Focusing on Trust and Estate Litigation, Tax Planning and Controversies and Intellectual Property Matters

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Estate and Trust Litigation: Hicks, Mims, Kaplan & Burns represents clients in probate and trust litigation, as well as administration and conservatorship litigation and representation matters.  These include will and trust contests; contested and non-contested conservatorship cases, contested accountings, trustee, executor and administrator removal matters, elder abuse matters, estate and trust property recovery actions and seeking attendant provisional relief and remedies.

Tax Planning and Controversies: During the course of our tax practice, we prepare estate planning documents, transactional business documents, ruling requests, protests, briefs and opinion letters and disclosure documents. Our tax controversy practice involves both administrative and judicial proceedings. Our tax practice also includes compliance and collection matters. We often represent individual and business clients in non-filing, tax fraud, payroll tax and collection matters. These often involve negotiations with tax authorities, which result in the abatement of penalties, the compromise of tax liabilities pursuant to offers in compromise or the acceptance of an installment payment arrangement.

Intellectual Property and Entertainment: Many of our business and entertainment clients derive a substantial portion of their income and net worth from their copyrights, trademarks, licenses and other intellectual properties. Unfortunately, intellectual properties are often misappropriated by improper accountings, infringement, counterfeiting, grey marketing and other kinds of unlawful and unfair competition. 

Core Values

Responsiveness, results and value. These are the principles that have guided us since 1983. Whether we are drafting transactional documents, planning your estate, or litigating an elder abuse claim on your behalf, we use proven and established technologies to keep you constantly informed and obtain cost-effective results. Your correspondence, pleadings and other documents are scanned and organized so that they can be instantaneously accessed, and immediately delivered to anywhere in the world by e-mail or the Cloud. We also maintain an extensive library of computerized forms, pleadings and legal research to quickly respond to your inquiries and legal emergencies.