With a J.D, with honors from the University of Florida in 1994 and a LL.M in Taxation from UF in 2005, Thomas Shigo is well prepared to help his clients in his practice areas: wills, trusts, estate planning, guardianships, probate litigation, tax and business planning. But beyond the academic background, he brings a philosophy of thinking outside the box to find the best possible solutions for his clients. In addition, he makes that extra effort and pays attention to every detail to ensure he knows everything he can about his clients. By looking for that extra detail, he avoids problems down the road for his clients.
He says he's working all the time. But outside of work he enjoys saltwater fishing with his daughter and dabbing in software and electronics.
Business Law — We offer a full array of business and corporate law services, including business formation, business purchase, mergers, business planning, compliance, succession and contracts and licensing. Our corporate law attorneys have years of experience in the field and can assist you with any issue related to the operation of your business. Should the need for litigation arise, our team of business law attorneys will fight for the best possible outcome.
Business Succession — A successful business starts with a plan for formation, and it endures because of a plan filled with achievable goals and strategies. Don't let your business falter in the face of tragedy when an owner, shareholder or director dies suddenly. Create a strategy for your company's future through a business succession plan. Companies of all sizes should have a succession plan in place to help avoid internal disputes as well as potential failure. For a small business owner or entrepreneur, who built the business from the ground up, you want to know your business is going to succeed without any hiccups, and a solid succession plan is just one of the ways to help ensure your company's success.
Estate Planning — Many individuals think of estate planning as primarily about death and taxes. Estate planning, however, includes far more than preparing for death and avoiding taxes. The true purpose of proactive and well-crafted estate planning is to leave a legacy for your heirs. While death and taxes are undoubtedly important, they pale in comparison to your far more lasting legacy. Estate planning includes the development of wills, living wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care surrogates, guardianships and tax planning.
Probate — When a loved one has passed away, survivors are left with the difficult task of evaluating the deceased's assets. As you can imagine, this process can be emotional, and when family members cannot agree on dividing the assets, or if a will is in place, then the process can be overseen by the courts through probate. During probate, the assets of the deceased are identified and gathered, debts are paid, and the assets are distributed to the beneficiaries per the will. Probate is a necessary process in order to ensure that the decedent's outstanding debts are paid and that assets are passed to the proper beneficiaries. Probate is useful whether the decedent left a will or not.
Tax Law — Few things are as stressful as receiving a notice from the Internal Revenue Service or another taxing authority, such as the Florida Department of Revenue, that there is a problem with your taxes. our tax lawyers work not only to minimize the taxes our clients owe, but also to reduce their stress by taking the weight of dealing with the IRS, Florida Department of Revenue, or any other tax agency, off their shoulders.