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New Estate Tax Law Alters Estate Decisions


Extensive trust-planning and maneuvering tax law in order to protect a surviving spouse has long been a central part of the job of any qualified New York City Estate Planning Lawyer. Almost as soon as the United States Government christened the estate tax, wealthy families began finding ways around paying. Of central concern for many married couples is how to avoid the estate tax long enough that if one partner in the marriage dies, the other partner’s assets are protected, and any shared wealth is not taxed.

One of the most time-trusted methods of escaping the estate tax is a bypass trust- known more familiarly as a “family trust”. This trust is typically used to set up a trust-fund. The money which is set aside in a trust fund or other tax sheltered annuity (another common example is a charitable trust), is not taxable by the government. The surviving spouse can continue to live on whatever interest the fund might bear. In some cases, he or she can actually use a small percentage of the principal as well. Lawyers in Brooklyn and The Bronx are constantly trying to improve their handling of these problems.

According to the New York Estate Planning Lawyer we spoke with, the new tax law enacted at the end of 2010 could spell good news for married couples trying to plan their estate. By significantly raising the exemption and making those exemptions portable (in other words, transferable from one spouse to another in the event of death), the federal government has given couples the option of leaving funds directly to one another, without going through a trust or other tax shelter.

If you or a loved one is trying to navigate the new estate tax landscape, a New York Estate Planning Attorney could be the best option in helping you protect your money. A New York Estate Planning Attorney can find the best option for you and your family, giving you the peace of mind you deserve. The law offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates has caring New York Probate Lawyers that can help you plan your estate. Our New York Probate Lawyers can help you probate an estate, write a will or set up a trust. We have convenient offices in New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Suffolk and Nassau County. We want to help you through what may be a difficult time with as little problems as possible and offer a free consultation at 1-800-NYNY-LAW (1-800-696-9529). Call us today to take advantage of this free consultation and speak to a New York Probate Lawyer from our firm.

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