When the ball dropped on New Year's Eve, so too was the federal estate tax dropped. Inaction on the part of the U.S. Senate means the 45 percent tax on estates of more than $3.5 million for an individual no longer applies until new legislation can be passed, which most Trust and Estate lawyers expect will happen. Those lawyers interviewed recently by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, including Day Pitney Boston partner Peter Shapland, said they expect any new law to be retroactive to January 1. In the meantime they are looking for ways to assist their clients in taking advantage of the situation.
"The only certainty is that the federal estate tax [expired]," said Peter M. Shapland, a partner at Day Pitney in Boston. "Everything else is uncertain, including the advice that we are able to give our clients."
Shapland, of Day Pitney, said lawyers can advise their clients based only on what they know and "what we suspect will probably happen. But I am one of those who are sure that Congress will eventually get to it and, as estate planning advisers, we just need to be nimble."
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.