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October 5, 2018

Probate is the judicial process of administering the estate of a deceased person.  During this process, the Surrogate’s Court decides the legal validity of the deceased person’s Last Will and Testament and grants its approval for the executor to act on behalf of the es...

August 24, 2018

As I watch my seventeen-year old daughter write her college application essay, I cannot help but draft this to my clients and colleagues.  With college just around the corner for many of your children, you have undoubtedly created a very lengthy ‘to-do’ list, including...

June 9, 2018

The summer typically represents the perfect time to travel.  Regardless of your preferred mode of transportation, it is important to have your affairs in order before departure.

Create an Estate Plan

Before leaving for your destination, you should have the plan...

March 23, 2018

With the lifetime federal gift and estate tax exemption amount increased to $11.18 million per individual under the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, clients have an unprecedented and limited opportunity to engage in significant gifting until such time as the exe...

January 4, 2018

President Trump signed into law new tax legislation that makes sweeping changes to the U.S. tax code.  The new tax bill doubles the federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax exemption amounts, such that the lifetime exemption has now increased to $11.2...

December 20, 2017

Last Friday, a consensus was reached by the House-Senate Conference Committee on the competing versions of the House and Senate tax reform bills.  The final bill, titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, is anticipated to be signed into law by the end of this year.

Amo...

November 2, 2017

House Republicans today outlined a tax reform structure that they are attempting to get passed prior to year-end, which has important estate tax implications for our clients.

The lifetime estate tax exemption currently stands at $5.49 million per individual and $10.98 m...

October 5, 2017

The Treasury Department announced yesterday that, under President Trump's executive order, it will withdraw several tax regulations that were deemed burdensome, including proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 2704.  The 2704 regulations would have ha...

September 19, 2017

Projected 2018 estate and gift exemption amounts have been calculated by experts using inflation adjustments.  While the IRS has yet to release these figures, they are expected to do so later this year.  In the meantime, these numbers may be used as a guide.

2018 E...

July 26, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued a revenue procedure, Rev. Proc. 2017-34, which provides a simplified method to obtain an extension for making a late or missed portability election.  A portability election allows a surviving spouse to effectively inherit th...