Based in the firm’s Blair County office, Mr. Burke represents individuals with closely held business entities from start to finish: corporate organization, business counseling, financing, corporate agreements, and corporate maintenance. He advises business owners on transfers of interests through gifts and leveraged sales. One of his primary specialties is agricultural business, including family farms, cooperative associations, ag lenders, and ag equipment manufacturers.
With respect to estate and trust administration, Mr. Burke advises fiduciaries as to valuation, taxation, reporting, and distribution of estate and trust assets; compliance with duties to beneficiaries and governmental entities; and practical strategies to harmonize the relationship between fiduciaries and beneficiaries. He has significant experience in probate court proceedings, including disputes over estate and trust administration, guardianship appointments for disabled adults and minor children, and trust modifications.
Mr. Burke drafts wills, powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, and trust documents designed to meet client goals of tax minimization, planning for special needs beneficiaries, charitable dispositions, and asset protection. Focusing on estate planning for farmers and agricultural entities, he has helped clients form family limited partnerships to ensure the protection of family assets. He is working toward certification as an elder law attorney.
Having practiced in the Real Estate Group since joining the firm in 2005, Mr. Burke routinely counsels clients on leases, agreements of sale, easements, and review of title issues. He also focuses on commercial and residential landlord-tenant matters. He works closely with Realtor associations and attends an annual seminar on real estate issues.