Family is at the heart of Thomas Ruane’s work. He counsels clients primarily in the areas of estate planning, the administration of estates and trusts, and business succession planning. Thomas advises clients through all stages of the estate-planning process, from the initial planning and preparation of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, and other estate-planning documents, through the final settlement of post-death affairs.
He also assists with judicial and nonjudicial trust reformations and the negotiation and preparation of family settlement agreements, in addition to traditional estate and trust administration matters, and the preparation of gift tax, estate tax and fiduciary income tax returns.
In addition, Thomas advises clients in the negotiation and drafting of premarital agreements, and with guardianship and conservatorship issues. He has experience designing and implementing complex estate-planning strategies, including family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, charitable trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, and sales to intentionally "defective" grantor trusts.