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Business Counseling

As any business owner can tell you, running a business is a 24/7 commitment that involves navigating endless obstacles, including state and federal regulations, tax laws, and employment issues, all while trying to make sure that your business is successful. Whether you are contemplating starting a new business or you have been in business for years, having experienced, knowledgeable attorneys on your side is an invaluable resource. We can help ease the burdens of business owners. Our business counseling services are comprehensive, including initial business formation, preparation and review of contracts, business succession planning, reorganization, restructuring, leasing, purchases and sale and other transactions.

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Business Succession Planning

When you've worked hard to build a successful business, one of your biggest concerns can be finding a way to pass your company to your children and subsequent generations with minimal tax consequences or interruption in operations, so that you continue to maximize your return after you've turned over the reins. It's often a complex process, and there are a number of different ways to accomplish your objectives. You want to work closely with an experienced and knowledgeable business succession planning lawyer, so that you implement the plans best suited to your needs.

At Daniel I. Ward & Associates, P.C, in Voorhees, we bring more than 30 years of practice experience to individuals and businesses throughout New Jersey.

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Tax Controversy

Tax law is complex, and dealing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state taxing agencies can be intimidating. You should not do so without competent legal counsel. A tax controversy with the IRS or other government agency can take a business or individual through complicated and challenging stages: administrative audits, appeals, post-appeals mediation, and litigation in federal court.

Our goal is to resolve a tax controversy at the earliest possible point while securing the best possible settlement for our clients.

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Estate and Trust Administration

When a loved one passes away, the specter of probate and estate administration can be quite overwhelming. When already saddled with the grief that accompanies loss, the last thing you need is the stress of navigating this process alone. If you are the named executor, court appointed administrator/personal representative, or a beneficiary that needs help understanding your rights, our staff can help guide you through every step of the process.

In addition, our attorneys are equipped to represent your interests in any estate related dispute, including but not limited to claims of fraud, undue influence, or breach of fiduciary duty. We are also experienced in guardianship matters for minors or incapacitated persons, and can take you through the process.

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Estate Planning

If you have built a substantial net worth, but you haven't put any estate planning into place, or you recognize the need to revise your estate planning, you want a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer to guide you through the process, someone who has worked with other wealthy individuals to effectively protect their assets for future generations. We can help.

At Daniel I. Ward & Associates, P.C. we have provided complex and comprehensive estate planning services to high net worth individuals in New Jersey and Florida for more than three decades.

Because our practice is complex and specialized, integrating tax, estate and transactions planning, we rely heavily

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Real Estate

If you are looking to buy or sell real property, chances are it's one of the most substantial legal transactions of your life, both in terms of the dollar amount involved and the documentation required. Buy-sell agreements, deeds, mortgages, easements, restrictive covenants—these are almost always part of the purchase or sale of real estate. Seemingly minor errors in any of these documents can cost you significant time and money. You want an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to guide you through the process.

We bring more than three decades of hands-on experience to individuals and businesses in matters related to the sale or purchase of real property. We offer comprehensive real estate counsel in New Jersey and in Florida.

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Tax Planning

If you have a high net worth estate and you're evaluating your estate and tax planning options, chances are strong that a significant and effective component will involve charitable giving, either through the creation of your own foundation or charity, or by including other charities in your planned giving. The strategies and options can be complex, though—you want an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to guide you through the process, so that you maximize your tax benefits and ensure that your dollars go to worthy organizations. The Law Offices of Daniel I. Ward & Associates, P.C. can help.

At Daniel I. Ward & Associates, P.C. we bring more than 30 years of practice experience to individuals and businesses in New Jersey and Florida.

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Tax Planning Through Change in Domicile

If you are a New Jersey resident, you may or may not know that, in addition to state income taxes, New Jersey is one of a number of states that also impose a state estate tax, as well as a state death or inheritance tax. Recent legislation will repeal the estate tax, effective January 1, 2018, but New Jersey residents will still be subject to the inheritance tax, imposed on siblings, nieces and nephews of a decedent (spouses and children are exempt).

The state of Florida, on the other hand, currently has no state income tax and not state death/inheritance tax. Consequently, if you are a New Jersey resident and you want to reduce your potential tax liability, becoming a resident of Florida can help you do that. But it's not an easy process.

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