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Estate Planning & Trust Administration for Families With Businesses, Real Estate, Art, and/or Collectables

Sustaining Family Wealth and Control over Generations

For over 130 years, Erskine & Erskine—with the objective of sustaining family wealth and control of assets over generations—has provided estate planning, business succession planning, and trust administration services for high net worth families holding common and nontraditional assets such as family businesses, real estate holdings, art and highly valued collectables. Erskine & Erskine’s comprehensive approach provides the best in planning, bringing together core elements of estate management, tax planning, risk planning, and trust services to formulate plans that fit your goals.

Estate Planning and Family Business Succession Planning

About 30% of family businesses survive into their second generation. Only 12% make it to their third generation. While the odds of family businesses surviving multiple generations are pretty dismal, the results do not have to be that way. The most common reason for the failure of family businesses is a lack of succession planning, which is easily avoidable. Proper succession planning maximizes opportunities and facilitates the creation of a multigenerational business; it also preserves the missions and values of the founder and current leader long after they are gone.

Led by a fourth-generation trust-and-estates attorney, Erskine & Erskine has experience with multiple generations of Massachusetts family businesses working collaboratively or clashing over their family enterprise. Experience enables the attorneys at Erskine & Erskine to anticipate future consequences of today’s actions and provide clients with a better roadmap to the future. To read more, please view these articles:

Estate Planning for Estates with Art, Collectables, and Numismatics

Art, collectibles, gemstones, precious metals, numismatics, and similar items also know as nontraditional assets may create significant hurdles for your estate plan. At Erskine & Erskine, estate planning for estates with nontraditional assets is a core competency. The highly experienced trust and estates attorneys at Erskine & Erskine will help your family avoid taxes and maintain control of your family wealth, especially highly valued collections and art.

Managing and protecting the assets and interests of collectors requires specialized knowledge of tax statutes and legal guidelines. To read more about how Erskine & Erskine assists owners of valuable collections in Massachusetts and across the nation in safely and wisely preserving their collections, please view these articles:

What Comprises an Estate and What Is Estate Planning?

Estates are comprised of all property owned by a person prior to distribution via a trust or will. Simple estates possess property including cars, a home, household items, publicly traded stocks, bonds, IRAs, and bank accounts. Larger estates may hold multiple real estate investments; one or several family businesses; and collectibles like art, gold, gold bullion, and numismatics. Naturally, larger estates with more complex holdings require additional strategy.

Estate planning is the process by which an individual or family prepares for the transfer of assets in anticipation of a person’s death. While ultimately determined by those bequeathing the estate, estate planning typically aims to preserve as much wealth as possible for beneficiaries while maintaining flexibility for the person or persons prior to death. When estate planners strategize with an individual or family about an estate plan, some major concerns are the control of assets and the impact of federal and state taxes on the estate. Quality estate planning includes a comprehensive approach that brings together core elements of estate management, tax planning, risk planning, and trust services to formulate plans that fit your goals.

MA Estate Planning Attorney Services with Erskine

In addition to planning for the transfer of assets after your passing, estate planning creates a plan for while you are still alive. Erskine & Erskine’s attorneys discuss and develop your estate plans to meet your goals and objectives, including powers of attorney, healthcare proxies, and trust administration. They make sure your wishes are not only fulfilled while you are competent, but also safeguarded in the event that you become incapacitated and require outside management.

For over 130 years, the attorneys/estate planners at Erskine & Erskine have been providing strategic estate planning services to families in Massachusetts. Going beyond the basics of a typical estate plan, an Erskine & Erskine attorney meets with you to evaluate the options available for the family. Erskine attorneys are adept at dealing with families who have complex assets including family businesses, real estate holdings, and valuable collectables. Erskine & Erskine has the experience and tools to protect family assets and wealth for future generations. Bringing together core elements of estate planning, estate management, tax planning, risk planning, and trust services, Erskine & Erskine formulates plans that fit your objectives and instill you with the confidence and peace of mind to pursue your goals.

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Sustaining Family Wealth and Control Over Generations

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Family Owned

Founded by William T. Forbes in 1876, Erskine & Erskine has assisted generation after generation of many distinguished families – both here in New England and around the world  – to gain certainty and peace-of-mind with respect to their financial health and personal legacies.

Family Operated

A fourth-generation owner and operator, Matthew F. Erskine carries on the legacy of those before him. Providing the peace-of-mind and security made possible only through high-quality service, Matt’s focus is ultimately the comfort and happiness of those he serves.

Family Oriented

With more than a century of estate planning experience, Erskine & Erskine has developed an effective approach to forming successful partnerships. Focusing on your priorities, Erskin & Erskine can map your course to a more effective succession plan.