Find Lawyers in Miami, Florida for Trusts and Estates
Norman J. Benford counsels high-net-worth individuals and families in connection with estate planning and other complex tax issues, as well as business succession and other non-tax family matters. Norm also counsels individuals and institutions serving as fiduciaries of estates, trusts and guardianships in connection with administrative matters and disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.
Christopher W. Boyett co-chairs Holland & Knight's National Private Wealth practice. Mr. Boyett advises domestic and international wealthy families throughout Florida on sophisticated estate planning strategies and options and counsels family businesses on succession planning and tax planning. Additionally, he advises both institutional and individual clients on estate and trust administration issues. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law, Graduate Program in...
Nicholas E. Christin joined Wicker Smith in 1997 and is a Managing Partner in the Miami office. He maintains a general commercial practice with an emphasis on estate planning, estate administration, probate litigation and the representation of professionals and other individuals in their professional practices and business entities. Since 1979, Mr. Christin has been an adjunct professor in the University of Miami LL.M Program in Estate Planning. He has taught Income Taxation of Trusts and Est...
A Fellow in the American College of the Trust and Estate Counsel, Joe Cox is a nationally recognized lawyer with four decades of experience advising individuals and families in estate planning, insurance, trusts, and tax. He is Board Certified in Estate Planning & Administration by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Joe was named by Worth Magazine as “One of the Top 100 Attorneys in the Nation.” He was also selected by Florida Trend Magazine as &ldquo...
Steven Hadjilogiou focuses his practice on international inbound and outbound international tax planning for multinational companies and high net worth individuals. Steven has represented various Fortune 500 companies and major privately held businesses in their tax planning and supply chain projects, and also has substantial experience advising on transfer pricing, tax-related intellectual property matters, Subpart F and foreign investment in US real property. Steven also advises clients on ...
Practice description Stewart Kasner is a Private Wealth Services attorney in Holland & Knight's Miami office, where he focuses primarily in the areas of international taxation, trusts and estates. Mr. Kasner routinely advises foreign and domestic clients on U.S. federal income, gift and estate tax matters associated with their cross-border investments, including U.S. real estate investments and business activities, as well as pre-immigration tax planning. His practice also includes formin...
Richard C. Milstein concentrates his practice on complex, not so complex, and high conflict trust, probate, estate, and guardianship litigation and administration, and family law matters. With Richard’s over four decades of experience in these areas, he ably assists clients and members of families, whether related or not, with resolution of their issues in a caring and sensitive manner. In addition to litigation and administration services, Richard provides life and estate planning advi...
Arianne R. Plasencia focuses her practice on US & international tax matters. She provides international and domestic income, gift, and estate tax planning for entities and high-net-worth individuals with a focus on multijurisdictional families and inbound investment planning. She also represents clients in tax audits, offshore voluntary disclosures, and streamlined disclosures as well as advises them on criminal tax examinations and other criminal tax matters. Arianne provides estate and ...
Mark D. Rich is a partner in the Tax Practice Group, where he focuses primarily on international tax planning, pre-immigration tax planning, and US and international trust and estate planning. Mark advises numerous high-net-worth US and foreign families on a broad range of legal issues, including succession, wealth-transfer, and estate planning and administration. He works closely with clients to help them understand and identify their unique needs and tax positions, and his counsel is focuse...
Andrew H. "Andy" Weinstein is a partner in Holland & Knight's Miami office and a member of the firm's Taxation Practice. Mr. Weinstein has extensive experience that includes providing domestic and international tax planning and compliance for ultra high-net-worth individuals, with a focus on multijurisdictional tax disputes, and reporting of international financial accounts and related tax litigation. Mr. Weinstein represents clients in civil and criminal tax matters before the IRS and De...
Diana S.C. Zeydel focuses her practice on estate, trust and tax planning for high net worth individuals and families. Her practice includes planning for U.S. and non-U.S. citizens and residents. She specializes in sophisticated intra-generational wealth transfer strategies and business succession planning. She assists clients in litigated probate, trust and guardianship matters, and represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service in matters involving complex fiduciary income tax and es...
Colton Castro focuses his practice on national and international private client matters. He is particularly skilled in estate planning, representing high-net worth clients on federal estate, gift and generation skipping transfer tax planning and business succession. Colton also handles estate and trust administration, assisting clients with both contested and uncontested probate. Read full biography: https://www.mwe.com/people/colton-castro/
Trusts and Estates Definition
How Can a Trusts and Estates Attorney Help You?
Trust and estate attorneys help clients plan for the efficient and effective transfer of assets to spouses, to younger generation family members, to other persons clients wish to benefit, and to charities. The practice involves the preparation of trust agreements, wills, powers of attorney, medical directives, and closely held business structures, including partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations.
What are the Trusts and Estates Practices Focal Points?
When attorneys begin the planning process, they consider your objectives, your family relationships, charitable inclinations, and the relationship of federal and state estate tax, gift tax, and generation skipping transfer tax laws to these objectives. Attorneys then work with you and, in some cases, with other advisers to design the appropriate plan to meet your goals and objectives, prepare the necessary documents to carry out the desired plan, and assist with the implementation of your plan. In connection with family wealth planning, attorneys plan and draft trust agreements and wills, create various business entities, and carry out business reorganizations.
Trust and estate attorneys also handle the administration of estates. Attorneys confer with members of a decedent’s family on the various issues, including:
• Assistance to the executor with the preparation of the required probate documents and assist in valuation of estate assets
• Making insurance claims
• Preparation of final income tax returns and the estate’s income and federal and state estate tax returns
• Monitoring of the investment of the estate’s assets
• Arranging for the distribution of the estate’s net assets
• Throughout the administration of an estate, consideration is given to income tax savings through the timing of distributions and the timing and claiming of appropriate deductions.
In the trust administration area, attorneys advise and consult with corporate and individual trustees concerning the discharge of the trust’s terms and consult with beneficiaries concerning trust administration matters including the preparation of trust accounts.
Trust and Estate attorneys also assist clients in all phases of probate and trust litigation. This may involve construing or reforming the terms of a will or trust, prosecuting or defending a will contest action or surcharge actions against trustees.
What is a Trusts and Estates attorneys goal for its clients?
The goal of an trust and estate attorney is to assist clients to achieve their personal goals while obtaining the significant tax savings which may be available to them through proper planning. Attorneys in the practice spend a significant amount of time dealing with the federal estate, gift, and generation skipping tax issues involved in transfer planning.
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