Everyone needs a power of attorney, a health care proxy and a living will. Most people need a will. Some also need trusts, or have particular concerns, such as literary property, philanthropic planning, valuable collections, prenuptial agreements, or loved ones with special needs. The estate tax and gift tax laws have also changed dramatically in recent years, and we can develop a strategy that is appropriate to your situation. Whether a client’s needs are simple or unusual, we conduct a highly individual process to craft a customized solution.
When someone close to you dies, it’s important to settle the estate efficiently, to navigate a complex structure of state and federal laws, to make vital technical decisions, and to maintain good relations among all the parties involved. Our experience with complex estates and our continual development of best practices help to ensure the smoothest and most economical process possible. We have particular experience handling estates for families outside the local area, keeping everyone involved and informed as we pull everything into order. We are in the New York probate courts every day and know how to get it all done.
Ron spent the first seven years of his career working on big-scale real estate deals, including the Times Square redevelopment and the creation of the High Line. And while the scale of your condo, coop or home transaction may be smaller, the complexity is similar, and the stakes, for you, are just as high. We know what problems can arise in the process, and we’ve developed a range of contract provisions that will protect you against them. We will not only advocate for you, we will guide you through a complicated process so that you know what’s coming at each stage, and so that all the pieces will fall into place. And we still do commercial work, on business leases and multi-family homes.
With our core skills in estate and real estate matters, we constantly encounter a wide range of related issues. We deal with many kinds of tax issues. We write, negotiate and review all kinds of contracts – between employers and employees, business partners, spouses or domestic partners. We form corporations and prepare operating agreements for many kinds of small businesses. We negotiate disputes, avoiding litigation where possible, and managing actions in court where necessary. We are not experts in everything, and we don’t try to be. But we are the go-to team for a lot of repeat clients, and we care about each client deeply. Whatever you need for your personal and small business matters, we can either provide the help, or find the help, that you need.