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Review of Existing Estate Plans in Light of 2011 Federal Tax Law Changes

By: David R. Schoenhaar, Esq.* As of January 1, 2011, new legislation went into effect that: (i) significantly changed the Federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer ("GST") tax rates, (ii) unified exemption amounts and (iii) introduced the concept of "portability"...

Hirschson and Glasgow on Transfer Tax Planning for New York Couples

The 2010 Tax Act changes the landscape of gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, at least until the new law is due to sunset at the end of 2012. For New Yorkers, however, the application of state estate tax law has to be considered along with the federal transfer tax laws. As a result...