Lauren Detzel is the chair of the firm's Estate and Succession Planning department. She is Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates by The Florida Bar. She specializes in techniques to reduce or avoid paying estate tax such as family limited partnerships, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), sales to intentionally defective trusts, charitable trusts, lifetime gifts and generation-skipping trusts. She has a particular emphasis in planning for the succession of closely-held or family businesses.
Ms. Detzel also handles many contested tax matters in the transfer tax arena, ranging from audits of returns and administrative appeals within the IRS to Tax Court and Federal District Court litigation. She provides the entire gamut of administration of estates and trusts, including contested matters of will and trust interpretation and reformation.