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Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Estate Planning & Administration

The Estate Planning Group of Barrett McNagny offers clients comprehensive estate planning and administration services. Through personal attention and established relationships, our attorneys are able to provide clients with professional and efficient services enabling the client to accumulate wealth and plan for its orderly and tax-efficient transfer.

The attorneys of the Estate Planning Group work closely with a client to determine the client's objectives and individual desires regarding the transfer of their assets and assist in implementing the best plans to realize those goals. The Estate Planning Group uses sophisticated tax planning techniques utilizing devices such as Credit Shelter Trusts, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Qualified Personal Residence Trusts, and Family Limited Partnerships to minimize the client's estate tax liability and transfer the client's accumulated wealth to beneficiaries the client has selected in a manner which the client desires. Our attorneys work closely with the client's individual professional advisors, financial consultants, accountants, and insurance providers to achieve these objectives.

The Estate Planning Group also provides valuable services in the administration of decedents' estates. Our attorneys frequently assist individuals and entities in the administration of their duties as personal representatives or trustees, including providing advice regarding complex tax elections and preparing federal estate tax returns and and fiduciary income tax.

Fiduciary Services

The attorneys of the Estate Planning Group provide valuable advisory services to bank trust departments and trust companies regarding a trustee's fiduciary duties. These services include interpretation of complex trust agreements and legal opinions regarding the distributions permitted thereunder.

Charitable Giving

Charitable giving can be an extremely useful tool in the area of estate planning. The attorneys of the Estate Planning Group offer experience in the area of charitable giving and assist clients in fulfilling their charitable objectives through the use of a variety of techniques including Charitable Remainder Trusts, Charitable Lead Trusts and Private Foundations.

Additional Information

For additional information regarding Barrett McNagny's Estate Planning & Administration area of practice, please contact one of the attorneys listed below:

In the News

Philip A. Wagler appeared on Lawyers on Call on WPTA on December 12, 2012. Click on the links below to view the show. 

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