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June 11, 2016

By: Elizabeth Z. Milne, Esquire

Has a member of your family or a close friend recently passed away? Were you named as an executor under their Will? Or did they pass away without a Will and need someone to finalize their estate? Being named as an Executor under a decedent’s Will or appointed as an Administrator of a decedent’s estate under the intestacy laws of Pennsylvania can be a complex, lengthy, and challenging role that many people are unaware of when they agree to represent a decedent’s estate in this capacity.

May 17, 2016

By: Angela B. Kosar, Esquire

      Much of the focus of estate planning tends to be on families with children and grandchildren, and ensuring the younger generations are provided for through their parents’ and grandparents’ estate plans. But what if you are (or also are) a pet parent and your child is of the furry, winged, or scaled variety? Can you, in New Jersey, provide for your furry friends’ financial future through your estate plan? The answer is yes – with proper planning.

May 6, 2014

By: Angela B. Kosar, Esquire
Spring is the time when we seem to stop and take stock; we file our tax returns and settle up the prior year’s tax debt; we spring clean our homes, ridding them of unwanted and unnecessary clutter.  But most of us do not take the time to spring clean our affairs.  What does that mean?  It means taking stock of your personal and financial situation and making the necessary changes and adjustments to get everything spic and span.

February 20, 2013

By: Angela B. Kosar, Esq.

Approximately two years ago, President Obama passed sweeping tax changes through the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2010, known then in shorthand as TRA 2010. TRA 2010 contained significant and beneficial changes to the Federal Estate, Gift and Generation Skipping Transfer taxes that had already set in place through the 2001 Bush tax changes, known as the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (“EGTRRA”). However, TRA 2010 was set to expire on December 31, 2012, along with the 2001 EGTRRA tax changes. As that 2012 deadline approached, the expiration of both of these tax acts threatened to push Americans over the “Fiscal Cliff”. As a sort of preliminary rescue maneuver, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act on January 2, 2013 (referred to ATRA 2013).