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On February 19, 2012, the greatest female vocalist of the 20thcentury was laid to rest at the age of 48. The burial followed a nationally televised funeral held at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ where mother Cissy Houston was their talented, resident gospel singer and a superstar in her own right. The services attracted

What is the NY estate tax?  NY estate planning for blended marriages Not so long ago if you asked any NY estate lawyer what the NYS estate tax was they would be able to tell you.  Today, very few if any NY estate lawyers would even be able to give you a general description of one of

Thanks to the most recent tax reform bill shoved through Congress, the Federal Estate Tax does not normally apply to most estates.  In fact, as of January 1, 2018, the estates of married individuals valued at $22 million dollars or less will not have any estate tax liability at the federal level.  I say usually

As a NY estate lawyer with twenty years of experience probating the most complicated estates in New York I am amazed at the evolution of the estate law.  When I began practicing NY estate law two decades ago the Federal Estate Tax Exemptions, the amount of wealth you could pass to your heirs free of

When the king of pop died in 2009, he had already earned more than $1 billion during his lifetime, which adjusted for inflation, would be over $2 billion dollars today.   Since Michael Jackson’s 2009 death his estate has easily earned another $1 billion in royalties.   So when Michael Jackson left his entire empire to his