Dean Mead’s Tax Department handles tax planning issues for businesses and individuals. The attorneys in our department have extensive experience in a full range of…
Lauren Y. Detzel was recently honored by the Central Florida Women’s Executive Council as 2011 Outstanding Professional at the organization’s 40th Annual Women’s Achievement Awards in Orlando.
The Women’s Executive Council (WEC) recognized outstanding women who work, volunteer or study in the Central Florida area on October 21, 2011 at the 40th Annual Woman Achievement Awards luncheon at the Sheraton Orlando Downtown. WEC honored and recognized these women who work tirelessly behind the scenes, contributing unselfishly to the vitality and richness of Central Florida. They honored several categories who serve or make an impact in Central Florida. The recipient categories for 2011 were: Woman of the Year, Arts/Culture, Communications/Media, Community Service/Volunteerism, Education, Professional, Government and Emerging Achiever. Not only does WEC celebrate accomplished women, they also encourage women to pursue their dreams by distributing ten scholarships to outstanding students, who attend local colleges and universities.
Ms. Detzel is chair of the firm’s Estate and Succession Planning Department and specializes in techniques to reduce or avoid paying estate tax such as family limited partnerships, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), sales to intentionally defective trusts, charitable trusts, lifetime gifts and generation skipping trusts. Particular emphasis includes planning for the succession of closely held or family business. She also handles many contested tax matters in the transfer tax area, ranging from audits of returns and administrative appeals within the IRS to Tax Court and Federal District Court litigation. Ms. Detzel handles the entire gamut of administration of estates and trusts, including contested matters of will and trust interpretation and reformation.