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.
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 January 16, Dina Kapur Sanna will be speaking on a panel, "Lose the Fear of the Foreign – Practical Planning Strategies," at the 53rd Annual Heckerling Institute.
Rebecca Tunney authored a case comment article, "Protecting Real Property from MassHealth's Estate Recovery Claim: Is it Possible?" published by the Massachusetts Law Review.
Warren Whitaker and Edda Santiago presented a webinar, entitled "A Guide to International Estate Planning for U.S. Citizens, Residents, Trusts and Assets," produced by Lawline.
Barbara Freedman Wand spoke at a program, "The Philanthropy Talk: How Do I Do It...and Why Do I Have To?," presented by The Boston Foundation in partnership with The Philanthropic Initiative, Massachusetts Society of CPAs, and the Boston Estate Planning Council.
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.
Partner Leigh A. Newman has been selected by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford to receive the Jewish Federations of North America's 2019 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award.