Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC

Private Wealth Law Department

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Stone Pigman provides a full range of services for high net worth individuals and families, including trust and estate planning, business succession planning, tax planning and probate. The firm also has experience creating charitable foundations for clients, and its trust and estate attorneys work together with its fiduciary litigation team on contentious trusts and probate matters.

"I usually refer clients to them," one interviewee reveals, adding: "I like that they have some depth and the people there can work with the litigators if necessary." Another observes: "They are professional and highly experienced, their expertise is solid, and clients trust them and enjoy working with them."

Notable practitioners

Associate Erin Kriksciun is fast developing a strong reputation in the Louisiana trusts and estates industry. "I am very impressed with her, she's a good younger lawyer," says a local source, adding: "She handles things incredibly well for her age, she's knowledgeable and has a great demeanour." Kriksciun advises high net worth clients and closely held business owners on a range of matters, including estate, tax and business succession planning. She also has experience with fiduciary litigation and advising clients on the formation of charitable foundations.

One interviewee says Hirschel Abbott is "an outstanding lawyer - one of the best lawyers I have ever had the pleasure of working with." Abbott is a Certified Public Accountant and the co-chair of the firm's tax, trusts and estates practice group. One source notes that "he is collaborative, thoughtful, and open to new ideas to get things resolved." Another says: "He is the most experienced lawyer in their group and has been around a long time, but he is very easy to work with. He is able to frame complex situations simply for clients. Clients look to him for advice; he is obviously one of the top attorneys in his field, and he has an ability to connect with clients."

Laura Walker Plunkett assists high net worth individuals and owners of closely held businesses on a range of matters, including business succession planning, estate and tax planning and charitable giving. One interviewee says that "her knowledge is second-to-none and she can connect with clients in a way that gives them comfort."