Areas of Practice

Estate Planning
Business Law
Environmental Law
Real Estate Law
Construction Law

How can an attorney help me with my will?

Talking with an attorney about creating your will is a great way to make sure you consider all important aspects of the transfer of your assets. An attorney will consider your personal priorities, your family relationships, your charitable affiliations and the relationship of current tax laws to these objectives. In addition to creating a will, an attorney can help you with the preparation of trust agreements, powers of attorney, and medical directives.

 

How can an attorney help me with planning my estate or setting up a trust?

An attorney will work with you to design the appropriate plan to meet your goals and objectives, prepare the necessary documents to carry out the desired plan and assist with the implementation of your plan. Trust and estate attorneys also handle the administration of estates. Attorneys confer with members of a decedent’s family on the various issues, including:

  • Assistance to the executor with the preparation of the required probate documents and assist in valuation of estate assets
  • Making insurance claims
  • Preparation of final income tax returns and the estate’s income and federal and state estate tax returns
  • Monitoring of the investment of the estate’s assets
  • Arranging for the distribution of the estate’s net assets
  • Throughout the administration of an estate, consideration is given to income tax savings through the timing of distributions and the timing and claiming of appropriate deductions.

In the trust administration area, attorneys advise and consult trustees concerning the discharge of the trust’s terms and consult with beneficiaries concerning trust administration matters including the preparation of trust accounts.

 

How can an attorney help me with my small business?

An attorney can assist with a broad range of legal services representing business enterprises of all sizes and those who create them. Legal advice is often required on a variety of topics, including the choice of business entity, process of formation, type of governance, nature of ownership, operational matters, combinations, acquisitions, dispositions and dissolutions of such entities. In addition to assisting with immediate concerns, a lawyer can help with interests relative to ownership and the passing of ownership to future generations or for the eventual sale of the business.

An attorney can also help you with relationships between your business and other organizations. This includes contracts, both drafting and negotiation, as well as joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.

 

Text adapted from:

U.S. News and World Report. Best Law Firms. http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/