Thanda Fields Brassard, JD

Vice President & Trust Counsel; General Counsel, Fiduciary Trust of New England

Focus Areas

Thanda advises individuals and families on their estate and tax planning matters, and has significant experience in estate settlement and trust administration. In addition, she serves as General Counsel of FTC’s New Hampshire affiliate, Fiduciary Trust of New England and has deep expertise in New Hampshire trust laws. Thanda is also experienced in estate planning for non-traditional families.


Thanda joined Fiduciary Trust Company in 2006. Prior to joining Fiduciary, she was an Associate at Ropes & Gray LLP in the Private Client Group, an Associate at Hill & Barlow, P.C. in the Trust and Estates Department, and a Law Clerk to Magistrate Judge Zachary R. Karol, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts. Thanda was recently recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as a 2019 In-House Leader in the Law.

Thought Leadership: Articles

Sustainable Investing and Trusts
New Hampshire's Trust Advantages
Naming a Trust as an IRA Beneficiary: Key Considerations
The New Hampshire Foundation Act (Bloomberg, 2019)
Adaptable Trusts – Changing the Game Plan at Half Time
One Year Later: How Same-Sex Marriage Rights Have Changed LGBT’s Financial Lives (ThinkAdvisor, 2016)
Why the Granite State Rocks at Trust Administration (Estate Planning magazine, 2016, co-author)
Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples (A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Massachusetts, Chapter 15)
Estate Planning for Non-Traditional Families: Post-DOMA Considerations (New York Society of CPAs Tax Stringer, 2013)
Declaring a Policy of Truth: Recognizing the Wrongful Adoption
Claim (Boston College Law Review, Vol. XXXVII, No. 5, p. 975, 1996)

Thought Leadership: Speaking Engagements

Trust Situs: Planning and Administrating Considerations (Boston Bar Association, 2020)
Redefining Success in the Age of COVID-19: The Bridge to the New Normal (CenterForce Women in Legal & Corporate Leadership Virtual Summit, 2020)
BBC World Business Report – Tax Havens, February 2020
New Hampshire vs. Delaware: A Comparison of Trust Laws (Boston Estate Planning Council, 2016)
Video Interview: New Hampshire’s trust and tax laws (Radio Entrepreneurs, 2016)
New Hampshire: Why the Granite State Rocks When it Comes to Administering Trusts (Boston Estate Planning Council, 2014)
The Overturn of DOMA Resulting from the Windsor Case (Boston Bar Association, 2013)
Estate Planning for Non-Traditional Families and Same-Sex Couples (New York State Society of CPA’s, 2013)

Community Involvement

Ellie Fund – Board Member
Frederick E. Weber Charities Corporation – President and Trustee
Judge Baker’s Children’s Center – Trustee


Thanda grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and is a former National Champion in judo. In her free time, she enjoys watercolor painting and spending time with her family.