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Sarah works with clients from varied family and financial backgrounds on estate planning, business succession, and trust and estate administration matters. The foundation of her practice is the strong relationship she forms with her clients. She has the ability to make estate planning techniques easy to understand and difficult or sensitive topics easier to discuss. Her clients trust her for confidentiality as well as sound advice.
Julie’s outstanding track record is built on successful outcomes in legal matters related to estate planning, trust administration, and probate. Clients rely on her sound judgment regarding lifetime planning, as well as the administration and distribution of assets at death.
High-net-worth individuals call on Bill for clear-headed guidance in protecting and preserving their wealth for future generations. Bill works closely with his clients, helping them to develop estate plans and implement strategies that both save taxes and achieve personal objectives.
Rhett represents clients in regard to the full spectrum of estate and business succession planning. He is a trusted advisor on the following issues including preparation and implementation of estate planning documents, administering trusts and estates, transfer tax planning, asset protection planning and more.
Brad serves as a trusted advisor to individuals, families and companies seeking to cost- effectively structure or transfer businesses. Clients value his responsiveness, particularly his ability to help them understand complex property and tax law concepts. Brad is also a Certified Public Accountant. His practice includes estate planning, business succession planning, charitable planning, and trust and estate administration.
Rick Langer is a partner concentrating his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, trusts, and marital property.
Phil has more than 20 years of experience assisting individuals with estate, wealth, and business succession planning and helping businesses with corporate and real estate matters.
As an estate planner, Phil knows that transferring wealth effectively requires the preservation of family relationship. When advising clients and their families, he devotes significant time to communicating with members of each generation. He strives to develop practical plans that carry out his clients’ wishes and minimize taxes, while also providing the flexibility needed to address unforeseen circumstances.
Gordon Miller is a partner in the firm's Wealth Planning Services Group. Gordon's practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning, estate and gift taxation, and trust and estate law.
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