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Howard Vigderman

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Apr 25

Checklist of Tax and Non-Tax Considerations for Someone on His/Her Deathbed

I am often asked by family members of a loved one who is on his/her death bed what steps should be taken from an estate planning, tax and non-tax perspective that will make the individual more comfortable, save taxes, preserve assets and make settling the… Read More

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Tax, Trusts and Estates
Feb 23

Making Living Wills More Clear with a QR Code Link to a Video Personal Statement

They go by many names, living wills, advance directives for healthcare, healthcare powers of attorney and healthcare proxies.  I usually call them advance directives for healthcare (and will use that term in this article) because I think that covers all the issues they address. There… Read More

Jan 24

Divorce Allowed to Partners In an Out-of-State Civil Union – A Piece of the Windsor Legacy

In a case of first impression in Pennsylvania entitled Neyman v. Buckley[1], the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the Commonwealth’s intermediate appellate court, held that a Pennsylvania Family Court has jurisdiction to grant a divorce to a same-sex couple residing in Pennsylvania who had entered into a… Read More

Nov 30

The Estate Tax Repeal Redux

A bit of tax history is in order.  In 2001 President George W. Bush signed the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 which eliminated what he had dubbed during his campaign the “death tax” … except it wasn’t a real repeal.  Under… Read More

Nov 14

Will My Facebook Page Join Me In Heaven?

What happens to your Facebook page, your Twitter account, your online banking and brokerage accounts and your emails when you die?  Who has access to these “digital assets” and who can use and control them or close them down?  This issue has been the subject… Read More

Oct 18

New Jersey Abolishes Its Estate Tax

Since 2002 New Jersey has imposed one of the highest, if not the highest, estate tax among those states which continue to impose an estate tax.  That is because its estate tax exemption of $675,000 was the smallest in the nation. That is no longer… Read More

Sep 23

Clinton Proposes Estate Tax Increase on Super-Rich

As reported in an article from today’s (September 23, 2016) Wall Street Journal, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has proposed an increase in the federal estate and gift tax.  She would lower the federal estate tax exemption from the 2016 amount of $5,450,000 per individual… Read More

Sep 19

Estate Planning Isn’t Just About Dying

Over the course of thirty years as a trusts and estates lawyer I have drafted hundreds, maybe even thousands, of wills.  After all, that is what estates lawyer do – we help our clients memorialize the disposition of their assets when we they die.  Wills… Read More

Mar 17

Treating the Children who are Involved in the Business and those who are not, Equally

Your business is thriving. You have a strong management team to whom you can delegate decisions you had been making yourself for years. You take off every Thursday to play golf or to watch your grandchildren. ‎ You are thinking about taking off more time… Read More

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Business Succession
Feb 10

Why A Handshake Agreement Among Business Partners Is Not Worth The Paper It Is Written On

You go into business with your sister, your father, your college roommate or your best friend.  The classic “we-started-in-the-garage” business. You struggle at the beginning – you do whatever you can to minimize overhead.  Lawyers are expensive so you decide not to put anything in… Read More