|We created Armstrong Bristow Farley & Schwarzschild PLC with the simple goal of giving our clients the best of both worlds – sophisticated advice combined with personal service. Most of our partners have experience in large law firms, and we continue to provide the same experienced advice that our clients enjoyed in a large law firm setting but with the personal attention that we can provide in a small, specialized firm.
Our clients also are well served by our experienced non-attorney professionals all who have more than 15 years of experience in administering estates and trusts.
Estate planning often involves the transfer and management of assets during lifetime as well as properly passing assets to the next generation at death. Our clients are driven by both tax and non-tax goals – avoiding or minimizing estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes as well as family considerations that call for carefully tailored dispositions of property. These factors and others are an integral part of every estate plan we prepare.
Planning for the disposition of family wealth is only half of the equation – every estate plan eventually has to be administered to carry out the client’s wishes. Because good execution is just as important as proper planning, we often serve as executor or trustee when requested to do so. We also regularly advise family members and others who are tasked with administering an estate or trust.
Sometimes even the best planning and administration cannot prevent disputes regarding an estate or trust. In those circumstances we assist our clients in reaching an appropriate settlement.