Jennifer E. Smith


Jennifer E. Smith


Practice Focus

Trusts, Estates, and Tax
Fiduciary Litigation


Direct: (302) 468-5968
Fax: (302) 691-6834

Administrative Support

Sonja L. Carducci
Direct: (302) 468-5970
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Jenny is a founding partner of MDSU and practices in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, tax planning, wealth preservation, and fiduciary litigation. She advises clients on all aspects of estates and trusts, including wills, powers of attorney, probate and estate administration, and guardianships. In addition, Jenny advises individual trustees, banks, and trust companies regarding trust modifications, terminations, mergers, decantings, nonjudicial settlements, and trust situs changes.

Jenny is a published author and frequent speaker on issues and developments related to trusts and estates. She has presented nationally on various topics, including directed trusts, nonjudicial methods of modification, and recent developments to state and federal trust law.

Jenny has been recognized by Chambers – High Net Worth since 2018, she is certified as an Accredited Estate Planner® by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, and is the recipient of a Powerwomen Award for business growth.


  • Delaware Trust Conference
    • Divorce. Implications and Considerations Impacting Trust Administration (2021)
  • Fiduciary Education Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • Fordham University School of Law
    • Advantages of Delaware Trusts, guest lecturer (2021)
  • Maryland State Bar Association
    • Advanced Techniques in Estate Planning (2020)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Trust Modifications, presenter (2020)
  • National Association of State Bar Tax Sections
    • Kaestner: A View from the Trenches (2019)
  • Delaware Trust Conference
    • Directed Trusts: Best Practices for Working with Advisors, Trust Protectors and Excluded Trustees-When to Say No! (2018)
    • This vs That: What Can be Done in Other Jurisdictions (2016)
  • Delaware Tax Institute
    • Recent Developments in Estate Planning – Transfer Tax Cases (2020)
    • Recent Developments in Estate Planning – Private Letter Rulings (2017)
    • Estate of Woebling and the Future of Intentionally Defective Grantor Trusts (2016)
    • Dancing with the IRS: Do the Bump—do the Basis Bump (2015)

Thought Leadership

  • Delaware Journal of Public Health
    • Estate Planning in the Event of Incapacity as a Result of Dementia (2021) feature article
  • Trusts & Estates Magazine
    • Grantor Trust Reimbursement Statutes: A Magic Wand to Allay the Woes of Grumpy Trustors (2021) feature article
    • The World is Our Oyster: Opportunities Await Future Trust and Estate Professionals (2020) feature article
  • The Legal Intelligencer
    • Understanding Eligible Designated Beneficiaries under the SECURE Act (2020) guest article
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer
    • SECURE Act, signed by President, a game-changer for retirement plans (2020) Quoted
  • American Bar Association Tax Times
    • The Quill is Mightier than the Sword: The Supreme Court’s Decision in Kaestner Defends Quill’s Due Process Analysis (2019) guest article

Professional Associations

  • Mid-Atlantic Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel

  • Estate Planning Council of Delaware, Board of Directors

  • Delaware State Bar Association
    • Estates and Trusts Section

      • Trust Act Committee

    • Tax Section, former chair


  • Emory University, B.A. Phi Beta Kappa
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, J.D.
  • Villanova University School of Law, LL.M. (Taxation)


  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
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