Our Practice

Taxpayer Representation

  

Do you (or are you about to) owe the IRS money for current or back taxes? While we all want to pay our fair share of taxes, sometimes the final amount is too large to come up with all at once, or perhaps there was an unanticipated situation which made it impossible to promptly settle your bill. Fortunately, there are special programs designed to help you work out a payment plan with the IRS or to settle out your debt for less than the full amount if it looks like you can't and/or won't be able to pay it in full.

We specialize in IRS controversy and handle a wide range of work, i.e. Offer in Compromise (OIC), Innocent Spouse Relief.

Additionally, some taxes are dischargeable in Bankruptcy and some, like payroll taxes, are not and have to be dealt with on their own, after the Bankruptcy case is over.

If it is not possible to work out an issue with either the Revenue Agent or an appeals official, you may end up in Tax Court. However, if the matter is potentially a criminal case, as opposed to a civil proceeding, we will bring in outside attorneys who specialize in tax-criminal defense.


Estate Planning

If you like statutory framework specified under the Florida Statutes, you will not need to sign a Will or any Trust documents. If, on the other hand, you want a little more say in how your assets are distributed after your death, then you need a Will or a Trust. Either document works well and there is nothing that is done in a Revocable Trust that can't be accomplished in a Will, except for helping avoid some guardianship proceedings. If your estate is potentially going to be subject to estate taxes, there are a number of techniques that can take some of the harshness out of the system. However, our goal is to make sure that you are provided for and that the process be essentially transparent, which means that it does not adversely affect your lifestyle. 

Probate

Probate is an all encompassing term for the process of settling a decedent's estate. If the amount of money in the deceased persons probate estate is less than $75,000, there are simplified proceedings which are relatively inexpensive, not terribly cumbersome and fairly quick. If the deceased person left a probate estate over $75,000, there are far more forms, filings and paperwork involved. Lastly, if the deceased person left an estate (probate estate assets left in a revocable or marital trust, etc.) which could be subject to an estate tax, there is even more compliance work to be done as well as filing a federal estate tax return, known as "form 706." Unless someone has been deceased for more than 2 years, a probate will take a minimum of 90 days to serve notice on all interested parties and to extinguish all creditor claims.

Business Law

Are you starting a new business? If so, there are a number of choices about what type of entity you want to form. Oftentimes, there at significant tax advantages to doing business as a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC), but one size does not fit all.

We can assist you in setting up or maintaining any charity you have from Private Foundations to Public Charities (§501(c)(3) organizations).

Our Team

Lead Attorney

Thomas F. Hudgins (Ted), Lead Attorney

Ted has been practicing law since 1993. He earned his J.D., Cum Laude from St. Thomas University School of Law and an LLM (Masters of Law) Degree in 1992 from the University of Florida School of Law, Graduate Tax Program. Prior to practicing law, Ted was a professional Chef, and had graduated from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in 1982. He also has experience as an Adjunct Professor for Florida Gulf Coast University. Ted routinely serves on local boards and has served as the Treasurer for the Naples Zoo, a Section 501(c)(3) charity of which he helped to organize. He is a member of the Florida Bar, admitted to practice in the Middle District of the United States District Court and the United States Tax Court, and is currently a member of the Florida Tax Law Certification Committee. 

Danielle Simmons, Associate Attorney

Danielle has been practicing law since 2012. She is a graduate of the Ave Maria School of Law. Prior to practicing law, Danielle obtained a Ph.D. in Structural Biology from the University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y., as well as a B.S., Cum Laude, in Biology, minor in Chemistry, from St. Bonaventure University, Allegheny, N.Y. She is admitted to practice law in both the state of Florida and the state of Indiana. 

Support Staff

Connie

Paralegal for Probate & Guardianships

Brianna

Tax Specialist

Tax Specialist

Stacey

In-House Accountant