Eliot S. Nahigian



Eliot, a member of the business and personal transactions department, has significant experience in business and personal transactions. He is certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in estate planning, trusts, and probate law and in taxation law. Mr. Nahigian is also a certified public accountant.

Eliot represents individuals and businesses in estate planning and business transactions including the formation, structuring, and advising of corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies; preparation and advice on trusts, wills, and estate plans; probate and trust administration; real estate transactions, including 1031 exchanges; buy-sell agreements; and sales, purchases, and mergers of business. He has extensive experience in sophisticated estate plans and complex probates.

Eliot is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell® and has been consistently recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyer, each year from 2012 to 2019. Mr. Nahigian also has extensive experience in probate and trust litigation. Eliot works primarily out of the Firm’s Fresno office.

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Representative Cases

  • Real estate acquisitions and refinancings for a local family and leasing of the real estate to their closely held corporation and unrelated tenants.
  • Sale of a sole proprietorship to a New York Stock Exchange listed company.
  • Sale of a decedent’s interest in a food processing business and the real property used in the business.
  • Transfer of family limited partnership interests to second and third generation family members by sales and gifts, including substantial valuation discounts.
  • IRC §1031 exchanges of investment real estate.
  • Sale of a family farm from father to son.
  • Independent representation of a beneficiary in a probate estate of over $10 million.
  • Representation of co-executors in a complicated probate administration involving eight remainder beneficiaries.
  • Representation of co-trustees in trust administration involving over 90 beneficiaries.
  • Sale of an established family-owned grocery business to second generation family members.
  • Estate planning transactions involving continuing the business with some family members and provision for other family members not involved in the business.
  • Formation of a corporation with four shareholders and the purchase of a convenience store.

Eliot S. Nahigian

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