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."
On November 13, Carl Merino co-presented on "Acquiring U.S. or UK Real Estate" at the U.S./UK Tax and Estate Planning Conference, sponsored by Frank Hirth and held in London, UK.
On November 9, Peter M. Shapland, chair of Day Pitney’s Trust Services and Fiduciary Compliance practice group and chair of the firm’s Trust Oversight Committee, served as a panelist at the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Sixth Annual Probate Law Conference held in Norwood, MA.
On October 24, Aaron Kriss will be speaking on a panel, entitled "Onboarding a New International Client," at the 13th Annual Delaware Trust Conference, presented by the Delaware Bankers Association and the Delaware Financial Education Alliance.
On October 17, Day Pitney LLP's Individual Clients Department and Family Office Practice hosted "Investing in Art," a private, invitation-only program in the firm's ongoing Family Office Investing Series, held at the Downtown Harvard Club of Boston.
On October 11, partner Angela Titus McEwan will be speaking at "Smart Women, Savvy Planning," a program presented by UBS Private Wealth Management and held at UBS in Florham Park, NJ.
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.
Day Pitney Press Release
Day Pitney Press Release