Estate Planning Services
Each year, thousands of Americans die without leaving a will or any sort of estate plan to let those left behind know what their wishes were for the disposition of their property. Similarly, in the case of disability, illness, injury, or stroke, they have no written documents authorizing loved ones to handle their financial and health decisions on their behalf, often resulting in time-consuming and expensive legal proceedings to have a guardian appointed to protect their health and financial interests.
The Slutzky Law Firm provides individuals with the peace of mind that their loved ones are protected and provided for in the event of their physical or mental impairment or death.
Estate Planning and Assets Protection involves the careful use of Wills, Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorney, Health Care Surrogate Designations, and Living Wills to ensure you and your family members are protected while you are living as well as upon your death.
Proper Estate Planning can accomplish a number of things, such as providing for the care of minor children in the event of an unforeseen disability or death, protect and transfer assets and valuables to loved ones upon dying, and avoid or mitigate estate taxes. In some cases, it can also help to avoid the necessity of lengthy and expensive course proceedings.
Additionally, if the client is a business owner, proper estate planning can protect and ease the operation and ultimate transfer of ownership of the family business through prudent business succession planning.
We provide a free, no-obligation initial consultation to discuss your goals and concerns and discuss the type of estate planning that may be used to accomplish your own unique family situation.
The Slutzky Law Firm is available to counsel and guide you when you need the advice of a family attorney at a reasonable fee.
Estate Planning Services include:
- Revocable Living Trusts;
- Irrevocable Trusts;
- Living Wills;
- Health Care Surrogate Designation;
- Durable Powers of Attorney;
- Asset Protection;
- Elder Law;
- Guardianships/ Conservatorships;
- Advance Directives;
- Business Succession Planning;
- Special Needs Trusts;
- Beneficiary Review;
- Estate Tax Planning;
- Avoidance of Probate;
- Legacy Planning;
- Charitable Giving;
- Incapacity Planning;
- Spendthrift Trusts; and
- Many, Many More.
Business Law Services
While large corporations typically have several lawyers on their staff to advise them, small- and medium-sized businesses sometimes feel like they cannot afford full-time legal counsel. As the owner of two different businesses in diverse fields, Jerry Slutzky understands the needs and challenges of business owners.
The Slutzky Law Firm provides small and medium-sized business clients with the advice and services needed to start, operate, grow, and eventually sell or otherwise transfer ownership of a business. In addition, we advise you on how to protect your assets, minimize your losses assist you with business disputes, and aid in contract negotiation, drafting and enforcement.
We provide a free, no-obligation initial consultation to discuss your legal hopes and dreams and to determine whether or not we are a match for what you need from an attorney.
We recognize that many small business owners need legal guidance at an affordable price, we provide several payment plans to accommodate those needs, including an annual or monthly retainer, flat fee, or an hourly pay-as-needed basis.
Like your own in-house counsel, The Slutzky Law Firm is available to counsel and guide you when you need the advice without the cost of a full-time staff attorney.
New businesses: We can provide advice and guidance to the entrepreneur who wants to open a new business or purchase an existing business, including a detailed checklist of most of the things you must consider before the doors open to the public. This includes helping you to obtaining the appropriate licenses and permits, reviewing and negotiating leases and vendor contracts, preparation of documents designed to protect you from those who might seek to take advantage of you, establishment of the proper business entity to meet your objectives, and protecting you, the entrepreneur, from many of the potential land mines that exist in creating a new business.
Similarly, if you are purchasing an existing business or expanding your business through acquisition or merger with another business, we can provide advice and guidance to ensure you are obtaining valid ownership of the assets of the business, and through strategic alliances with your accountant and insurance advisor, protect you from some of the pitfalls that can occur in a business transaction.
Existing business: We can provide advice and guidance to existing business owners on how to improve their business to reduce the risk of potential liability from employees, co-owners, and other individuals and businesses. This includes helping you to provide for continued operation of the business (and maintain your income) should you become disabled, injured, or otherwise are unable to direct the business for an extended period of time.
In addition, we can help you with succession planning services, so that when the time comes to transfer ownership of your business through a voluntary sale, upon your death, or other circumstances, the transfer will be as smooth as is reasonably possible under the circumstances.
- Business plan development, review and counsel;
- Name selection and protection;
- Trademark & copyright guidance;
- Choice of business entity;
- Business entity formation;
- Operating and partnership agreements;
- Buy-Sell agreements;
- Corporate record-keeping and licensure compliance;
- Risk management;
- Employment and independent contractor agreements;
- Human resources and operations manual development;
- Non-Disclosure, confidentiality, and non-compete agreements;
- Drafting, negotiation and review of contracts for use with clients, customers, employees, and vendors;
- Strategic partnership agreements;
- Commercial dispute negotiation and resolution;
- Business succession planning;
- Preparation for and sale of your business;
- Business office or store lease review and negotiation;
- Connecting you to resources that can help you grow your business; and
- Many other related services.
Every now and then, you may find yourself facing a situations that may require the services of an attorney, but you may not know where to start or whom to call.
While The Slutzky Law Firm primarily handles estate planning and small business law matters, we are available to counsel and guide you when you need the advice of an attorney at a reasoanble fee. Note: We provide a free, no-obligation initial consultation to discuss your needs and legal concerns and to discuss the type of legal issues confronting you.
Our attorneys are well-versed in many areas of law, and can give you general legal counsel and advice in those areas. If your legal questions involve an issue in which we are not experienced or knowledgable, we will tell you so (without charge), and will attempt to recommend an attorney who is well-versed in the appropriate legal field. We have a wide network of attorneys practicing in most areas of the law to whom we can refer you.