Fred has been in private practice for nearly 40 years. He joined SKO in 2017 as part of the firm’s merger with Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald & Hahn. Fred is a member of the Business Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation, Trusts & Estates and Family Law practices.
My practice focuses on planning and administering trusts and estates, forming and maintaining business organizations, designing and implementing commercial transactions, conveying and leasing real estate and drafting the contracts and required documents.
As a Certified Civil Mediator in both personal and commercial matters, I’ve learned that all parties can benefit by coming to agreement on their differences before a judge or jury imposes a resolution on them.
Small business will continue to drive the American economy, and state and federal government is recognizing that. Changing laws with respect to ownership and succession of small business interests make it imperative for business owners stay on top of the opportunities available to them.
Higher and portable federal estate tax exemptions and repeal of the Indiana Inheritance Tax mean that while there are still income tax advantages to be attained through careful planning. Many estate plans need no longer be primarily tax driven, so personal considerations in estate planning can take higher place in designing an estate plan. The resulting opportunity is for families to design a plan that is customized by the needs of that family and not dictated by the tax demands of government.
As the cost of discovery and litigation continues to rise, it is more important than ever to resolve disputes before they get to trial. Civil mediation can save both parties thousands and tens of thousands of dollars (or more) in litigation related expenses. Achieving results in reaching settlement of disputes makes my work as a mediator especially rewarding.