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Chace Ruttenberg & Freedman, LLC

Chace Ruttenberg & Freedman, LLP   One Park Row Suite 300 Providence, RI 02903 | 15 Franklin Street Westerly, RI 02891
TELEPHONE: 401.453.6400   FAX: 401.453.6411
Nathan W

Nathan W. Chace



Phone: 401.453.6400

Fax: 401.453.6411

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Mr. Chace leads the firm's Trust, Estate Planning & Administration Group and has spent the entirety of his legal career assisting families in estate planning and administration. Nate's clients range from families of modest wealth concerned with the orderly passing of assets, to families with significant tax issues that require the use of sophisticated estate planning techniques, to families that have unique intra-family concerns that require special attention. Nate understands that each client presents a distinct set of issues, and prides himself on giving each matter his individual attention. Nate deals directly with the client on all facets of estate planning, and estate administration.

In the area of estate planning, Nate always does his own drafting of documents because he recognizes that each client has his or her own concerns that are unique to that client. In the area of estate administration, Nate regularly attends to the probate of estates and the administration of trusts, deals with the Internal Revenue Service and state tax authorities regarding the audit of estate tax returns, and prepares required state and federal fiduciary income tax returns for the estate and/or trust.

Honors and Distinctions

  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (Elected in 1981)
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" rating for the past 38 years
  • Included in "The Best Lawyers in America" and other similar compilations
  • Rhode Island and New England "Super Lawyer" for many years
  • Frequent lecturer at Rhode Island Bar Association seminars on estate planning and estate administration
  • Former President and current member of Estate Planning Council of Rhode Island


  • University of Virginia Law School (JD)
  • Brown University

Bar Memberships

  • Rhode Island


  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (Fellow)
  • Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse (Board Member)
  • Estate Planning Council of Rhode Island (Former President)
  • Audubon Society of Rhode Island (Board Member)
  • Appalachian Mountain Club (Former Board Member)
  • The Planned Giving Council of Rhode Island (Former Board Member)
  • Providence Country Day School (Former President and Board Member)