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By Regina A. DeMeo: What Is Conscious Uncoupling?

Conscious uncoupling is not something invented by Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, who decided to separate amicably in 2014.  It is actually a movement that has been around for decades, and it is skillfully executed by trained mediators, who promote Alternate Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) methods for couples that want to … Continue reading

By Regina A. DeMeo: 3 Key Costs In a Divorce

They say freedom is priceless, and yet when you are contemplating a divorce, there are some pretty significant costs to consider before calling it quits, unless you are economically on par with couples like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Here are the top 3 expenses you must budget for when … Continue reading

By Regina A. DeMeo: Are You Ready To Get Engaged?

Most couples get engaged between November and February each year, and then the wedding planning takes over for another 6-9 months until the big day. During that time, a couple will formulate a guest list that will not only drive the choice of a venue, but also the costs of … Continue reading

By Regina A. DeMeo: Have You Dealt With Your Baggage?

Anyone over the age of 35 that has gone through a divorce has baggage– even if there were no children that resulted from that marriage. We all have poured time and energy into a relationship that failed, and when all your hopes and dreams for that marriage are shattered, it … Continue reading

Edwin Morrow – The Hunt for Tax Apportionment: Lessons from Tom Clancy’s Estate Litigation

The Hunt for Tax Apportionment: Lessons from Tom Clancy’s Estate Litigation

Edwin Morrow 

The Hunt for Red October was Tom Clancy’s debut novel in 1984.  It was a fun, exciting novel written in the Reagan, pre-Glasnost era about a rogue Soviet (remember the Soviet Union?) submarine captain, later turned … Continue reading

Special Needs – Special Trusts Part. 3: Common Errors – Bernard A. Krooks

SPECIAL NEEDS – SPECIAL TRUSTS – WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN HURT YOUR CLIENTS AND YOU!

Part. 3: Common Errors

By Bernard A. Krooks

Littman Krooks LLP New York, New York / www.littmankrooks.com

Part 2. Drafting Considerations 

Set forth below are some common errors practitioners make when representing clients in connection with … Continue reading

Special Needs – Special Trusts Part. 2: Drafting Considerations & Trust Administration Considerations – Bernard A. Krooks

SPECIAL NEEDS – SPECIAL TRUSTS – WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN HURT YOUR CLIENTS AND YOU!

Part. 2: Drafting Considerations & Trust Administration Considerations

By Bernard A. Krooks

Littman Krooks LLP New York, New York / www.littmankrooks.com

Part. 1 Overview & Taxation

III. Drafting Considerations

A. Trustee Selection

The selection of … Continue reading

By Regina A. DeMeo: 4 Key Questions To Ask Before The Nuptials

Wedding season is upon us, and that means lots of revenue for all the vendors in that industry, which in the DC Area yields about $1.1 Billion a year.  Truly, one must admire the amazing collaboration of efforts that make that magical day happen, but looking beyond the big day, … Continue reading

Alexandre M. Denault & Jonathan E. Gopman – Treasury Department Extends Form 5472 Filing Requirements to Foreign-Owned Domestic Disregarded Entities

Treasury Department Extends Form 5472 Filing Requirements to Foreign-Owned Domestic Disregarded Entities

By: Alexandre M. Denault & Jonathan E. Gopman

On May 10, 2016, Treasury issued proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations“) which enable the Internal Revenue Service (the “Service“) to collect certain information about domestic disregarded … Continue reading

HERE COMES THE MOUNTAINAIR TRUST – WEST VIRGINIA PASSES ASSET PROTECTION TRUST LEGISLATION (EFFECTIVE JUNE 8, 2016)

WEST VIRGINIA PASSES ASSET PROTECTION TRUST – TRUST LEGISLATION EFFECTIVE JUNE 8, 2016  – HERE COMES THE MOUNTAINAIR TRUST

By Jonathan GopmanMichael Sneeringer and Alan Gassman

Almost haven,

West Virginia,

Advances its trust law,

Throwing future creditors in the river.

 

Trusts are old there,

Like the Confederacy,

Until Continue reading

By Regina A. DeMeo: 7 Points to Consider Before Parting Ways

Summer is almost here, and while the kids are out of school, this is the time when a lot of parents considering a separation decide to plan a move. But before vacating the marital residence, here are 7 key points to consider:

1. Get legal advice. It is critical … Continue reading

Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust Bank? – Richard L. Harris

A trust metaphor may help you better communicate with clients.

By Richard L. Harris

Have you ever had a client tell you they want a charitable lead annuity trust, a grantor-retained annuity trust or a sale to a (defective) grantor trust? No? Along with trusts and life insurance, the estate-planning … Continue reading

Special Needs – Special Trusts Part. 1: Overview & Taxation – Bernard A. Krooks

SPECIAL NEEDS – SPECIAL TRUSTS – WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN HURT YOUR CLIENTS AND YOU!

Part. 1 Overview & Taxation

By Bernard A. Krooks

Littman Krooks LLP New York, New York / www.littmankrooks.com

I. Overview

Special needs planning is a niche practice area within the estate planning field that requires … Continue reading

What is Reasonable? Determining Fiduciary Fees in Massachusetts

By Amy R. Lonergan and Joshua S. Miller

For an attorney in Massachusetts, serving as a personal representative or trustee (“fiduciary”) for a trust or estate can be a rewarding and fulfilling role. However, there are numerous pitfalls for an attorney when setting and collecting his or her fees for … Continue reading

By Regina A. DeMeo: Is Your Wedding Budget Realistic?

Welcome to wedding season in the DC Area, which according to the Washingtonian Magazine enjoys revenues of over $1 Billion a year thanks to all the brides and grooms that choose to tie the knot here.  The average cost for a wedding in the U.S. is about $25,000, although in … Continue reading

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