Estate Planning - Estate & Trust Administration - Asset Protection - Charitable Giving

 

Estate Planning. 

 

Our attorneys prepare wills and trusts that achieve clients’ objectives in a tax-efficient manner and provide sophisticated counsel on issues such as avoiding probate, protecting assets from creditors, and minimizing the tax ramifications when transferring wealth to future generations.

Estate & Trust Administration

 

Our Trusts & Estates team carefully monitors evolving tax laws and economic conditions and works with clients to develop planning strategies that take full advantage of those changes.

Estate and Trust Administration. Our attorneys represent individual and corporate executors and trustees on all aspects of the administration of estates and trusts, including probate, valuing assets, accounting and construction proceedings, trust terminations, “decanting” of trusts and jurisdiction changes, and preparation of estate, gift, generation-skipping, and fiduciary income tax returns and related tax planning. When necessary, our attorneys also represent clients in audits by tax authorities and in tax dispute litigation.

Non-Profits and Charitable Giving

Non-Profits and Charitable Giving. Our attorneys help clients make positive change in the world by creating public charities, private foundations, and operating foundations, and we work in tandem with the IRS and state agencies to obtain and retain tax exemption for these entities. Our team represents non-profit organizations in connection with various administrative issues, as well as fundraising activities, grant agreements, and gifts and bequests received from individuals, estates, trusts, and other grant-making organizations. Our attorneys also counsel individual clients on tax-effective methods of charitable giving, including gifts of artwork and other unique assets, and draft charitable remainder and charitable lead trusts, as well as agreements with respect to building grants, scholarships, endowed chairs, and other types of major gifts.

Family Asset Protection

Additionally, our Trusts & Estates attorneys develop and implement premarital, postmarital, and domestic partnership agreements that help clients preserve and protect family assets in every stage of their relationship and ensure their wishes are carried out in the event of separation, divorce, death, or incapacity.

 

Our team represents clients in business preservation and succession issues and regularly assists in the formation and maintenance of family limited partnerships and limited liability companies all with the goal of assuring the viability and value of their business interests, both during and after their lifetimes.

 

When conflicts arise, our Trusts & Estates attorneys work hard to resolve disputes through negotiation but are also prepared to partner with  litigation group to vigorously represent clients’ interests in court.