Represented business clients in advising on both stock purchase agreements and asset purchase agreements for acquiring companies from across the USA, including tax aspects
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Ryan M. Holmes
Ryan Holmes represents clients in estate tax planning, probate and guardianship administration, and probate, trust, and guardianship litigation. He also assists clients in both residential and commercial real estate matters.
Ryan represents a number of business owners, entrepreneurs, C-suite executives at public companies, and physicians. Ryan has 20 years of experience in advising clients regarding estate and tax planning, asset protection, and techniques to minimize estate, gift tax, and income tax. Ryan also represents individual executors and trustees, including corporate fiduciaries. He administers trusts and estates at any stage, including through controversies both inside and outside of court. Ryan also assists taxpayers with contested tax matters, including federal and state audits and administrative appeals. Ryan represents clients in several states and around the world and has assisted his global clients with cross-border issues.
Charitable foundations and nonprofit entities seek Ryan’s counsel as they aim to maximize the impact of charitable planning. He utilizes compliant domestic and foreign trust planning to achieve proper asset protection. In addition to planning, Ryan oversees the probate and administration of estates and trusts.
Business and Real Estate
Ryan combines his estate planning practice with the disciplines of business, corporate, and real estate law to assist clients with business structuring, succession planning, and exit strategies for businesses of all sizes. Corporate clients work with Ryan as they tackle merger and acquisition transactions, employment agreements, and buy-sell, operating, and other organizational documentation. His clients represent a wide spectrum of industries, including physicians, media and marketing, transportation and logistics, insurance, investment management, food brokerage, real estate development, industrial and chemical, business consulting, publishing, and retail sales. He serves as “outside general counsel” for several of his business clients.
Ryan also focuses his practice on commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and dispositions, including multifamily apartment buildings, condominium properties, vacant land, office buildings, shopping centers, and hotels. He counsels small and medium-sized businesses with respect to formation and capitalization issues, operating issues, acquisitions, financing, and succession planning.
Represented client in three-way commercial closing in excess of $7 million dollars
Represented multiple clients in “second home planning” for properties on Lake Michigan and inland lakes in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois
Advised business client on the formation and implementation of an “Alternative Dispute Resolution” Rider to all commercial contracts
Represented client in drafting settlement agreement for a million-dollar liability to client including securing multiple security interests
Represented client in formation of a Family LLC to leverage discounts available to pass family wealth to second and more remote generations while minimizing estate and gift taxes
Represented clients (including regional banks) in clearing liens and title objections for properties in their loan portfolios added through foreclosures and deed-in-lieu type transactions
Represented executor in negotiation and approval of a multi-million dollar wrongful-death settlement, including a partial sealing of the court file in order to secure settlement confidentiality requirement
Represented business client in negotiating contracts with vendors, third-party administrators, and clients throughout the United States
Represented client in forming a tax and succession plan for a multi-million dollar estate, including a beachfront vacation home on Lake Michigan
Represented clients in defense and settlement of tax controversies
Represented high net worth clients in the negotiation and implementation of pre-nuptial agreements