Probate, Trust and Estate Administration

The firm’s probate practice involves submitting wills to the court for probate and assisting the decedent’s family with alternative heirship proceedings when the decedent died without a will. Once the will is probated, or heirs are determined, GFGR attorneys assist the family with administrative matters such as gathering, inventorying, and valuing assets in the estate and preparing federal estate tax returns, state death tax returns, and state and federal gift and generation-skipping transfer tax returns. For clients who have just lost a loved one, estate administration can be a daunting task. The attorneys at GFGR provide thoughtful, competent assistance in meeting deadlines and navigating them through the legal and practice aspects of the process.  When appropriate, GFGR attorneys also represent beneficiaries of estates in negotiating settlements of estates, protecting beneficiaries’ rights with regard to monitoring costs of administration, and advising in contested matters.

The firm’s domestic trust administration practice involves advising trustees on the legal, tax, and practical aspects of the administration of trusts. When appropriate, GFGR attorneys also represent trust beneficiaries with respect to their rights as beneficiaries and the tax and non-tax aspects related to distributions from trusts.


Michael H. Ripp, Jr.

Michael represents high net worth individuals and family offices in the design, implementation, and administration of domestic and international trust, investment, and life insurance structures.

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Lauren Fitte

Lauren M. Fitte

Lauren focuses on the design, implementation and administration of domestic and international estate and business plans for GFGR’s clients.

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Carol S. Kohler
Corporate Matters

Carol supports the firm’s income and estate tax attorneys in the design and implementation of domestic and international entity structures.

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