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Contact our Estate Planning Attorneys:

Susan J. Burkenstock

Elkins, P.L.C. believes that representing individuals through the sometimes complicated and always sensitive area of estate planning is an important facet of its practice. Our attorneys assist clients with a variety of personal planning for individuals, including the preparation of wills and trusts, health care and financial decision making, planning for disabled family members, gifting programs, charitable giving, long-term care planning, retirement planning, business succession planning and marital property agreements. In addition to wills and trusts, our attorneys have prepared and structured agreements, including charitable remainder and lead trusts, trusts designed to hold life insurance and grantor retained annuity trusts. We have advised fiduciaries and beneficiaries of estates and trusts in negotiating settlements of family disputes, provided advice on valuation issues in gift and estate matters and have negotiated and structured corporate, real estate, partnership and other types of business transactions, including family partnerships and limited liability companies.

We have administered estates by assisting succession representatives through the probate process toward the ultimate goal of transferring assets from the decedent to his or her heirs. Our objective is to assist clients to successfully traverse the legal requirements associated with the process of succession law while maintaining and preserving the dignity of the wishes of the decedent and, at the same time, honoring and addressing the sometimes delicate and personal concerns of the family members left behind. Although amicable resolution is the goal, sometimes that is not possible and litigation becomes necessary. We have experience in litigating succession and trust issues.

Ms. Burkenstock is recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Administration and as a Board Certified Tax Specialist.


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