We work with every client to create an estate plan that meets their unique goals. While every family is different, we have found that there are some common concerns for most families.

Parents of adult children often are concerned with these issues:

  • Dividing up their assets in an equitable manner.
  • Dealing with a child who may not be responsible about money or have special needs.
  • Making sure that their affairs are in order.

Parents of young children often have three basic estate planning goals:

  • Appoint guardians to care for minor children.
  • Create a plan to manage assets left behind for children.
  • Preserve wealth by reducing or eliminating taxes and transfer costs.

There are three main legal documents that we use to accomplish these goals.



Wills are the simplest estate planning tools. They are extremely flexible and provide for appointment of guardians, tax savings trusts, and trusts for children. They do not substantially reduce the costs of wealth transfer (i.e. probate).


Living Trusts

Living trusts are legal entities that hold property during a persons' life and provide for a distribution plan after death. All assets in the living trust avoid probate. Living trusts are coordinated with pour-over wills (a special kind of simple will) to appoint guardians and tie up loose ends.


Powers of Attorney

Powers of attorney allow someone to make decisions and take actions on your behalf. There are two key documents for estate planning purposes:

  1. Power of Attorney for Property Management - This allows someone to manage your financial affairs if you become incompetent.
  2. Advance Health Care Directive - This document appoints someone to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to give informed consent, and states your wishes for end-of-life care.

Sophisticated estate planning involves numerous devices designed to reduce or shift tax liability. If your estate is large, ask us about other devices.


Business Law

When you launch a new business, you will likely encounter a host of legal issues.  From selecting the optimal business structure to negotiating contracts, from ensuring that the company's name doesn't infringe on another business's intellectual property to hiring new employers--almost everything that small business owners do touches on some aspect of business law.  We can help you navigate through complex situations and provide pre-emptive measures to avoid litigation.  New companies must take steps to comply with the law even before opening their doors.  We assist in forming new entities on behalf of our clients by filing necessary documents and customizing the needs of the businesses by forming corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), partnerships, and other entities.  


To begin your estate planning process, download the "Estate Planning Questionnaire" or email us at or call 949-200-8211.