Dan Baldwin 2013-10-25 12:24:54
Although practicing different areas of law, Traci Smith and Kacie Dillon of Farhang & Medcoff PLLC share a passion for helping people in need. Dillon, a federal and state tax controversy attorney, says, “The clients that require my assistance are often scared, frustrated, and, in many instances, feel helpless or defeated because they are opposing the government, which has far more resources at its disposal. Normally, after the first meeting with a client, they feel relieved to know that they in fact have options, and someone is in their corner to help resolve their matter. However, the best part of my day is delivering the news to the client that their matter has been resolved.” Smith, an estate planning attorney, says, “I love developing relationships with my clients. Hands down, my favorite part of my practice is meeting with clients to listen to and understand their specific situation, then create an estate plan that will address their needs and concerns now and in the future. Helping clients gain peace of mind is incredibly rewarding.” Dillon’s specific practice areas are federal, state and local tax litigation; audit representation; unfiled tax returns; penalty relief; innocent spouse defense; off shore and domestic voluntary disclosures; employment tax matters; trust fund recovery penalty; transaction privilege; levy and lien relief tax; and tax collection. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2004 and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2007. Her outside interests include cycling, spending time with her family, and reading an interesting book. Smith assists clients in defining and efficiently achieving their overall objectives including such areas as estate and gift tax laws, estate planning, revocable trusts, wills, durable powers of attorney, living wills, charitable planning, planning for qualified and IRA assets, asset protection, succession planning, and trust and estate admissions. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College in 1996, graduated with a master’s degree from Florida State University, and earned her Juris Doctor from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in 2004. Her outside interests include reading, scuba diving, sailing, learning about other cultures, and spending time with her family. Dillon says, “As a woman, I believe that I am compassionate and understanding in situations where clients are facing the harsh reality that they may not be compliant with tax laws, intentionally or not.” She takes a practical costs-versus-benefits analysis approach to provide clients with options. She also works with clients to determine the root of their problem, devise an appropriate course of action to resolve the issue, and educate clients in order to avoid reoccurrence. “Educating clients on their rights and options, and managing client expectations is what makes my practice unique,” says Dillon. “I take the time to listen to clients to truly understand their concerns and what they would like to achieve. I think that many clients procrastinate dealing with their tax matters because of the enormity of the tax code and their fear of the taxing authorities. I strive to help clients realize that with my counsel we can find a resolution for their problem.” Smith believes in bringing warmth and sensitivity to her practice. “Generally, the people who come to me are prepared to make some very difficult decisions. As such, I believe that they deserve time, empathy, an objective opinion, and a forum to discuss very personal decisions regarding death and disability. “As a mother, I understand the importance of creating a legacy for the next generation. Nothing is more important to me than helping my young daughters to realize their full potential and to live their dreams,” she continues. “Who we are and what we believe is important and often reflected in the estate plans we create, which can encourage education, inspire support of a local charity or bolster a child’s ability to follow his or her own dreams. Many people procrastinate putting an estate plan together because they fear a discussion that will remind them of their own mortality. I strive to support my clients and encourage them to make choices that will be a true reflection of themselves and their life’s passions.”
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