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Business Formation and Planning

The firm provides formation services for business owners including advice regarding choice of entity, multiple-entity structuring for tax planning and asset protection purposes, business succession planning, and other exit strategies. We advise clients regarding the ongoing maintenance of corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships to maintain liability protection for the owners. We recommend a business check-up to all of our business clients to evaluate the current structure of their business, the status of their liability protection, and possible changes to make their businesses more tax efficient and provide their owners maximum protection. We further advise our business clients and their owners regarding ownership succession and planning, including comprehensive buy-sell agreements.

Estate Planning and Asset Protection

The firm provides high-quality comprehensive estate planning services from simple wills to complex trusts and other vehicles to maximize the transfer of wealth to future generations while maintaining control, and asset protection services to assist in wealth preservation.

Tax Planning

The firm provides extensive tax planning services for business owners and individuals. The firm regularly advises clients regarding a variety of charitable tax planning strategies, including the formation and operation of charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, private foundations, supporting organizations and other tax-exempt charities.

Real Estate

Sumsion Steele & Crandall represents clients in various real estate transactions, including entitlements, developments, leases, purchases and sales. The firm also represents clients when disputes arise regarding the ownership, use, or other rights related to real proprety.

Business Transactions

The firm provides comprehensive representation and planning for the sale, merger or transfer of your business, including tax planning strategies to minimize the tax consequences of a transfer and completion of all documentation necessary to successfully complete a transfer.


The types of disputes in which businesses become involved are as varied as business is diverse. Sumsion Steele & Crandall aggressively and effectively assists clients in obtaining the benefits of their contracts, protecting their business and assets from attack, and obtaining relief for wrongs committed against them.

Personal Injury

Sumsion Steele & Crandall has extensive experience in personal injury claims of all kinds including injuries related to automobile accidents, trucking accidents, slip and fall accidents, motorcycle accidents, injuries caused by defective products, pharmaceutical mistakes, unsafe drugs and medications, medical products, medical malpractice and injuries due to unsafe conditions of any kind. Our experience often allows us to resolve claims without filing a lawsuit. There is no charge for our initial consultation and unlike many "personal injury" firms, you will speak and meet with an attorney.

Insurance Law

If you have concerns regarding insurance coverage, disputes with your insurance carrier or denied claims, Sumsion Steele & Crandall is prepared and qualified to assist. From evaluating your insurance coverage for adequacy and compliance with contractual obligations to challenging denials of health insurance benefits (ERISA) or insurance claims of any kind, we are prepared to work directly with your insurers or the insurers of others who are obligated to pay your claims. We can also assist in situations where coverage is disputed including first party and bad faith insurance claims.

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