Thoughtful, sophisticated advice, tailored to your specific needs.
After working for years in corporate law firms, I opened this practice to focus on people. I offer a range of services that are most likely to be those you and your family will need in the course of your life and work. Many of my clients view me as their personal attorney and advisor. It’s a solemn trust that gives me great pride, and great commitment to my clients.
I never take the facts for granted – each client is truly, strikingly unique. I want to hear what you have to say, and to understand the particulars of your situation. I know that legalese and serious decisions can put you off from getting important legal work done, so I have designed my process to be as smooth and comfortable for you as can be. The goal is to create a customized and lasting solution for you, so you won’t have to think about these things again for years to come.
|ESTATE PLANNING: WILLS & TRUSTS.
Everyone needs a will, a power of attorney, a health care proxy and a living will. Some need trusts, and some have particular concerns, such as literary property, valuable collections, prenuptial agreements, or loved ones with special needs. Whether a client’s needs are simple or unusual, I conduct a highly individual process to craft a customized solution.
|PROBATE AND ESTATE SETTLEMENT
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. My experience with complex estates and my continual investment in efficiency help to ensure the smoothest and most economical process possible.
|ESTATE TAX AND GIFT TAX ADVICE.
Many people have property that is subject to estate tax, and many transfers of property are subject to gift tax. These are stealth issues – it’s easy to be unaware of your exposure. I can help you avoid difficult surprises.
|REAL ESTATE AND SMALL BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS.
Prior to opening my personal-services practice, I worked in major international corporate firms. I bring my experience on billion-dollar deals to the transactions and documents that shape your life and work. Personal matters include residential real estate and property agreements. Business work includes partnership agreements and commercial leases.
|INCOME TAX FILING AND ADVICE.
My tax partner and I prepare income tax returns for hundreds of clients each year. Because we are attorneys, we crunch the numbers with insight on how the laws of property, tax, estates, retirement accounts and other matters affect your finances. And the ongoing relationship from year to year enables us to understand your needs more deeply. We are happy to meet in person, or to work with materials that you mail in.
|SAME-SEX AND NON-TRADITIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
pose special challenges. Few attorneys are deeply familiar with the rapidly changing laws, or with the optimal ways to navigate them. I am a recognized leader in the area of same-sex and non-martial relationships, having organized major seminars on the subject and served on multiple occasions as a source for the New York Times.