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John Sare

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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

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Tax-Exempt Organizations; Trusts and Estates


John Sare is a partner in the tax-exempt organizations practice and the trusts and estates group of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. Mr. Sare has extensive experience in the representation of museums, colleges, private foundations and other types of exempt organizations. This work includes advising charities on the issues and options they face with respect to their endowment funds and other types of restricted gifts. Mr. Sare has significant experience representing tax-exempt organizations in connection with matters before the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Mr. Sare also advises individuals and fiduciaries on legal issues involving works of art, charitable giving, estate planning, and the administration of estates and trusts. He taught the Seminar in Law and the Visual Arts at the Columbia University School of Law from 2001 until 2011 and is a co-author of Estate Planning for Artists and Authors, published by Tax Management, Inc. (2004) and Splendid Legacy: The Guide to Creating Your Family Foundation, published by the National Center for Family Philanthropy (2002). He has also written and spoken about the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 and the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act and the New York version of it.


Admitted in New York


Trustee, Preservation League of New York State; Member, Nonprofit Coordinating Committee (Government Relations Committee); New York City Bar Association (past member, Art Law Committee; past member and secretary, Non-Profit Organizations Committee)


J.D., 1990, Columbia Law School (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar); B.A., 1986, Southern Methodist University, (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)


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United States: Tax

Not-for-profit (Fortune 1000 private foundations, and national trade associations and charities)

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John Sare - Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Within: Not-for-profit (Fortune 1000 private foundations, and national trade associations and charities)

New York-based Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP has 'deep knowledge of non-profit issues' and is commended for its 'broader commitment to the field of philanthropy and the charitable sector'. Robin Krause ('a great thought partner for complex tax and legal problems') and Tomer Inbar jointly lead the five-partner group, which also includes John Sare ('an expert in art issues'), Laura Butzel, and recently promoted partner Megan Bell. Non-profit is a dedicated industry sector for the 200-lawyer firm, which services the sectors across all of its legal departments, such as corporate, employment, tax, real estate, and litigation. Recent highlights include advising a group of private foundations on the establishment of an investment fund vehicle to raise capital for pooled program-related investments. Key clients include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Wildlife Conversation Society, The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and Teach for America.

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