Selection of the Trustee of a Special Needs Trust

- By : P. Patel

There are obviously many important considerations to ponder when designing an estate plan for a beneficiary who has special needs. But the most important issue in the planning process is picking the person or persons who will be in charge

Asset Protection – Don’t Do It Yourself

- By : P. Patel

Jonathan Alper in the Florida Asset Protection Blog has a great post on how standard off the shelf LLC and estate planning forms by non-experts will generally not protect your assets from lawsuits. A well-conceived asset protection plan can fail

Watch Out: The NJ Inheritance Tax

- By : P. Patel

New Jersey imposes a transfer Inheritance Tax, at graduated rates, on property having a total value of $500 or more which passes from a decedent to a beneficiary. If a decedent’s death occurs on or after January 1, 1985, property

Asset Protection Mistakes – 13 Tips

- By : P. Patel

These days, just about everyone should take care to protect their assets from possible lawsuits or other problems. Here are 13 things to watch out for: 1. Don’t keep money in a joint account, even with a spouse. 2. Don’t

How to S T R E T C H Your IRA

- By : P. Patel

The stretch IRA concept is a wealth-transfer strategy that can help you extend the period of tax-deferred earnings on your retirement assets. After the owner of the IRA dies, the beneficiaries will also have the longest allowable period of tax-deferral

American Bar Association Publishes Article Entitled “Tax Law” in the October/November 2006 issue of American Bar Association’s GPSOLO magazine

- By : P. Patel

American Bar Association Publishes Local Tax Attorney’s ArticleTax attorney Parag P. Patel, Esq. published an article entitled “Tax Law” in the October/November 2006 issue of American Bar Association’s GPSOLO magazine. The GPSOLO magazine is nationally published and widely circulated by

Evaluating the Special Needs Estate Planning Attorney

- By : P. Patel

Consider the attorney’s:Education, Certifications and Memberships e.g. Special Needs Alliance (SNA); National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA); American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC); American Bar Association (ABA); and State Bar AssociationsTime/experience in trust, estate, and disability practiceCommunity

Stretching Your IRA to the Next Generation

- By : P. Patel

It’s no secret that retirement accounts come in all shapes and sizes … from the account that is strictly set aside to generate retirement income to an account earmarked for heirs. For those intending to bequeath their individual retirement account

Special Needs Planning

- By : P. Patel

One of the best parts of my practice is when I have the opportunity to assist parents of a child with special needs. A concern of all parents, (but especially parents of special needs children) is what will happen to

Tax Bite: New Jersey Has Increased its Death Tax

- By : P. Patel

Everyone has heard of the Federal estate tax, sometimes referred to as the “death tax,” but did you know that New Jersey also has an estate tax? And, did you also know that the New Jersey estate tax has recently