Nationwide Leaders in Tax, Estate & Business Succession planning Legal Services

Innovative Legal Representation

  • comprehensive Estate Planning
  • trust & estate litigation
  • TAX-ADVANTAGED PLANNING

  • business succession planning

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Hargrove Firm is proud to be the exclusive provider of online estate planning legal services for the NetLaw Platform.  NetLaw’s web-based application makes the Hargrove Firm’s premium legal services extensible and available in all 50 states for financial advisors and their clients.

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Hargrove Firm is a deeply experienced legal practice with an understanding of both the legal and financial aspects of estate planning, trust & estate litigation, tax planning, business succession planning, elder care, and special needs planning.

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ESSENTIAL ESTATE PLANNING

First Step Planning, a term coined by founder Jamie Hargrove, is an effective starting point to ensure that your fundamental estate planning needs are met.  Our method is fast, efficient, meet your most basic estate planning needs at a low cost. As part of the planning process, we’ll identify any additional estate planning issues which need to be addressed by conducting a review of your insurance, investment, disability, and retirement plans. If needed, we will guide you to the appropriate professionals for further assistance.

Last Will & Testament: Hargrove Firm believes that everyone needs a Will regardless of age and net worth. A will serves the following critical needs in the event of death:

  • Indicates how your personal effects and other assets are to be distributed at death
  • Designates an executor or personal representative to carry out your wishes
  • Designates a guardian for any children who are under the age of majority at your death
  • Designates some to make health care and end-of-life decisions on your behalf under a general durable power of attorney
  • Appoints an individual to handle your financial affairs if you become disabled or incapacitated

Designation of Health Care Surrogate: Appoints an individual to make your healthcare decisions if you become disabled or otherwise incapacitated.

HIPAA Authorization: Authorizes the release of information by your healthcare providers in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Living Will Declaration: Instructs your physicians with regard to life-prolonging measures and medical treatment if your health is in a state of irreversible decline and death is imminent.

In addition to traditional estate planning engagements with the Hargrove Firm, the estate planning matters above can be addressed by working with a financial advisor through the NetLaw Platform™. Learn more about our online estate plannning option, powered by NetLaw.

ADVANCED ESTATE PLANNING

Wealth Transfer and Tax Planning: The Hargrove Firm utilizes wealth transfer planning strategies to minimize (or altogether eliminate) estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes using a variety of trusts, limited liability entities, and other strategies including:

  • Marital deduction and credit shelter trusts (A/B trusts)
  • Qualified Terminable Interest Property trusts (QTIPs) and Qualified Domestic Trusts (QDOTs)
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILITs)
  • Generation-Skipping Trusts (GSTs)
  • Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (QPRTs)
  • Intentionally Defective Grantor Trusts (IDGTs)
  • Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs)
  • Installment sales to IDGTs, private annuities, and Self-Canceling Installment Notes (SCINs)
  • Discount valuation planning and estate freezing with Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs) and Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)
  • Counseling on the estate and income tax aspects of required minimum distributions from retirement plans and IRAs

Business Succession Planning: Our planning strategies transition closely-held companies in a tax-efficient manner while maintaining productivity, profits, and harmony among partners (and their families).

Asset Protection Strategies: Asset protection strategies employ techniques such as captive insurance companies, self-settled spendthrift trusts, and various limited liability entities that can be established in Delaware or other jurisdictions, including offshore, under appropriate circumstances. We also help to establish property and financial rights related to matrimonial matters, including preparation of prenuptial agreements, agreements between unmarried couples and trust, estate, and tax advice related to divorce.

Charitable Gift Planning: We utilize charitable gift planning techniques that provide tax savings through the use of charitable remainder trust, private foundations, donor-advised funds, and other tax-exempt gifting vehicles.

TRUST & ESTATE LITIGATION

The firm’s Trust & Estate Litigation Group focuses on probate, trust, and fiduciary  disputes. Disagreements about wills, trusts, the probate process, and the actions or inactions of fiduciaries can be highly contentious. Luckily, there are many equitable solutions available that offer fairness to all parties involved and can help fulfill the wishes of the original asset holder.

The Hargrove Firm advises clients who are dealing with issues concerning trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, and estate with a particular focus on the representation of professional fiduciaries, and in all phases of litigation. These cases can often be complex and require experienced and sophisticated legal support. The Hargrove Firm’s attorneys have handled jury trials and bench trials in both state and federal courts, including at the appellate level. Their vast experience has prepared them to address whichever trust and estate litigation challenges might emerge.

Additional information on the practice is available here: Trust & Estate Litigation.

TRUST & ESTATE ADMINISTRATION

We advise executors and trustees, counseling them in all aspects of their fiduciary responsibilities. Clients who are named as executors or trustees can depend on the Hargrove Firm to navigate the legal process of estate and trust administration. Our professionals work to ensure that the decedent’s wishes are fulfilled with an efficient transfer of assets to named beneficiaries. Sometimes sensitive family issues give rise to conflicts, and if that happens, we have experience with mediation and litigation, including Will contests and beneficiary disputes.

Our work in Trust & Estate Administration ranges from the basic to the complex, including the following representative matters:

  • Preparation of estate tax returns and defense of positions taken on those returns
  • Execution of sophisticated estate planning transactions and other deals on behalf of the trustee or executor
  • Providing advice regarding tax issues and corporate matters that are specific to owners of real estate properties and closely-held businesses, as well as executives of public companies
  • Litigating cases in federal, state, and local courts where seemingly interminable conflicts have arisen with beneficiaries, creditors, or the Internal Revenue Service
ELDER LAW, VA BENEFITS & SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING

The Hargrove Firm is partnered with National Elder Care Law, PLLC, a national law firm dedicated to elder law, VA and special needs planning, among other legal issues related to the elderly. Through this partnership, we can help you make the best decisions to build and protect the future of your disabled children, veteran family members, and other beneficiaries seeking to preserve eligibility for various government benefit programs.

Professionals on our team will work with you and your loved ones to provide professional elder law and estate planning services with the goal to help protect not just your money, but what matters most in your life – peace of mind and quality of life for you and your loved ones.

Legal issues facing seniors include:

  • Protection and preservation of assets from catastrophic nursing home costs
  • Medicaid planning to lessen countable assets and qualify sooner for benefits
  • Considerations for income tax, capital gains taxes, and gift tax
  • VA benefits that may be available to veterans and their surviving spouses
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What Our Clients Are Saying

Our past and current clients listed on this page would be happy to speak with you about their experiences with the Hargrove Firm.

My clients expect full-service estate planning from me. Also, my clients are scattered across the United States. Jamie and the Hargrove Firm have not only brought some very unique tax and trust expertise to my practice, but also the ability to address complex client needs across the country.

Keith Knell

Attorney & President, One Trusted Advisor

Jamie is a creative tax lawyer who has built a talented team of professionals that have provided wise counsel to our family for over 25 years.

Jess Correll

Founder/CEO, First Southern National Bank

Moving from my role as CEO of Texas Roadhouse in Kentucky to the Executive Chairman & President of California-based California Pizza Kitchen, and now being in Texas as the CEO of Torchy’s Tacos, it has been instrumental that Jamie has a national tax and estate planning practice to give our family the consistent tax and planning expertise that we have needed.

G. J. Hart

CEO, Torchy’s Tacos | Former CEO, Texas Roadhouse, California Pizza Kitchen

get in touch

Find out what the expertly guided, empathetic legal advice can do for your legacy. From straightforward wills and trusts to complex business transactions, the professionals of Hargrove Firm are equipped to meet the challenge.

(877) 564-8716

info@hargrovefirm.com