Our estate planning and trust group has decades of experience preparing customized estate plans for all types of situations and client needs. From basic estate plans to more sophisticated business succession and asset protection plans that require in-depth tax planning, we help clients create cohesive strategies, draft all the necessary documents and engage in post-mortem estate and trust administration, when required. We also help clients with retirement planning.
We have the ability to draft any related documents, including last wills and testaments, living wills, declarations of trust, power of attorneys, family limited partnerships, limited liability companies related to succession planning, gifting trusts, charitable trusts and qualified personal residence trusts.
In the area of business estate and trust administration, our attorneys handle probate procedures, prepare estate tax returns and assist in the distribution of assets. Being familiar with all accounting issues related to estate and business succession planning, we are able to help clients minimize gift and estate taxes as much as possible.
Whether clients seek help with complex construction development projects or standard leasing agreements, Pretzel & Stouffer’s real estate group can advise on all aspects of a diverse range of commercial and residential real estate transactions.
We guide clients step by step through all stages of real estate sale and acquisition processes, drafting letters of intent, negotiating and drafting purchase/sale agreements, performing due-diligence reviews, helping secure financing, ensuring title clearance and overseeing escrow closings.
We also help clients navigate the legal and tax landscapes associated with like-kind exchanges and other types of specialty transactions. In some situations, we employ trusts to lessen taxes involved in certain real estate transactions.
Construction development is another area in which we advise clients, using our knowledge and experience to help negotiate and execute construction contracts, mitigate risk, resolve disputes, secure financing and handle local code-related issues. In this capacity, we have represented owners, developers, architects, contractors and subcontractors. See our Construction law page for more information.
We also regularly represent clients in front of planning, zoning and other governmental boards and in eminent domain proceedings.
Pretzel & Stouffer real estate attorneys advise clients on all issues related to commercial leasing, as well, including landlord-tenant relationships and lease preparation, negotiation and termination.