Individual Representation

Ellis Painter is a “full-service” firm for its individual clients while maintaining the efficiencies and personal attention afforded by a firm of its size.  From will drafting, to home purchases, to domestic issues, our attorneys are here to assist you with your personal legal needs.  To learn more about Ellis Painter’s areas of expertise in individual representation, please view the topics listed below.

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Estate Planning and Trusts

Ellis Painter’s trusts and estates attorneys provide experienced estate planning services to clients of all levels of wealth and financial security in creating and implementing a wide variety of estate plans.  Attorneys in the firm utilize innovative yet tested strategies to meet the goals of its clients with respect to the transfer of wealth to successive generations, working closely with the client’s own accountants or tax advisors, when appropriate.   The firm assists clients in the analysis, planning and administration of their estates to ensure proper disposition of assets and minimization of taxes.  Because our attorneys have considerable experience in complimentary areas of law, such as real estate, tax, retirement plan design, deferred compensation, family law, corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies among others, we are able to provide comprehensive representation to clients.  Services provided by the firm to help clients provide for the transfer of wealth to future generations include:

  • Simple Wills
  • Complex Wills to Minimize Federal Estate Tax Due
  • Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts
  • Life Insurance Trusts
  • Charitable Trusts
  • QTIP Trusts
  • Personal Residence Trusts
  • Credit Shelter Trusts
  • Durable Power of Attorney and Health Care Directives
  • Planning for Asset Transfers to Heirs through Family Limited Partnerships
  • Family business continuity protection
  • Asset Protection Planning; Pre-Nuptial Agreements, Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • Gifting
  • Powers of attorney and advance medical directives


Ellis Painter’s trusts and estates attorneys represent fiduciaries such as administrators, executors and trustees, advising them on the administration of trust or estate assets.  We handle all aspects of trust and estate administration including the probate of estates and distribution of trusts.  The firm’s attorneys are experienced in matters involving:

  • Probate Litigation
  • Estate Administration
  • Will Contests

Residential Real Estate

Ellis Painter attorneys assist clients in the purchase and sale of residential property, stressing the importance of customizing the “standard contract” to protect and fit the particular needs of each client. Services include:

  • Home Closings
  • Title Abstracts
  • Title Insurance
  • Residential Real Estate Trusts
  • Deed preparation
  • Mortgages
  • Lease drafting and negotiation
  • Representation of Homeowners and Condominium Associations
  • Conservation Easements and Trusts

Domestic and Family Law

Recognizing the hardship and difficulties often associated with domestic and family situations, the firm strives to handle these matters with the utmost professionalism and care. While aggressively representing our clients, the firm is mindful that efficient and reasonable solutions are often the best course in dealing with domestic and family situations.  The attorneys practicing domestic and family law are skilled at handling a wide variety of matters including divorce (contested and uncontested), modifications of alimony and child support orders, contempt actions, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and legitimation actions.

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