Family offices allow high-net-worth families to consolidate management and administration of their personal, business, tax and charitable concerns. The very scale of these offices, however, creates complexities that span numerous legal disciplines. McDermott’s private client team has extensive experience structuring and advising many of the oldest and largest family offices in the United States and abroad. We serve as trusted advisors to family office clients by helping them navigate these complex legal issues, with the ultimate goal of identifying potential problems before they occur and creating unique solutions to help each family office achieve its objectives.
Acting as the family office’s private general counsel, we draw on the experience of lawyers throughout the firm to provide clear answers to our clients’ most pressing questions. While our work with new family offices typically focuses on tax-efficient family office structuring and maximizing estate planning opportunities, the lawyers in our family office practice continue to counsel clients on the many other legal issues that face family offices every day, including federal, state and local income tax planning and compliance, fiduciary and trust accounting issues, securities regulation and compliance with the SEC family office exemption, structuring of pooled investment vehicles, private foundation creation and administration, privacy and data protection, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, employment compliance for household and family office staff, and the hiring of local counsel to handle real estate transactions, divorces and other personal legal needs.