Construction & Development

We provide a range of services to owners, contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, banks and other lending institutions.

Our lawyers handle matters involving construction projects and disputes, including project financing, contract preparation, mechanic’s liens and bond and surety claims.

We represent developers within a broad range of commercial real estate and commercial financing transactions, including the purchase and sale of real estate, the negotiation and documentation of commercial loans and the planning and execution of tax free exchanges.

We also assist development clients in structuring transactions to provide optimal after-tax results.

Estate Planning & Probate

Our estate planning and probate practice includes the implementation of a basic estate plan, usually involving wills and revocable trusts.

Specialty estate planning may also be implemented, which can include family limited partnerships, grantor retained annuity trusts, generation-skipping and dynasty trust planning, irrevocable life insurance trusts, charitable trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, private foundations, conservation easements and ante-nuptial agreements.

We work with individuals, corporate trustees and executors in estate administrative matters, assisting with will and trust analyses, filing with local probate courts, taxing authorities, transferring assets to estate beneficiaries and more.

We assist clients with planning to minimize asset transfer taxes, establishing wealth transfer goals and developing long-term succession plans.

We also provide clients with tax advantaged asset transfer strategies and work closely to develop and implement plans for the transfer of assets from older to younger generations with a minimum estate tax cost and a reduced family administrative burden.

Real Estate

We represent regional banks, developers and landlords within a wide range of commercial real estate and financing transactions, including the purchase and sale of real estate, negotiation and documentation of commercial loans, arrangements between landlords and tenants and the planning and execution of tax free exchanges.

Our real estate practice includes services relating to the acquisition, sale, development, construction, leasing and financing of real property. We have significant experience in representing the borrowers with HUD construction, refinancing transactions and assisting clients with structuring non-simultaneous like-kind and reverse like-kind exchanges.

Our title insurance agency provides title insurance and escrow services in conjunction with real estate closings.

This ability to provide business, tax and real estate legal services forms a complete package of representation for clientele.

Healthcare

 

We provide a wide range of legal healthcare services primarily related to the long-term care industry and specifically tailored to clients’ individual needs.

We counsel clients regarding the acquisition, disposition, closure, leasing and construction of skilled nursing facilities. We work closely with clients to obtain the best results on issues such as representations and warranties, indemnification obligations in the event of a breach of a representation or warranty, compliance with Federal Stark, Anti-Kickback and HIPAA statutes, state licensure, certificates of need requirements, billing of private and governmental payers and traditional and HUD financing.

We work with the executive team of an association consisting of 350 skilled nursing facilities to assure compliance with the complex maze of federal and state laws and regulations and also assist with contracts on behalf of the facilities with insurance companies, managed care organizations, service providers and vendors.

In addition, we assist physicians and dentists with tax, business and estate planning, the purchase and sale of practices and practice issues, such as valuation, non-compete agreements and employment contracts.

We also formed a health insurance company in Ohio designed to provide both commercial health insurance and Medicaid managed care.

Business

We provide an array of business services to meet the needs of a diverse business clientele. These services include entity formation (limited liability companies, partnerships and corporations), new business tax planning, advice regarding employer/employee matters, buy-sell arrangements, contract and lease negotiations, mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, divestitures and other transaction matters.

We also assist start-up ventures in raising capital, obtaining financing and preparing sophisticated compensation arrangements to attract and retain key employees.

Taxation

The general taxation practice, which encompasses federal and state tax planning, compliance, audit, appeal and litigation, represents our foundation.

Tax planning is associated with business and real estate transactions and includes strategies for structuring tax-free mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, tax-advantaged asset and equity transactions and business reorganizations for optimum after-tax results.

We help corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies organize and structure their operations to minimize federal and state income tax consequences.

We have extensive experience dealing with professional athletes regarding state tax domicile and tax issues as well as the creation and administration of private foundations and other non-profit organizations. Currently, we represent over 75 active and retired professional athletes and coaches.

We have significant experience dealing with the IRS and other tax regulatory bodies with helping clients respond to federal and state notices, audits and appeals.

We also work closely with real estate counsel and have assisted purchasers and sellers with over 100 sophisticated like-kind and reverse like-kind exchanges.