Christina Passard, LLM

Practice Areas: Estate Planning (with or without an emphasis on tax planning), Asset Protection Planning, Special Needs Planning, Tax/Tax Litigation, Probate, Business Formation (with or without an emphasis on tax planning).

Christina’s practice draws upon her education in accounting and taxation to provide legal guidance to clients on the intricacies of the Internal Revenue Code and Alaska’s particular estate, community property, retirement benefits tax/estate planning, individual income tax, probate, and business laws.  Christina views “estate planning” broadly to ensure that her clients have all facets of health care decisions, power of attorney, guardianship for minor children, fiduciary selection, wills, trusts, special needs, estate tax, income tax, community property, and retirement benefits planning properly addressed. She involves a creative planning approach with her clients – not a one-size-fits-all formula. Christina’s asset protection planning practice involves counseling clients on the use of the Alaska Domestic Asset Protection Trust, use of limited liability companies, and other planning tools and techniques for asset protection purposes.

In addition to estate and asset protection planning, other services include planning for disabilities, tax litigation matters and administrative controversies involving the IRS, defending clients in tax audits, collection, levy, offer in compromise, innocent spouse, appeals, as well as failure to file or pay, erroneous returns, special agent inquiry and in some other potentially criminal tax controversies, representing personal representatives, trustees, and beneficiaries in connection with the administration of and post-mortem planning for decedents’ estates, preparing federal and state estate tax returns and gift tax returns, and business formation, with related tax planning.

Christina joined Barlow Anderson in early 2018 as a partner. She holds both a JD and a Master of Laws in Taxation (LLM) from the University of Denver. She is a member of the Alaska Bar Association and is admitted to practice in federal and Alaska state courts, as well as with the United States Tax Court. When she is not working, Christina stays busy with her family – her husband Mark, and their four young children, and by coaching her daughter’s comp basketball team in Palmer.