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TAXES/ESTATES/TRUSTS/ELDER LAW: Ronald D. “Ron” Aucutt

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Ronald D. “Ron” Aucutt
McGuireWoods LLP
McLean


Title: Partner, chair of the Private Wealth Services Practice Group
Other legal specialties: Exempt organizations
Birthplace: St. Paul, Minn.
Education: Bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Minnesota
Current professional activities: Past president of The America College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and the current chair of ACTEC’s Washington Affairs Committee
Wife: Bunny Aucutt
Children: David, 28; Jamie, 24
Spare-time activities: “I spend a lot of volunteer time working in my church denomination, where I currently serve on the board of directors and have served as chair of the board and as moderator of the church’s annual conference.”
First job as a lawyer:  At Miller & Chevalier, a Washington, D.C., tax firm
Fan of:  “Any team either of my sons plays on or coaches, currently the football team of Wheaton-Warrenville South in the Chicago suburbs.”
Favorite vacation spot:  Hawaii, especially Maui
Recently read: “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow
Career mentors:  John S. (“Jack”) Nolan and John M. Bixler, two Miller & Chevalier partners

If you could change one thing in the federal tax code, what would that be?
“Well, complexity, of course!  For real simplification to be achieved, the tax code cannot be used as much to micromanage economic decisions.  In some cases, Congress may have to legislate less and leave more to regulations, where the process of notice and comment and the ability to make changes when needed away from the political pressures of Capitol Hill would have a chance of producing rules that work like they were designed on purpose.”


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