Estate Planning

Langdale Vallotton, LLP, routinely counsels clients regarding their individual estate plans and business succession planning. Our estate lawyers work closely with accountants and insurance professionals to ensure the orderly transfer of assets to beneficiaries and future generations while minimizing tax liabilities associated with such transfers. Our estate planning attorneys often utilize irrevocable life insurance trusts and complex wills containing credit shelter trusts to minimize the impact of estate taxes on high-net-worth individuals. Our lawyers stay abreast of the incessant changes to federal and state estate tax laws in order to effectively advise clients with respect to minimizing estate tax liabilities upon death. We also work closely with business clients regarding succession planning, using estate planning vehicles such as family limited partnerships and other business entities that allow our clients to retain lifetime management and control of the businesses they have created and grown while taking full advantage of lifetime gifting to future generations in order to minimize estate taxes.

Trust Administration

Our firm also has extensive experience advising clients regarding estate and trust administration. We routinely advise personal representatives and trustees regarding their duties under applicable statutes regarding estate administation and trust administration. Our real estate lawyers are also experienced in preparing necessary probate court petitions to facilitate the administration of an estate or to contest an allegedly illegal will or estate devise. Clients have engaged the attorneys of Langdale Vallotton to defend and to pursue claims arising out of some of the largest disputes regarding estates in South Georgia, and we have a history of litigation success in defending the enforcement of prenuptial agreements and wills.

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