Our Team

Our Family Law & Estates practice group provides a wide range of services for clients focused on the most important organization in their lives—their family. Both individuals and families turn to Dover Dixon Horne for guidance on how best to plan, protect, and prepare for their futures and the futures of their loved ones. Drawing on the vast collective experience and knowledge of the entire firm, our team creates innovative strategies for estate preservation, including the use of limited liability companies and partnerships, grantor retained annuity trusts, charitable trusts, premarital agreements, and other vehicles for preserving assets and minimizing tax liabilities. The trusts, wills, powers of attorney, advance healthcare directives, and other estate planning documents prepared by our experienced attorneys give clients peace of mind knowing that an effective plan is in place to address any eventuality. When the time comes to implement a family member’s estate plan, our team stands ready to implement all aspects of the estate plan by assisting clients with trust and estate administration, including through the probate process, and any associated legal disputes which may arise.

In the event a family law or estate matter results in litigation, our skilled trial lawyers are prepared to advocate for our clients in all types of cases. Our attorneys have decades of experience litigating contested matters, including divorce, legal separation, child custody, child support, guardianship, adoption, will contests, and other domestic relations and probate litigation matters. When it comes to matters involving family structure, we strive to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively, reducing the emotional toll these situations can take whenever possible. When asset protection is necessary, our attorneys create and implement strategies that maximize and preserve the value of clients’ assets, including business interests. Our Family Law & Estates attorneys are also well-versed in settlement and alternative dispute resolution techniques, including drafting and negotiating agreements, participating in mediation, and utilizing the collaborative process. Our practice group includes multiple attorneys who are certified in collaborative practice and a certified domestic relations attorney ad litem.

Our Experience

At Dover Dixon Horne, we understand that family law and estate matters are complex and often require assistance with a variety of legal issues. Our Family Law & Estates attorneys also work closely with other practice groups, such as Corporate & Business, Real Estate, and Tax, to ensure that all of our clients’ diverse needs are met.

Our Family Law & Estates practice group has decades of experience in matters including:

  • Divorce
  • Legal separation
  • Spousal support
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Guardianship
  • Adoption
  • Domestic abuse
  • Paternity
  • Premarital agreements
  • Separation agreements
  • Property settlement agreements
  • Appeals
  • Estate planning
  • Wills
  • Will contests
  • Trusts
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Trust administration
  • Probate administration
  • Probate and estate litigation
  • Powers of attorney
  • Advance healthcare directives
  • Estate and gift tax planning
  • Preparation of estate and gift tax returns
  • Tax audit representation
  • Fiduciary duties of trustees, executors, officers and directors
  • Endowments, planned giving, and charitable trusts
  • Tax exemptions for nonprofit organizations, charities and private foundations
  • Consultation and implementation of business succession planning, including shareholder agreements, operating agreements, voting trusts, creation of corporations, LLCs and partnerships