plans for various estate sizes, with an emphasis on planning for gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes. Ms. Wren represents owners of privately held businesses and assists with the transfer of their businesses from one generation of family ownership to another. In addition, one focus of Ms. Wren's estate planning and tax practice is to assist families with special-needs children.

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She is a member of the American Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the St. Louis Planned Giving Council and the St. Louis Estate Planning Council.

David Ekin, Society president, said, "We enthusiastically welcome Nichole Wren as a new member of our Board of Directors as the St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired prepares to celebrate our centennial year in 2011 with community events and activities to help support our benevolent service mission in metropolitan St. Louis."

The Society's mission is to enhance independence, empower individuals and enrich the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired and their families. Founded in 1911, the Society manages assistive programs for blind and visually impaired individuals, and educational programs for the prevention of blindness. In addition, the Society serves an increasing number of older adults who are newly blind or visually impaired with community activities, home-based services and specialized agency services. The Society also provides services to school-age students at school districts in Illinois and Missouri. It is the only agency of its kind serving the St. Louis area, and the second oldest of its kind west of the Mississippi River. For information, visit the website www.slsbvi.org.

Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, L.C., a full service law firm of 80 attorneys, has provided legal services to clients in diverse industries since 1976 and is one of the largest law firms in St. Louis. The firm serves public corporations, privately-held companies, entrepreneurs and start-up enterprises, individuals and families, trustees and trust beneficiaries, charities, and non-profit entities.

For more information about Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, contact Lois A. LaDriere, Director of Marketing, at 314.615.6000 or visit the firm's website at www.gjn.com.



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