Do you know your real name? Today you need to use your full legal name and have REAL ID to show to the Notary Public to back it up. Welcome to 2021 and the world of the ‘Real ID’. Let me tell you about your need to have a real ID. When I was baby...
Charitable Giving for Everybody
While you are enjoying your Thanksgiving, remember that you have many choices in giving to charity. There are many options to consider.
These are the Days My Friends
There is a song we used to sing in camp about being young and never worrying about the challenges of life. We lived in the moment.
Summertime And the Living is Different
We want to thank EVERYONE for working with us during this very difficult time. Thanks especially to those “novices” who learned to use ZOOM just to teleconference with us. It is wonderful to see all of you! As you have already seen, meetings on ZOOM can...
An Update on the Presidential Election and the Changing Tax Law
The election is over, and the people of the United States have spoken. Barack Obama has been re-elected to serve four more years as President. As a result of his re-election, we are faced with a strong division in our government. The President has expressed his...
What Does Back to School Have to do with Estate Planning?
As summer comes to an end and kids and parents both start getting ready for back-to-school week, estate planning may be the last thing on anybody’s mind; but the beginning of a new school year can actually be the perfect time to give your estate planner a call....
Tax Law Allows Married Couples to Reduce Their Estate Taxes
Married couples take note: Congress passed a law in 2010 that can significantly reduce the amount your estate pays in estate taxes. Unfortunately, most couples are either completely unaware of this opportunity for savings, or they find out about it too late to take...
Should Heirs Pay Taxes on Assets They Can’t Sell?
Throughout history artists and their artwork have often been on the leading edge of controversy. In a recent brou-ha-ha between the heirs of the New York art dealer Ileana Sonnabend and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service the controversy is over nothing less than the...
Affordable Care Act Likely to Improve Situations of People with Disabilities
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a hot topic lately, and of great concern to people of all walks of life; but people with disabilities, or who rely on government benefits to help them pay for health care and living expenses, have even more at stake in the game and...
Should Zombies Pay Estate Taxes?
How dead do you have to be before the government can tap your estate for estate taxes? Do you have to be only kind of dead, or do you have to be fully dead-dead? This is the subject of a new law review article by Adam Chodorow of the Arizona State University law...
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