Practice Areas

ESTATE PLANNING AND ADMINISTRATION

  • Estate and gift taxes are generally “penalty taxes” due to lack of adequate planning. Merritt Watson LLP employs “state-of-the-art” estate planning techniques to reduce or eliminate the tax liability resulting from moving wealth from one generation to the next. The firm’s lawyers have an extensive background in estate and trust law, estate administration, tax planning, accounting, and financial planning. This experience, combined with the firm’s significant commitment to this important practice area, assures that your individually tailored estate plan will maximize the efficiency of your estate and minimize your transfer tax liability.

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TAXATION

  • Income taxes affect virtually every aspect of your business, investment and financial affairs. Merritt Watson LLP utilizes the comprehensive tax background of its professionals to offer a full service tax practice to its clients. The firm has specialists in all areas of taxation including:
  • Ad Valorem
  • Collection
  • Individual
  • IRS Audits
  • Sales & Use
  • Bankruptcy
  • Corporate
  • International Law
  • Partnership
  • State & Local

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BUSINESS PLANNING

  • The legal environment in which businesses must operate continues to increase in complexity. Our services encompass a broad spectrum of business planning, such as business organizations, mergers, and acquisitions, financing, liquidations, creditor protection, distribution, franchising, employment contracts, shareholder and partner agreements and commercial transactions. Merritt Watson LLP utilizes its extensive background in business planning to enable its clients, whether corporations, partnership or individuals to effectively organize and deal with typical business problems.

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INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICE

  • Merritt Watson LLP offers legal services to international clients who are involved in both incoming and outgoing business and investment transactions. Within our international business planning practice, we assist our clients with federal and state law issues, contract and dispute negotiations, mergers and acquisitions of closely held businesses, distribution and licensing agreements, import/export transactions, and immigration matters. We have enjoyed building a network of contacts with law practitioners and business professionals around the world, and we look forward to continued growth in this area of our legal practice.

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REAL ESTATE

  • Merritt Watson LLP real estate clients include commercial and residential developers, general contractors, foreign investors, real estate syndicators, banks and mortgage companies, and single-family homebuilders and homeowners. We provide cost effective real estate services which include the areas of commercial and residential land acquisition, development, and sales, and various real estate programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • We also have experience in landlord and tenant matters and in negotiating and drafting complex leases covering all forms of real property, including ground lease and sale-leaseback transactions. As part of our banking and mortgage lending practice, we are involved in the negotiation and closing of acquisitions and development loans, construction and line of credit loans, long term financing, refinancing workouts, foreclosures, and reorganization proceedings.

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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS, PENSION PLANS AND PROFIT SHARING / ERISA

  • In many instances, an IRS approved retirement plan is the single best tax shelter available to business owners and is a major source of financial security for the future. In addition, employers are increasingly expected to provide both welfare benefit programs such as health insurance or cafeteria plans, and retirement programs such as 401(k) savings plans, profit sharing plans, or pension plans. Many executives are also considering special deferred compensation arrangements.
  • Merritt Watson LLP provides advice and assistance on all matters pertaining to welfare and retirement benefits – including tax and estate planning objectives. Related services involve the preparation and implementation of such welfare benefit and retirement plans, obtaining IRS approval, working with employers to make these plans operational, and providing ongoing administration for these plans.

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