In these anxious economic times, businesses and private individuals need legal counsel they can trust in order to reduce uncertainty and mitigate risk.
For more than 30 years, Eckstein Law Firm, A Professional Corporation has assisted clients attempting to grow their businesses, secure their wealth and establish lasting legacies. Attorney Michael L. Eckstein can help you in areas related to:
-Estate planning and probate
-Business and corporate law
Knowledge that helps clients plan:
The last few years have seen changes in the regulatory and legislative landscape that heavily impact business planning. Whether you own a business or invest privately, you need up-to-the-minute information in order to assess your prospects in a rapidly changing market. At Eckstein Law Firm, Michael L. Eckstein stays current with the most reliable analyses of tax law and business regulations so you can be ahead of the curve.
Eckstein Law Firm has built a solid reputation for exceptional service over the course of three decades. Having consistently performed in a highly ethical and professional manner, Michael L. Eckstein has been honored with a perfect 5.0 AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and was named a Louisiana Super Lawyer for 2011.
1515 Poydras Street
New Orleans LA 70112
Preserving your family's wealth for future generations
Whether you're planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, Michael L. Eckstein, of Eckstein Law Firm, A Professional Corporation, can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:
-Estate tax issues
-Choosing the appropriate executor
Securing your legacy:
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term wellbeing and financial security can bring you comfort. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.
Draft your living will and last will and testament:
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.
Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to somebody besides a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, friend or charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your beloved pet decisions that might not reflect your desires.
Michael L. Eckstein can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.
Changing your will:
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. Michael L. Eckstein drafts valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.
Appointment of guardianship:
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets' care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.
-Individual and corporate tax planning
-Closely held business law
-Estate and gift taxation
-Mergers and acquisitions
-Entrepreneurial business law
-Professional sports law
-Real estate tax
-Tax controversy work at the city, state and federal level
-High-tech venture capital
-Representation of professional athletes
-Louisiana State Bar, 1979
-U.S. Tax Court, 1980
-U.S. Claims Court, 1980
-U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, 1980
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 1980
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1980
-Georgetown University, LL.M. in taxation, 1980
-Tulane University, J.D., 1979
-University of Kentucky, B.G.S., 1976
-New Orleans Bar Association
-Louisiana State Bar Association
-Real Property Section
-Probate and Trust Law Section
-Corporation and Business Law Section
-Intellectual Property Section
-American Bar Association
-Committee on Depreciation and Investment Tax Credit, 1982 - present
-Committee Capital Recovery and Leasing
-Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section
-Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
-Intellectual Property Law Section
-Forum Committee for the Entertainment and Sports Industries, 1980 present
-Sports Lawyers Association
-New Orleans Estate Planning Council
-"Treatment by an Owner of a Deferred Bonus Contained within a Professional Player Contract," Tax Ideas, Prentice-Hall, 1979;
- "Subchapter S Corporations-Are You Entitled to the Flow-Through Tax Attributes?" Louisiana Bar Journal, June, 1985;
-"Investment Credit and At-Risk Rules for S Corporations," S Corporations Tax Choices for Business Planning, Prentice-Hall, October 1985;
-"How A Sports Franchise Owner Treats a Deferred Bonus to a Player-Revised," The Sports Lawyer, 1992.
Certified Agent, National Basketball Players Association
Juris Doctorate, 1979
LL.M. in Taxation, 1980