Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Bill Pope primarily works with family-owned and closely held businesses on succession planning, family wealth transfers and structuring family-owned enterprises. Bill works with business owners on the formation and restructuring of corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies to achieve strategic planning goals and to facilitate efficient business operations. This type of business planning also involves buy-sell agreements, leases, employment contracts, deferred compensation agreements, and purchase agreements for the sale or acquisition of businesses.
Additionally, Bill provides legal counsel pertaining to the unique estate and succession planning issues presented by family-owned and closely held businesses. He is experienced in the design and implementation of family wealth transfer plans, lifetime giving strategies, and appropriate estate planning documents to minimize the impact of federal and state transfer/estate taxes.
The other significant aspect of Bill's practice involves the preparation of wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, healthcare advance directives and related documents for a wide variety of business owners throughout Indiana.Having previously served as co-chair of the firm’s Estate Planning practice, Bill’s decades of experience allow him to help clients with the planning solutions they need to safeguard their family business and related assets today and into the future.Bill has been a frequent speaker at estate-planning seminars.