John F. Furniss III

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Offices Columbus
Phone 614.464.5444
Fax 614.719.4723

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John is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the probate and tax group and the estate, trust, and wealth transfer subgroup.  In his practice, John represents individuals, including professionals, executives and business owners, as well as families in connection with all aspects of estate planning, charitable giving, business succession planning, and estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning. He also represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in the administration of trusts and probate estates as well as in disputes involving trusts and estates, including will contests, trust contests and tax audits and controversies. In addition, John represents tax-exempt organizations in matters related to their tax-exempt status, planned gifts from their donors and their endowments.

John is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and is active in committees at both the national and state levels.  He currently serves as ACTEC's state chair for Ohio.  He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, where he serves as chair for the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section Council.  In addition, John is a member of the Columbus Bar Association and other professional organizations.  

John regularly presents on various topics relating to estate planning, charitable giving, exempt organizations and estate and trust administration.  He has presented to the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, ACTEC Ohio and various estate planning councils and charitable foundations. 

John received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as the managing editor of the Journal of Law & Politics. He received his A.B. magna cum laude and with distinction from Kenyon College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  John also studied at St. Catherine's College of Oxford University.

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