New Jersey Estate Tax Deal

New Jersey Estate Tax Deal

According to various news reports, it appears that New Jersey will officially be eliminating the estate tax.  The deal to eliminate the estate tax is part of a larger deal that increases the gas tax, reduces the sales tax slightly, gives the working poor a larger tax credit, gives a tax cut on retirement income […]

Is NJ finally going to repeal the Estate Tax and the Inheritance Tax?

Repealing NJ Estate Tax

I tend not to get too excited about any legislation until it is actually signed, but there is a fair amount of rumbling from both Republicans and Democrats about repealing the NJ Estate Tax.  The NJ Transportation Trust fund is running out of money, and Governor Christie has refused to sign any deal to increase […]

Trouble with Probate

Probate

Sometimes probate can be a simple process.  Sometimes it can be a royal nightmare… and sometimes it can be an expensive royal nightmare. I’m not sure if it is a sign of the times or just a coincidence, but our office has had numerous estates where the probate has not been very easy.  To give […]

Dynasty Trusts Explained

Dynasty Trusts Explained

I am frequently asked about the best way to transfer wealth to younger generations.  Sometimes people feel that absent having a minor child, a problem child or a special needs child, there is no reason to set up a trust.  Often times they are correct and there is no reason create a trust because the […]

Update to Executor’s Commissions in NJ

Executor's Commissions in NJ

Back in March of 2014, I wrote a lengthy post about how to Calculate an Executor’s Commissions in New Jersey.  Frankly, most of the executors I work with don’t want a commission.  However, I recently came across an interesting situation where an executor wanted a commission and the decedent had substantial joint survivorship accounts with […]

2015 Update to Federal Estate Tax Exemption

2015 Federal Estate Tax Exemption

Starting January 1, 2015, the federal estate and gift tax exemption will increase from $5,340,000 per person to $5,430,000.  That is an increase of $90,000.  If you are married, that amount will be doubled. In addition to the lifetime estate and gift amounts, a person can also give away up to $14,000 per year.  This […]

Japanese Inheritance Tax vs. US Estate Tax (2014 Update)

Japanese inheritance tax

BRIEF OVERVIEW OFJAPANESE INHERITANCE AND GIFT TAXESvs.AMERICAN ESTATE AND GIFT TAXES (2014 Update) I. Estate Taxes A. America 1. If the Decedent is a Citizen or Permanent Resident Tax on Worldwide property (credit for taxes paid to foreign countries) Exemption of $5,340,000 in 2014 (indexed for inflation). For married couples, the exemption amount is $10,680,000 […]

Change in New York Estate Tax Law

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 […]