New York

Change to New York Power of Attorney Form

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Power of Attorney Form

Effective June 13, 2021, New York will be changing its statutory financial Power of Attorney form. The new statute is a significant improvement compared to the previous statutory power of of attorney law. The new New York Power of Attorney form is more simple than its predecessor and helps to ensure that it will be […]

Compromise Tax

Reasons to Value a Trust

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Reasons to Value a Trust

Recently I gave a lecture on the valuation of trusts.  While I am not an accountant nor am I a valuation expert, I live and breathe trusts… and frequently the question comes up, what is value of a particular beneficiary’s interest in a trust. Keep in mind, just because a trust is worth $1M, it […]

Estate Tax

Change in New York Estate Tax Law

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New York Estate Tax Law

Effective April 1, 2014, the State of New York made numerous changes to its tax law.  Most dramatically, New York is increasing its estate tax exemption amount from $1,000,000 to match the federal estate tax exemption amount. New York’s New Estate Tax Exemption Amount Until March 31, 2015, the new estate tax amount will be […]

Gift Planning

Three Gift Ideas—ROTH Style

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Gift Ideas—ROTH Style

Idea One—Money One of the questions that frequently comes up when I speak with clients is that they want to be able to gift money to their heirs, but they do not want their offspring to waste the money. There are a number of ways to accomplish this. If you are considering gifting a significant […]

New York

New York Statutory Power of Attorney

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New York Statutory Power of Attorney

If you recall, I wrote an article back in 2009 that the New York legislature changed the requirements for the New York Power of Attorney form. Looking around online today I noticed that most of the free New York Statutory Power of Attorney forms that are available online are WRONG. They are either old forms […]