Hobart F. Popick
Hobart advises individual clients and families in estate planning and trust and estate administration matters ranging from the straightforward to the complex. Hobart has a particular passion for assisting clients to establish revocable and irrevocable trusts designed to achieve their wealth transfer, probate avoidance, and charitable giving objectives in a tax-efficient manner. Hobart also assists clients with incapacity planning, including selection of appropriate fiduciaries to serve under trust agreements, durable general powers of attorney, and advance directives for health care decision-making.
As a complement to Hobart’s estate planning practice, Hobart also handles real estate, business planning, and commercial transactions for individuals and businesses. Hobart’s experience includes forming limited liability companies (LLCs) to hold business and real estate assets, current use and conservation planning for farm and forest lands, and commercial mortgage loan transactions.
Hobart’s goal is to be a trusted advisor, by empowering clients with knowledge of the legal and tax implications of their options so that they may be fully involved at each stage of the project. If a challenge should arise involving a third party, Hobart draws upon his experience with alternative approaches to resolution to creatively and collaboratively resolve potential disputes before they erupt into litigation.
Outside of the office, Hobart serves as Vice President of the all-volunteer Board of Directors of HomeShare Vermont, a charitable organization that works to address Vermont’s affordable housing challenges.
Hobart joined Langrock Sperry & Wool in 2007, after beginning his legal career at a large firm in Boston. His prior work experience includes a stint as a mutual fund accountant at a financial services firm and as a facilitator of U.S. State Department professional exchange programs for Russian entrepreneurs.
Hobart is a native of the Middlebury area, and lives with his wife and two children in South Burlington. In his free time, Hobart enjoys hiking, running, skiing, and spending time with friends and family.
Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 2003); University of Vermont (B.A., magna cum laude, 1996)
Admitted to state and federal courts in Vermont and Massachusetts
Vermont, American and Chittenden County Bar Associations; Vermont Association for Justice