The Nelson Law Firm of Bluffton
A Limited Liability Company
Our Services
We can help you with a wide variety of estate, probate, tax, and business services.  Our services are available anywhere in South Carolina, but our location is meant to serve Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, Beaufort County, Colleton County, Jasper County, and Hampton County.  In addition, our tax audit and collection representation can help anyone with their federal or South Carolina state tax matters.
  1. Estate Planning
    Whether your estate is large or small, we are prepared to provide you and your family with the guidance you need to reduce estate taxes, reduce income taxes, and reduce the hassles associated with probate.
    Estate Planning; Last Will and Testament; Revocable Trust; Living Trust; Family
    The typical documents needed by all individuals are a Last Will and Testament, a Durable (financial) Power of Attorney, a Health Care Power of Attorney, and a Living Will (also called a Declaration of a Desire for a Natural Death). In some cases a Revocable (or living) Trust Agreement may be desired. In addition to these documents, we are able to provide you with complex estate planning services, including Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Qualified Personal Residence Trusts, and other advanced irrevocable trust planning.
  2. Tax Audit and Collection Representation
    Dealing with the Internal Revenue Service or South Carolina Department of Revenue ("SCDOR") can be a stressful time. Allow us to take that burden from you.
    IRS; SCDOR; South Carolina Department of Revenue; Audit; IRS Notice; Tax Lien; Tax Levy; wage garnishment
    Interactions with the IRS or SCDOR can be classified into two main stages: examinations (or audits) and collections. At an audit, the taxing authority is attempting to determine what you owe. During collections, the taxing authority is attempting to collect that amount. Each of these stages has its own set of rules that can be confusing. Experience dealing with the IRS and SCDOR is critical in achieving the best result. We can provide this experience.
  3. Business Formation
    Almost all businesses are now conducted in some form of entity - be that a limited liability company, partnership, or corporation. Which one is right for your business is a question we can help answer.
    Business Formation; tax advice; tax planning; LLC; corporation; incorporation
    Income taxes play a large role in the selection of the appropriate business entity. There is no "One Size Fits All" approach to entity formation. We can help you make the right decision.
  4. Probate Administration & Litigation
    Despite the best planning, the probate process can be confusing and time consuming. Allow us to help guide you through the probate administration process.
    Last Will and Testament; Probate Court
    During the probate process, a Personal Representative (formerly called an Executor) is appointed to gather the assets of the decedent, dispense with the decedent's debts, and distribute the remaining assets in accordance with the decedent's will. There are numerous forms that must be filed during this process. Our experience can help make this process as stress-free as possible. When a dispute arises because of abuses of power by a Personal Representative, the interpretation of certain provisions of a will, or even the validity of a will, we can also help.
  5. Guardianships and Conservatorships
    When someone is no longer capable of making their own decisions, a guardian and/or a conservator may be appointed by the probate court to make decisions on behalf of the incapacitated individual.
    Elder law; guardianship; conservatorship; conservator; guardian; power of attorney; medical power of attorney; incapacity
    Generally speaking, a guardian is charged with the care of the individual's person and a conservator is charged with the care of the individual's finances. The processes to have a guardian or conservator appointed are similar and involve the visit of a professional who can assist the court in making the determination as to an individual's competency. If someone you know is unable to make their own decisions, please contact us and we can help guide you through the process.
  6. Mergers and Acquisitions
    If you are contemplating buying or selling a business, contact us to discuss the structure of the sale and to ensure that the risks associated with the sale are minimized.
    M&A; mergers and acquisitions; selling a business; buying a business; tax consequences; Asset Purchase Agreement; Agreement for Sale and Purchase
    The sale of a business usually starts with a non-binding letter of intent and non-disclosure agreement, and culminates with an Agreement for Purchase and Sale. Along the way several decisions need to be made, including whether to sell the assets of the business or the stock (or other equity interests) in a company, whether to seller-finance the transaction, and what representations and warranties should and should not be made. We are here to prepare the necessary documentation, coordinate the closing and give advice along the way.
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