The Adams and Reese Estate and Wealth Planning/Family Business Consulting Team encompasses one of the largest estate and trust groups throughout the southern United States. We represent some of the most venerable and recognized families in industries such as oil and gas as well as newer wealth from technology and real estate. In that spirit, Adams and Reese provides discrete and knowledgeable counsel for the management and preservation of multi-generational family assets.
But we go beyond the legal requirements of the family. Our attorneys often become a valued sounding board for personal and charitable decisions, an objective ear to resolve family conflicts and messenger of critical communications. Recommending resources that fit the unique circumstances and goals of each generation, Adams and Reese earns trust and loyalty that carry through a variety of life and business transitions.
We would describe our approach as creative yet cautious in blending smart estate and income tax strategies with an open-minded view of each family’s business and charitable goals. The same holds true in strategies to help the next generation manage wealth and their individual life pursuits. Attorneys on our team hold membership in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, are board certified in tax law or hold a Master’s in Taxation.
Drawing from other in-house resources as well as collaborating with a family’s other advisors, Adams and Reese brings knowledge of the real estate, oil and gas, intellectual property, environmental, maritime, transportation, timber, automotive and entertainment industries, among others.
Core Practice and Clients
Adams and Reese represents multi-generational family enterprises as well as the nonprofit organizations, foundations and educational institutions they have developed. Our primary areas of practice include:
Planning/Administration: integrating multi-generational estate plans while taking into account estate and gift tax and income needs. We manage compliance and reporting to minimize taxes for younger and older generations and assist with transfer of wealth, valuation and business succession planning. We also are experienced in trust and estate probate administration.
Trust and Estate Controversy: advising family members in conflict by understanding the dynamics of each family and their overall values — promoting family harmony through various tactics while mitigating risk of litigation.
Philanthropy: helping family members identify charitable goals and structuring of charitable giving, planning and development of remainder trusts, foundations and other vehicles to sustain philanthropy. We also assist frequently with management of charitable institutions founded by our clients, including charter schools and not-for-profit organizations.
Keeping the interests of family members in tune with their overall financial, business and charitable goals is a key strength of Adams and Reese attorneys. Contact us to learn why clients and their advisors trust us to offer straight talk and seasoned experience.
5.0/5.0 by a Associate on 03/02/12
5.0/5.0 by a Chief Legal Officer on 03/02/12
5.0/5.0 by a Member on 05/07/14
5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 03/13/13
5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 03/04/12
5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 08/17/12
5.0/5.0 by a Of Counsel on 03/15/12
Mr. Wolf represented a friend in a matter last year before the New Orleans City Council. He did very good work and communicated properly and well with... Read more
Mr. Wolf represented a friend in a matter last year before the New Orleans City Council. He did very good work and communicated properly and well with all parties. I commend him for his skills and effort even though he was ultimately unsuccessful.
5.0/5.0 by a Of Counsel on 05/12/10
5.0/5.0 by a Member on 05/07/12
5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 05/23/14
5.0/5.0 on 02/16/09
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5.0/5.0 on 02/16/09
5.0/5.0 on 09/13/13
5.0/5.0 on 04/25/11
Bill Brabec is an aggressive litigator. Bill has provided Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company with great legal representation in complex litig... Read more
Bill Brabec is an aggressive litigator. Bill has provided Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company with great legal representation in complex litigation matters. Bill Brabec is capable of handling the most complicated legal issues.
5.0/5.0 on 11/05/15
I've known Chris since college. He's bright, conscientious, and honest. I referred PI, a condo issue and got a recommendation on FL probate through hi... Read more
I've known Chris since college. He's bright, conscientious, and honest. I referred PI, a condo issue and got a recommendation on FL probate through him.
If he has a serious weakness, it is one that is almost like a parody of something a narcissist (not Chris - he's the kind of chap I'd like my teenaged daughter to marry - if one could look past the age difference of course) would say when asked his weakness during an interview. He avoids over-promising.
5.0/5.0 on 06/08/09
4.8/5.0 on 08/26/10
1.3/5.0 on 12/08/12
I contacted Mr Harwell to represent me in a landlord dispute. He wrote one letter of demand to my landlord, and when he received a counter demand, he... Read more
I contacted Mr Harwell to represent me in a landlord dispute. He wrote one letter of demand to my landlord, and when he received a counter demand, he immediately told me there would be no more pro bono work, this lawsuit would be expensive and time-consuming to litigate, and would not be worth it. I found him unprofessional and dismissive. I subsequently filed a counterclaim myself, and the landlord dropped their suit. I was totally unimpressed with Mr Harwell, and would recommend against him.
5.0/5.0 on 07/15/11
We used the office in Baton Rouge, they were very helpful and friendly. Read more