William Ely's practice consists of estate planning, administration and related matters as well as general business and corporate representation.
His practice involves estate planning, rendering advice to beneficiaries and fiduciaries of estates and trusts, and estate administration. Estate planning includes analyzing assets; learning about family situations, concerns, and needs; and developing practical plans to achieve family goals and tax savings. Implementation of these plans typically involves inter vivos gift planning, preparation, and drafting of various revocable and irrevocable trusts, family partnerships, and other devices. His estate planning work often addresses the unique problems of intergenerational succession in family-owned businesses. Estate administration includes postmortem planning, the probate process, and state and federal estate and income tax compliance.
His business practice involves representation of closely held and family-owned enterprises, including professional practices. His work includes formation of various business entities (including corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and business trusts), corporate governance, commercial contracts, shareholder agreements, and other business transactions.