Richard D. Sanders and Stacey Valentine Fielding wrote an article, "Appellate Division: No Estate Tax Marital Deduction for Registered Domestic Partners," for the New Jersey Law Journal.
The article discusses a recent, published opinion out of the Appellate Division—Jiwungkul v. Dir., Div. of Taxation, No. A-4089-15T2 (N.J. Super. App. Div. May 11, 2017), which found that same-sex couples registered as domestic partners under New Jersey's Domestic Partnership Act are not entitled to the marital deduction for purposes of calculating the New Jersey estate tax due at the death of the first partner.
While the loss of the marital deduction is certainly of significant importance, the Jiwungkul holding has the added potential of creating far reaching precedent for domestic partnerships in the state of New Jersey generally. The ruling stands for the proposition that domestic partners are afforded only those rights specifically granted in the DPA and no others. This proposition will undoubtedly encourage courts to construe the rights granted thereunder restrictively. Thus, it is extremely important that couples who opt for this arrangement understand the specific tax consequences of doing so and implement appropriate measures in their estate plans and beyond.
On March 27, Warren Whitaker will be speaking on "Passing Down Your Prized Possessions: How to Avoid Fights and Fees In Your Estate," a seminar hosted by the New-York Historical Society's Planned Giving Advisory Council and held at the Robert H. Smith Auditorium in New York City.
Warren Whitaker will be serving as chair of the 15th Annual International Estate Planning Institute, hosted by the New York State Bar Association and The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners USA (STEP USA).
On March 14, Dina Kapur Sanna spoke on a panel, "Nuts and Bolts of Domesticating Foreign Trust Structures," at the 15th Annual International Estate Planning Institute, hosted by the New York State Bar Association and chaired by Warren Whitaker.
On March 14, Emily Belfer will be speaking at the Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) Disabilities Seminar.
On January 23, Susan Ylitalo will be a guest speaker on the topic of "Estate Planning for the Business Owner" before the Estate Planning Council of Lower Fairfield County.
Day Pitney Press Release
Day Pitney's Family Office and Trusts and Estates practices have been shortlisted in two categories, "Best Private Client Law Firm" and "Best Trusts and Estates Division," for the 2019 Private Asset Management Awards.
Day Pitney's Family Office and Trusts and Estates practices have been shortlisted in the "Legal Team of the Year" private client category for the 2019 Family Wealth Report Awards.
Darren Wallace was quoted in an article, "Paul Allen's $26 Billion Estate Will Take Years to Unravel," published by Bloomberg.
On October 3, Day Pitney LLP and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), Northeast Chapter – Women's Initiative co-presented a program, "The Power of Women with Wealth," held at Day Pitney's Boston office.