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A Tale of Two Generations - How a Millennial and a Gen Xer view their law practice.


New estate-planning attorneys may see the practice differently from those who’ve been out a while. Here are the perspectives of one recently admitted attorney (Joy Spence) and one seasoned partner (Avi Z. Kestenbaum) as they discuss certain issues in their practice.




Safe and Secure - Some constants in an unstable world


Rapid everyday advances in technology, medicine and commerce will continue to affect federal and state laws, family dynamics and the way we must practice to keep up with all of this.




Trusts & Estates: Educating Clients Before It's Too Late


Avi Z. Kestenbaum shares his thoughts on accomplishing a complex mission.

 




Trusts & Estates: Beware of Hidden Dangers When Taking On New Clients


Avi Z. Kestenbaum and Jason J. Smith address practical and ethical considerations.

 




Webinar: “Structuring Preferred Partnership Freezes in Estate Planning: Navigating the Chapter 14 Valuation Rules”.


Live Broadcast on October 20, 2017

This webinar will provide estate planners, advisers and tax counsel with a comprehensive exploration into the planning and structuring challenges and tax benefits of “freeze partnerships” as a tool for inter-generational wealth transfer. The speaker will discuss how to determine when freeze partnerships are the optimal vehicle for preserving basis, how to draft the partnership agreement and operating documents to ensure optimal tax treatment, and how to navigate the complex rules of Internal Revenue Code Chapter 14.

This course is co-sponsored with Wolters Kluwer.

Key Topics to be discussed:

•   Structuring preferred partnerships
•   Freeze techniques and structures
•   Gift tax issues to avoid at formation
•   How not to run afoul of the valuation requirements in IRC 2701
•   Avoiding gain at formation resulting from contribution of assets into the preferred partnership
•   Utilizing preferred partnerships with trusts (GRATs, CLATs, QTIPs)

Date / Time: October 20, 2017




Article: “Non-Charitable Purpose Trusts: Past, Present, and Future,” 51 Real Prop. & Est. L.J. 321 (2016)


This interesting article is a good read for all trusts and estates would-be scholars, from law students to practicing attorneys, as it hits the heart of what’s a valid purpose trust.




Digital Article: Too Busy To Die


Partner Avi Z. Kestenbaum is featured in the article below:

 

http://insurancenewsnetmagazine.com/article/too-busy-to-die-3291




Trusts & Estates: Don't Be Afraid of Questions


An article by Avi Z. Kestenbaum.
January 2017




WSJ Podcast (Audio): Should Children Inherit Assets Jointly or Separately?


Wall Street Journal’s Veronica Dagher interviews Avi Kestenbaum to discuses how to best go about managing your children’s inheritance, and whether they should receive assets jointly or separately.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/tips-on-splitting-complex-estates-1490384725

 




Die and Let Live! - A Review of Don DeLillo's novel Zero K


Jeffrey A. Galant, Counsel in our Trust & Estates group, gives a fascinating review of Don DeLillo’s novel, Zero K.

“We are born without choosing to be. Should we have to die in the same manner? Isn’t it a human glory to refuse to accept a certain fate?”