Ralph Minto, Jr.

Ralph Minto, Jr. Received his J.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1983. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in Florida (currently on inactive status) and an attorney licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and Florida. Mr. Minto worked in the tax department of the certified public accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) from 1985 through 1987. From 1987 through January 1988 he was employed by the regional certified public accounting firm of Carbis Walker and Associates. While in public accounting, he was involved in a wide variety of individual, business and charitable organization tax issues ranging from corporate reorganizations to complex estate, gift and income tax return preparation.

In 1988, Mr. Minto entered the practice of law with Frank Mast & Associates where he represented individuals and charitable and business entities in diverse federal, state, local and international tax planning and implementation issues. In January 1995, Mr. Minto joined the law firm of Volk, Robertson & Hellerstedt where he worked in both the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Weirton, West Virginia offices developing a corporate and tax practice for the firm. Mr. Minto represented clients in matters including corporate and individual tax planning, negotiation, litigation and implementation.

In February 1997, Mr. Minto opened his first law office. This business is now the Minto Law Group, LLC (“Minto Law”). Mr. Minto, has shepherded the firm to its current point of seven attorneys and two full time staff and two part time staff. He continues to develop expertise in mergers, acquisitions and business reorganizations, tax collection and representation, estate and gift planning and administration, asset protection planning including the creation of sophisticated offshore asset protection trusts and small business services. He has successfully represented taxpayers in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service Appellate Division in over two hundred cases. He represents taxpayers under investigation by the IRS in District Court, Tax Court and various local agencies. These matters include federal investigations for criminal violations, both international and domestic. As a result, Mr. Minto knows what tax strategies are standing up to IRS scrutiny. There are many other strategies that he uses, depending upon the facts and circumstances presented by his clients. Please be advised that our strategies are tried and true and have been accepted by the Internal Revenue Service or are expressly permitted by the Internal Revenue Code.

Mr. Minto has developed a fully integrated estate and gift planning and asset protection practice. He has prepared estate plans for over $3 billion in total assets with individual estates worth in excess of $1 billion. Sophisticated estate planning techniques are coupled with advanced asset protection planning to provide clients with wealth preservation alternatives. In addition, he is the founder of the Wealth Management Roundtable, an organization that provides networking and educational programs for financial planners, insurance executives, accountants and attorneys. The roundtable seminars, held on the last Wednesday of every month, provide timely and incisive cutting edge wealth preservation strategies for advanced wealth planners. Mr. Minto is widely recognized as a leader in sophisticated estate planning and asset protection techniques and is frequently asked to travel and present educational lectures for insurance groups, investment advisors and physician groups.

Mr. Minto served two consecutive four year terms as Councilman for the Borough of Franklin Park, was the Chairman of the Allegheny County Civil Service Commission from 1998 through 2000, and is a member of the Governing Board of his church. Mr. Minto is actively involved with Boy Scouts of America where he serves as the Chartered Organization representative of a successful Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack sponsored by his church. He is an avid white water kayaker, hiker, backpacker and occasional mountain climber. Mr. Minto is currently the President of the Pittsburgh Sportsman Lunch Club. He is married to Sharon Minto for over thirty years and they have two children, Tyler and Rachel.

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