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Practice Group Chair

Katherine Hart Crain

Couch White’s Private Client Services group offers sophisticated solutions for the various challenges facing high-net worth individuals and business owners. We provide these clients with interdisciplinary advice regarding such matters, which include business succession planning, estate planning, charitable planning, formation and operation of private foundations, trust and estate administration, real estate transactions, intra-family loans and giving arrangements, and, when needed, litigation.

The Firm’s representative experience includes:

  • Business succession planning: Our Personal Client Services team works directly alongside the distinguished Corporate Transactions group to create a highly personalized succession plan for the future of your business, tailoring the plan to fit the specific business and family involved. Our attorneys ensure that both the personal and business aspects of the transaction are fully considered.
  • Estate planning: We help clients create an estate plan that addresses estate and gift transfer taxes and family dynamics, with the goal of streamlining administration upon death and retaining wealth over multiple generations.  Where necessary, your plan will dovetail expertly with corporate succession documents.
  • Charitable planning & formation of private foundations: Our team provides advice with respect to all types of charitable gifts, including charitable trusts, formation of private foundations, and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Trust and Estate Administration: We represent executors and trustees appointed to administer the estates and trusts of loved ones who have passed. If business assets are included in the estate or trust, our team will also manage the conveyance of such interests with the preparation of all necessary corporate documents and certificates.
  • Real Estate: We assist our Private Clients with the purchase and sale of high end residential and commercial properties, providing the highest level of attention to detail and care.
  • IntraFamily Loans and Gifts: Our team regularly assists clients with intra-family transfers, such as loans, private mortgages, and annual gifts.
  • Litigation: A client of Couch White’s Private Client Services group has the full advantage of our Firm’s Litigation Group services when an issue arises that requires involvement in the courts.