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John L Williams

Estate planning Attorney at Wilmington, DE

5.0   2 reviews

also known as John Legare Williams, John Williams

  • State Years
    New York - NY 19 years
    Delaware - DE 20 years
    Massachusetts - MA 20 years
    New Jersey - NJ 21 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 21 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State DE
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    15%
    Comprehensive estate planning including documenting intentions to benefit you during life and after death, including revocable trust agreements, pour-over wills, living wills, durable powers of attorney, and guardianship designations. We help people from wealthy executives to young families. If the person is disabled or ill, we will also make house-calls and act on an expedited basis. Following the documentation we can also help with asset coordination, to avoid probate and minimize fees.

    21 years

  2. Business
    10%
    We help a number of businesses with routine and extraordinary events, from leases to purchase and sale of their businesses. We review and draft a variety of business related contracts. We also litigate business disputes.

    21 years

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    10%
    We form Delaware corporations including the stock certificates, minutes and bylaws. We can also help prepare stockholder agreements. We also have a number of local businesses we meet with on an annual basis to review their business activities and provide advice, including the preparation of annual meeting minutes. We can also help with mergers, conversions, Certificates of Validations, amendments & other matters related to corporations. We are not securities attorneys if you want to sell stock.

    21 years

  4. Limited liability company (LLC)
    10%
    We are experts at the Delaware LLC. This includes formation and commercial mortgage backed securities real estate financing opinion letters for real estate financing across the Unites States. We are also experts in the Delaware Series LLC and have served as counsel in court cases and as an expert witness in this regard. We draft and review LLC agreements and prepare amended and restated LLC Agreements. We also have a service that acts as registered agent in Delaware.

    21 years

  5. Litigation
    10%
    We have represented a number of plaintiffs and defendants in the Court of Chancery, Superior Court and other state and federal courts in Delaware. We also represent creditors in Delaware bankruptcy court. We appreciate the opportunity to work with lawyers from other states and move their admission pro hac vice.

    21 years

  6. Trusts
    10%
    We have a variety of experience in preparing revocable living trusts, dynasty trusts, asset protection trusts and irrevocable life insurance trusts. We also help in the administration of trusts and trust disputes. We can prepare fiduciary income tax returns for trusts if requested.

    21 years

  7. Commercial real estate
    6%
    We help draft contracts to avoid problems and can help litigate contracts in the instance of a breach.

    21 years

  8. General practice
    5%
    Sometimes its is easier to say what we do not do, rather than what we do do. We can help most businesses and families in most aspects of their needs, (with very minor exceptions, excluding personal injury, criminal law and family law).

    21 years

  9. Probate
    5%
    While we spend much effort to avoid probate, we can also help file the needed forms in the New Castle County Register of Wills. We also work with other county and state offices when needed. Usually the needed forms include the inventory and first and final account. We also assist beneficiaries and creditors of an estate, although we usually work with personal representatives, also known as executors.

    21 years

  10. Real estate
    5%
    We help with commercial real estate structure, purchase, sale and leasing. We are very selective in residential real estate transactions. In the event of a dispute we have represented farmers, homeowners and business owners in a variety of areas.

    21 years

  11. Wills and living wills
    5%
    As part of the estate planning process we prepare wills and living wills. We do not believe in the "simple will" except in very limited circumstances. Instead we usually combine the pour-over will with the revocable trust to avoid probate and help administer estates efficiently in a private non-public manner.

    21 years

  12. Trademark application
    3%
    We have helped a number of business and non-profits obtain USPTO trademark registrations. We can apply for the marks and respond to office actions. We can also file renewals and related necessary filings, such as specimens of use. We can also conduct searches of other registered marks. Should you want to register a State of Delaware trademark or service mark, we can help there as well.

    21 years

  13. Debt and lending agreements
    2%
    We work with equipment manufacturers on equipment lease agreements. We also work with businesses when negotiating equipment lease agreements, all of the way up to MRI machines. We work extensively in real estate financing, especially opinion letter practice in Delaware in reviewing out of state loan documents to ensure the Delaware LLC or LP has the power to enter into the loan documents as written. We can also negotiate loan documents.

    21 years

  14. Franchising
    2%
    We work with franchisees in negotiating their franchise documents and a number of related issues that arise.

    21 years

  15. Marriage and prenuptials
    2%
    For a number of people with second marriages or family businesses we can prepare, review and negotiate prenuptial agreements.

    21 years

THE WILLIAMS LAW FIRM, P.A.: THE FIRST INCORPORATED LAW FIRM IN WILMINGTON, DELAWARE, SINCE 1974.

