ESTATE PLANNING AND PROBATE

The firm's Business Section devotes a considerable portion of its practice to estate planning and probate administration. This includes the analysis of clients' estate tax exposure, planning to minimize such taxes, preparation of complex Wills, formation of revocable and irrevocable trusts and creation of family limited partnerships and other tax efficient techniques for the transfer of wealth among family members. The firm engages extensively in business succession planning for family owned or closely held businesses. The firm also assists clients in the administration of probate estates and the preparation of federal and state gift and death tax returns.

John L. Van Cleave, W. Warner McNeilly, III and Erik Thorngren each practice extensively in the estate planning and probate fields.