Scott J. Bent

Associate

Columbus
T 614.462.5104  |  F 614.462.2616

Scott Bent counsels clients on estate planning and transfer tax matters, private wealth management, fiduciary litigation, business succession planning, and business and real estate transactions. Scott advises trustees and other fiduciaries regarding their obligations and liabilities, and he represents fiduciaries in disputes and litigation. He also handles closely held business matters, including business disputes.

Prior to entering the practice of law, Scott taught as a Teach for America corps member and worked as a professional writer and editor. Scott brings a creative and practical approach to legal counseling and advocacy.

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  • Developed estate plans, advised clients regarding wealth transfer issues, and drafted estate planning documents including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills.
  • Advised clients regarding transfer tax matters, including the federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer taxes. 
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Experience

  • Developed estate plans, advised clients regarding wealth transfer issues, and drafted estate planning documents including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills.
  • Advised clients regarding transfer tax matters, including the federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer taxes. 
  • Counseled families regarding business succession planning, with a focus on maximizing transfer tax savings and balancing control and economic succession among family members. 
  • Participated in establishing and administering voting trusts and other corporate voting control mechanisms. 
  • Represented trustees in connection with complex trust litigation involving disputes regarding the beneficial ownership and control of business interests valued in excess of $200 million.
  • Advised a Fortune 500 retailer in connection with the nationwide expansion of its line of merchandise. 
  • Advised business clients on regulatory-compliance matters at the federal, state, and local levels in industries including healthcare and automotive.

Memberships

  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Community

  • Teach for America Alumni Ambassador

Pro Bono

  • YWCA of Columbus

Services

Prior Positions

  • Teach for America: Corps member
  • Mazer Corporation: Writer and editor

Admissions

  • Ohio, 2012

Education

  • J.D., The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, 2012, magna cum laude; Chief Articles Editor, Ohio State Law Journal
  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2004, highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa