Practice Areas

Below is a list of practice areas that the attorneys at The Law Offices of L.W. Cooper have the knowledge and experience to work on your behalf.  Historically, the practice grew on its expertise of tax controversy, and tax and business litigation.  Over the years, the Office by retaining a core group of corporate clients began providing more in depth business legal services, including asset and stock sales, capital formation through the use exempt securities, and the associated tax planning that accompanies any significant business transaction, 

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Tax Controversy

Our tax lawyers represent clients who have tax problems with the IRS or the state taxing authorities. Whether it is a federal or state tax issue, our tax controversy attorneys can provide representation at any level of the administrative process, including audits, appeals, penalty abatement requests, or collections. 

It is advisable that taxpayers who receive audit notices seek representation at the initiation of the audit. By obtaining representation early, the scope of the audit may be limited reducing costs, and any audit issues can be addressed early. 

Tax Litigation

Although resolving tax disputes on the administrative level is usually the most economical and efficient solution, sometimes litigation with the IRS or state taxing agencies is an unavoidable necessity. Our litigation lawyers focus on tax litigation and are qualified to represent your interests in federal district court, tax court, and state courts.  

Our firm is experienced in litigating a wide range of tax issues, including economic substance, FLP valuations, responsible officer liability, penalty abatements, wrongful disclosure of taxpayer's return information, and tax shelter issues. 

Business & General Litigation

No matter the size of the company or who the individual is, a lot is always at stake in litigation. Our Office is committed to addressing clients' goals during litigation in the most effective and efficient manner. This Office is experienced in litigating business, contractual and accounting issues - mainly in federal courts. Since opening its office in Charleston, South Carolina in 2007, our lawyers have been active in litigating and trying cases.

Tax Transactions & Compliance

By employing ongoing and comprehensive tax planning in advance, whether it pertains to a business or individual, our clients avoid unnecessary tax controversy and tax liabilities.  For transactions, our attorneys take a two step approach: First, we ensure that the transaction complies with the technicalities of federal, state and local tax laws, and second, we ensure that the transaction withstands scrutiny from a litigation perspective.

In addition to simply structuring a transaction, the IRS in recent years has become more focused on the disclosure and reporting of certain financial transactions.  As the reporting requirements are drastically changing and the associated penalties increase, we provide clients advice on what reporting and disclosure requirements are associated with certain transactions to ensure complete compliance with the tax laws.

Business Formations and Restructurings

Because of the Office's focus on taxation, we are asked by our clients to form and restructure business entities on a regular basis. We are equipped to draft necessary legal documentation to achieve your business and taxation goals. Such documentation may include operating agreements, asset or stock purchase agreements, state and federal filings and employment contracts.

Real Estate

Our real estate practice group consists of attorneys and staff experienced in all types of real estate law practice areas. Our attorneys and staff have represented both corporate and individual buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, investors and property owners in real estate transactions and litigation. From our initial consult with the client to after the closing, our real estate practice group ensures that the client is informed during each step of the process. Our firm will thoroughly explain the purpose, importance and result of each document the client signs throughout the transaction or litigation procedure.

Our services include:

  • Residential and commercial real estate closings
  • Section 1031 Exchange transactions
  • Title searches/Insurance/Opinions
  • Asset / Business Sales or Transfers
  • Contract review and drafting for all transactional work
  • Quiet title actions