Peter M. Shapland

One International Place
Boston, MA 02110
T: (617) 345 4766
F: (617) 206 9355

Peter M. Shapland – Partner

Professional Experience

Peter Shapland is a member of the Individual Clients department, where he is chair of the Trust Services and Fiduciary Compliance practice group. His practice includes all aspects of estate planning, settlement of decedents' estates and administration of family trusts and private foundations. Peter provides a full range of sophisticated income, gift and estate tax planning advice to his clients, but he is also mindful that "the tax tail should not wag the dog." That is, tax planning goals should enhance and not obscure the usually more important goal of effective management and distribution of a family's wealth among its intended beneficiaries. Peter helps his clients implement estate planning arrangements that are always as sophisticated as they need to be but no more complicated than they have to be.

Peter also advises bank trust departments and other professional fiduciaries on a broad range of estate and trust administration issues, including all related income, gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax matters. In addition, he has helped fiduciaries resolve difficult questions utilizing provisions of the Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code, including trust modifications and non-judicial settlement agreements.

Peter frequently serves as executor and trustee for his clients and their families. In those capacities, he advises clients on a wide variety of issues, including related income and estate tax planning matters and, more importantly, administering each trust so that it meets the unique needs of the family (or charities) intended to benefit from the trust. Peter also serves as a trustee or advisor of private foundations and has helped these clients achieve a broad variety of charitable planned-giving objectives.

Peter is an active member of both the Boston Bar Association (Trusts and Estates Section) and the Massachusetts Bar Association (Probate Section). He is past co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section, for which he currently serves as co-chair of the Public Policy Committee. He also serves on the Public Service Committee of the BBA. With the Massachusetts Bar Association, he serves on the Probate Section's governing council. Peter is also a member of the Boston Probate & Estate Planning Forum.

Peter received his B.A. cum laude from Tufts University in 1974. He earned a Masters in Public Administration (1979) and his J.D. (1983) from Northeastern University School of Law.

Practice Areas

News, Publications & Presentations


  • Northeastern University, J.D.
  • Northeastern University, M.P.A.
  • Tufts University, B.A., cum laude


  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Professional Affiliations

  • Boston Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Probate Section

Awards and Achievements