Nossaman LLP announced today that Suzanne Tague has joined the Firm as a partner in the Corporate Practice Group, with an emphasis in estate planning and probate and trust administration, including litigated matters.  Joining Ms. Tague at Nossaman are associate Gianna Gruenwald and paralegal Jean Schulz.  All three are based in the Orange County office.

“Estate planning is an area of critical need for many of our clients, and Suzanne has devoted her career to studying the complexities of this ever-evolving field of law,” said Charles Fiedler, chair of Nossaman’s Corporate Practice Group.  “The addition of Suzanne and her team enhances our existing capabilities and we’re delighted they’ve decided to join us.”

Ms. Tague regularly handles probate, conservatorships, guardianships, as well as acting as court-appointed guardian ad litem for minors and incapacitated persons.  Her estate planning practice encompasses wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts for life insurance and other assets, Qualified Personal Residence Trusts, Intentional Defective Grantor Trusts as well as prenuptial agreements and other tax-oriented planning.  Ms. Tague also advises on and structures corporate formations and non-profit foundations, both for families and for organizations.  She litigates in the areas of trust administration, conservatorships, elder financial abuse, and other probate-related matters.

“Nossaman’s scope of clients and its national platform provide us a unique opportunity to service clients with a variety of planning and probate needs,” Ms. Tague said.  “I know I speak for Gianna and Jean when I say we are extremely excited about the potential for cross-marketing with our colleagues and eager to jump in with both feet.”
The group was previously at Kidman, Behrens & Tague LLP in Costa Mesa, the former firm of Nossaman Partner David Boyer, who joined the Water Practice Group in November.  Ms. Tague, who served as managing partner at the Kidman firm, received her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine.

Ms. Gruenwald has experience with estate and trust litigation, conservatorships and guardianships, and estate planning. She advises fiduciaries, trust beneficiaries, conservators, and conservatees in litigation matters concerning trust and estate disputes, conservatorships, elder abuse, and end-of-life care.  Ms. Gruenwald earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and has a B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ms. Schulz has worked as a paralegal with Ms. Tague since 2003 and has extensive experience drafting estate planning, conservatorship, and guardianship documents as well as assisting in trust administration, drafting motions and pleadings, and preparing all forms of discovery documents.  She received an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies, summa cum laude, from Kaplan University.


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