400 East Court Avenue, Suite 346
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Matthew Whitaker, Christopher Hagenow

William Gustoff

what we do
Estate Planning * Probate * Wills * Trusts
Charitable Planning * Business Transition Planning

Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff, LLP counsels clients in all aspects of trusts and estates, ranging from routine wills to complex estate plans. The bulk of the firm’s estate planning practice consists of preparing wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other estate planning documents. Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff, LLP also has experience in the administration of estates and trusts, the administration of conservatorships and guardianships, and trust and estate litigation.

Effective estate planning often requires much more than a traditional will or trust, however, and the estate planning attorneys at Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff, LLP have significant experience in addressing complex planning issues with creative ideas. They routinely advise clients on the creation and implementation of planning tools such as revocable and irrevocable trusts, gifting programs, family limited partnerships, and a wide array of planning tools to accomplish diverse estate planning goals. Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff, LLP also works with owners of closely-held businesses to structure an orderly and effective transition of the business from one generation to the next.

Finally, we know that many clients are concerned not only with getting personal and business assets to their heirs in a tax-efficient manner, but also with the family legacy they leave behind as a member of their local community. The estate planning attorneys at Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff, LLP have significant experience in helping clients incorporate their personal and family philanthropic goals into their estate plans with a variety of planned giving and charitable planning techniques.