John L. Williams is a Delaware attorney with extensive experience in business and trust planning and litigation.

Nationally, he is past-Chair of the ABA's LLC & Partnerships Committee related to its Real Property Trusts and Estates Section, Special Investors and Investment Structure Group.   He was also an ABA advisor to the Uniform Protected Series Act. Nationally, he lectures extensively to lawyer groups on the LLC with a particular expertise in the Delaware Series LLC.

He also has a corporate and LLC litigation practice with about 100 cases in the Delaware Court of Chancery, Delaware Superior Court, Bankruptcy Court, and Federa District Court for the District of Delaware. He also helps non-Delaware attorneys with Pro Hac Vice Motions to be admitted in Delaware Court. 

He enjoys working with local businesses, executives, doctors and families with regard to business and estate planning. In that regard he has worked with multi-generational family farming operations (on literally bet-the-farm transactions and litigation), car dealerships, fast-food franchises, construction firms and a range of technology companies. He is familiar with tax strategies to minimize estate tax and not only prepares revocable trust agreements, but can also advise on how to fund and allocate assets between spouses. He also handles probate, estate administration and trust administration and prepared fiduciary income tax returns. 

Additionally he also serves as Qualified Delaware Trustee for Domestic Asset Protection Trusts settled in Delaware no matter where the beneficiaries, grantors or administrative trustees are located. 

He also consults with entrepreneurs on start-up issues, particularly related to choice of entity and tax elections in the context of his e-commerce business, . He enjoys helping business owners with a variety of needs from purchase and sale agreements, assignment of intellectual property agreements, noncompete nondisclosure agreements, employment agreements, opinion letters on financing transactions (often for multi-million dollar commercial mortgage backed securities financing), business succession planning and more. 

The Williams Law Firm leads business owners and families to attain goals. The firm advises business owners with sophisticated business and estate planning and litigation at reasonable rates. You can trust The Williams Law Firm when the most important things in your life are on the line: everything you own and everyone you love.

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Forming a corporation in Delaware gives you access to the Court of Chancery's case law which can be helpful when dealing with other stockholders, officers and directors of your corporation.
The corporate veil in Delaware is unlikely to be pierced. This provides stockholders added protection.  This is a major reason why you should form your corporation in Delaware.
David Williams, John Williams and Brian Crawford are here to serve clients with Delaware alternate entity law questions, business planning, business contract negotiation and Court of Chancery litigation, if needed.

Location

The Williams Law Firm, P.A.
1201 N. Orange Street, Suite 600
Wilmington, DE, 19801

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
He was extremely helpful with our estate plans and other filings. Always ready to answer rudimentary questions and explain things in detail. Would definitely recommend!
Posted by Tom Stowell | January 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sound advise, very prompt, extremely knowledgeable
John was prompt, knowledgeable with a strong attention to detail. I really felt John was a trusted partner as he guided me through my legal needs. I would highly recommend his services.

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Agents and Corporations Inc.
  • 2001 - Present
  • President
  • The Williams Law Firm, P.A.
  • 2001 - Present
  • Field Placement in Patent Law
  • The Coca Cola Company
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Summer Clerk
  • The Delaware Supreme Court
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Summer Clerk
  • Delaware Court of Chancery
  • 1999 - 1999
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Education

  • Emory University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Williams College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • New Times Media v. Bay Guardian
  • Delaware Federal District Court ruled that Delaware state court could not enjoin California court ruling.

Associations

  • American Bar Association, Real Property Trust and Estates Section Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies Committee
  • Chair
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
  • ABA RPTE Advisor to Series Entities Act
  • 2014 - Present
  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • Member of Estates and Trusts Section
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Friend of Rowing
  • Wilmington Rowing Center
  • 2013
  • Delaware Natural Areas Advisory Council Reappointment
  • Delaware Governor Markell and Delaware Senate
  • 2013
  • Top Attorney - Wealth Manager
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top Attorney - Wealth Manager
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top Attorney - Wealth Manager
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top Attorney - Wealth Manager
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2010
  • Delaware Natural Areas Advisory Council Appointment
  • Delaware Governor Minner and Delaware Senate
  • 2007
  • Chemistry Nomenclature Award
  • Williams College
  • 1995
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Publications

  • Limited Liability Company Handbook
  • Sample Series LLC Agreement
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • National CLE Teleconference
  • Series LLCs
  • 2015
  • Drafting Series LLC Operating Agreements - National CLE Teleconference
  • Series LLC
  • 2013
  • ABA National Teleconference
  • Delaware Series LLC
  • 2013
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