Blog – “Altman Speaks”

New Tax Law Changes Could Save You Dollars


While these are not estate tax related, I wanted to share some information on new income tax provisions that may very well impact you!  Here are some of the key provisions: One of the biggest breaks will come from changes in the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), which could mean a $2,300 savings for a family of […]

Are We in Your Wallet?


Advance planning is always important, but in ways we sometimes do not anticipate.  In our practice, after a client signs their estate planning documents, they are sign the back of one of our business cards, stating that they have appointed so and so to make medical decisions and that a copy of the documents is […]

Estate Planning Checklist: Things to Consider Before Remarrying


With Valentines’ Day upon us, love is in the air.  As a boomer and a romantic, I believe that marriage (even the second time around) is a wonderful thing.  That said, the attorney and the realist in me knows that sometimes financial and estate issues can get in the way.  Therefore, there are several things […]

Significant 2009 Estate Tax Law Changes


hese changes in the law provide an ideal opportunity to review your current estate plan: Federal Estate Tax The federal exemption for estate tax has increased from $2,000,000 to $3,500,000 for 2009. The estate tax is currently scheduled to be repealed in 2010 and reinstated in 2011 with an exemption of $1,000,000.  I believe that […]

What Changes the New Administration May Bring


“Estate Planning in 2009” – What Changes the New Administration May Bring By:  Gary Altman, Esq. It’s the beginning of the New Year and in a few short weeks, Barack Obama will take office as President of the United States.  As we all well know, “change” has been the primary theme and driving force behind […]

Top Ten Year-End Estate Planning Tips


1. Use It or Lose It — Use Your Annual Exclusion   The annual gift tax exclusion amount is the amount a person can gift to any number of recipients without a gift tax consequence. This amount is $12,000 ($24,000 for gifts from husband and wife; i.e., split gifts) for 2008. The annual exclusion amount […]