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Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 1998)
  • Kenyon College (B.A., 1988)

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island, 1998
  • Massachusetts, 1999

More About Parish

Although raised in Nashville, Parish has embraced life in New England. His southern roots run deep and he admires Johnny Cash very much. Ironically, the best concert he ever attended was when Johnny Cash played at Lupos, a block away from Parish's Providence office.

W. Parish Lentz

W. Parish Lentz focuses his practice on estate and trust planning and administration, as well as business formation and ongoing representation of corporate clients, including non-profit entities. His estate and trust planning practice includes litigating disputes in state court, including trust reformations and accountings, will contests, and guardianship proceedings. Recognizing the uncertainties and costs of court oversight, Mr. Lentz makes every effort to ensure that estate plans reflect the goals of clients. 

Representative Accomplishments

Mr. Lentz obtained on behalf of a client an emergency admission to a hospital of the client's adult son who had suffered a massive stroke. The father did not have a health care or financial power of attorney. The hospital agreed to admit the man as part of an agreement that included a date certain for a guardianship proceeding in Probate Court. 

To avoid crises and emergency situations, he regularly advises clients to create thorough estate planning documents, including powers of attorney. He also counsels families on long-term care (Medicaid) planning.

Mr. Lentz has persuaded state court judges to allow financially struggling non-profit organizations to access principal funds of charitable trusts that were designated income only. Without this intervention, these charities may have had to close their operations.

Mr. Lentz provides business succession planning for family businesses, including balancing the interests of second or third generation children active in the enterprise with the overall estate plan of the older generation.

Seminars

Mr. Lentz has conducted legal education seminars for attorneys, as well as for CPAs and other groups concerning various legal issues. He also presented at the Rhode Island School of Design class on Professional Practice for Visual Artists.

He has presented at and co-authored associated books for numerous seminars sponsored by the National Business Institute, including:

  • Tax Exempt Organizations From Start to Finish (2014)
  • Top Elder Care Strategies (2014)
  • Trusts 101 (2012)
  • Fundamentals of Trust Administration (2010)
  • Key Issues in Estate Planning and Probate (2006 and 2007)
  • How to Draft Effective Wills and Trusts for Your Clients (2005)

Professional and Civic Affiliations

Mr. Lentz is a member of the Board of Trustees for Arts Alive! in Barrington, RI. He also serves on the board of directors at The Bethany Home of Rhode Island in Providence, and is a former board member of The Home for Aged People in Fall River, Mass., the Hope Alzheimer’s Day Care Center in Cranston, RI, and the Barrington Youth Soccer Association. 

He is a member of the Probate and Trust Committee of the Rhode Island Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Bristol County, Mass., Estate Planning Council. He volunteers for the Rhode Island Bar Association's U.S. Armed Forces Legal Services Project for veterans and their families in Probate Court matters.