Estate Planning is a broad practice area that encompasses the protection of assets and the proper planning to ensure that the client’s estate passes as they desire at the lowest possible transfer tax cost. It is especially important to properly plan for the estate of an owner of a closely-held business. A family or closely-held business may be plagued with liquidity problems, difficulties in valuation, and conflicts associated with the transition of ownership or management of the business. As a board certified tax and estate planning attorney, Mr. Leighton is skilled in counseling individual clients and helping them to create plans that are specifically tailored to their personal goals, while eliminating or minimizing adverse tax consequences. The firm offers a wide array of estate planning services, including not only the preparation of wills and trust agreements, but also a variety of more sophisticated planning devices for the disposition of family wealth, the protection of assets from creditors, and the sheltering of assets from income, gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes. Our estate planning services include the following planning techniques:
In addition, the firm has extensive experience handling probate matters, advising fiduciaries on the administration of estates and trusts, and handling litigation involving estate and trust matters, including will contests.
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