A Living Legacy: Buckley Fine Law’s experienced team of attorneys helps families and businesses plan for a successful future.
Nestled in a suburb outside Chicago, Buckley Fine Law provides big-firm experience with boutique service, strategically coupling corporate law with estate planning to help clients create lasting legacies.
When handling corporate transactional matters, estate planning attorneys are called upon to ensure estate tax planning and wealth restructuring are coordinated, especially if there is a sale of the family business or other changes in family dynamics. “Our firm provides superior estate planning and administration for clients that coordinates with our in-house corporate group to evaluate and assist clients with both personal and professional legal matters,” says Linda Fine, managing partner.
This approach is made possible by the firm’s attorneys, seasoned professionals who work collaboratively for each client and value building long-lasting relationships to assist throughout the generations. “We are familiar with our clients and their families, many of whom have been with us for 15 to 20 years,” says David Buckley, Jr., managing partner.
“Although we do transactional work, the client relationship is never based on a single transaction; it is long-term and based on their needs,” he continues. “We help people from the beginning to establish their business and handle anything from routine employment contracts to mergers and acquisitions. It is rewarding to see a client’s successes as the company grows, requiring advice on the purchase or sale of other businesses and succession planning.”
Fine adds the same is true for estate planning services. “We may become involved when a client first starts planning for their future. Then, throughout their lives, we address our clients’ changing needs, helping them protect their wealth as they plan for it to pass to the next generation,” she explains.
The attorneys at Buckley Fine are highly engaged and strive to make clients feel comfortable when seeking legal advice. “People think talking to an attorney is scary,” explains Buckley. “Our consultations are conversational and are used to learn the client’s needs, identify their concerns, and explain the process.”
“We keep communications friendly and simple, presenting information clearly so clients feel comfortable,” adds Fine.
Transparency and integrity mean clients openly share details of their lives knowing their attorneys are there to proactively plan for their future and ensure the best possible outcome for their family.
“It is never too soon to put an estate plan in place,” advises Fine. “We can help families prevent potential disputes so there is nothing to argue about later.”
“We start discussions with clients early,” says Buckley. “We raise options and opportunities to help them start the decision-making process to achieve the best results for the future.”