Our business clients are seldom just businesses – they are people, families, whose ultimate motivators often have as much to do with love, duty, and gratitude as with profit and loss. They are justly proud of their success, but the ability to provide for their spouses, children, and grandchildren – as well as the causes and institutions they support – anchors their pride. Kleinbard’s growing Trusts and Estates Group is dedicated to providing our clients with practical advice that is customized to meet their specific goals, family circumstances, and needs in a cost-efficient manner. Our team has a wide-range of experience in representing clients at all levels of wealth and with varying family complexities. We pride ourselves on being counselors to our clients and take a holistic and creative approach to estate planning, by analyzing the client’s individual, family and business needs to develop a comprehensive estate plan that preserves, protects, and grows wealth and minimizes tax consequences on asset transfers. We handle both simple and complex estate and trust administrations with a compassionate approach and offer creative cost-saving solutions. We advise executors, personal representatives, and trustees on all phases of administration for both estates and trusts, including required or permissible distributions, tax matters, fiduciary duties, accountings to beneficiaries, and many other aspects of fiduciary law.
Successful business executives and professionals often accumulate significant wealth in tax-qualified retirement accounts, either 401(k) plans or similar employer-sponsored plans, or in individual retirement accounts (traditional IRAs or Roth IRAs). We guide clients through the choices those plans present, especially when the plan participant changes jobs or retires, or when the plan participant dies and executors and beneficiaries face decisions.
We can help clients fit these special assets into comprehensive plans for retirement income, estate distribution, and charitable giving, while reducing the impact of income and death taxes.
We also assist clients with establishing benefit programs for their businesses and employees, and with creating health savings accounts and Archer medical savings accounts for themselves or others.