Hal J. Webb

Partner
305-350-7278
Area of Focus: Tax, Private Wealth Services
"Highly brilliant, very thorough, solution-oriented, and has an incredible knowledge base."
- Chambers HNW 2016
GET TO KNOW Hal
When the world’s wealthiest families need assistance with international tax planning, global estate planning, or planning related to investing in or moving to the U.S., they come to Hal. Head of Bilzin Sumberg's International Private Client Services, Hal advises high-net-worth private clients, family offices, and trust companies from across the world, particularly the U.S., Latin America, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. He regularly provides advice regarding foreign trusts with U.S. beneficiaries, pre-immigration tax and estate planning, planning for large gifts and inheritances being received by U.S. persons from foreign persons or foreign estates, foreign investment in U.S. real estate and business interests, and tax compliance and reporting. 

For Hal, a client’s privacy is sacrosanct. Like his legal work, Hal’s reputation for discretion is well-known. As a result, his clients trust him with details rarely shared outside a very small, closed circle. Hal forms bonds so close with his clients that they oftentimes treat him like part of their family.
Q & A
What do clients value about working with you?
I am an honest, trustworthy, sensible and discreet person. I am also a good listener. Clients are comfortable divulging extremely private information to me they may not have told many other people. It means I have incredibly close relationships with my clients.
Why does your practice thrive in Miami?
Miami has become a magnet for ultra-high net worth international individuals, and many of those individuals have financial investments and investments in real estate located in Miami. In addition, many international business transactions have some connection to Miami. The city is also an important location for access to and from Latin America and the Caribbean.
What is keeping your clients up at night?
Many clients are concerned about the implications and timing of the new Common Reporting Standard (CRS) being implemented and managed by the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development). 
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Hal is Chair of the International Tax In-Bound Committee of The Florida Bar Tax Section, and currently a Director and the immediate Past Chair of the Miami Branch of STEP.

Speaking Engagement May 18, 2017
Hal J. Webb and Jennifer J. Wioncek speak at Bilzin Sumberg's International Tax Breakfast Series about the technical and practical planning issues that may be faced when considering the change of situs of foreign offshore trusts and civil law foundations to the U.S., and how the right approach to domestication of a foreign situs trust or foundation can minimize U.S. tax consequences.

"Hal has consistently demonstrated an eagerness and proactive approach to the servicing of his UHNW and HNW clients or wealth management firms, and has earned the confidence of all he has worked with in the cross-border industry for his vast experience, thoroughness and dependability."

- Citywealth Magazine 2017


CREDENTIALS
  • University of Florida, LL.M., Taxation, 1996
    Widener University Delaware Law School, J.D., 1995
    University of Miami, B.A., Accounting, 1992
  • American Bar Association
    Tax Section, Member
    The Florida Bar
    International Tax In-Bound Committee, Chairman
    STEP Miami
    Director, 2016
    Past Chairman, 2014 - 2015
  • Florida
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Band 3, Chambers HNW, Private Wealth Law - Florida, 2016

    Citywealth Magazine, Leaders List, 2011 - present

    Florida Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2016

    South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, 2011 - 2016

    Who’s Who Legal, Private Client Lawyers, 2015 - 2016

    Best of the Best USA, Trust and Estates, 2016

    Florida’s Best Lawyers, Lawyers of the Year, Tax Law, 2016

    AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory

    Legal Week, International Trusts & Private Client Elite, 2012

    Guide to the World’s Leading Trusts & Estates Practitioners, 2010

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