Shauna M. Deans focuses her practice on estate planning and administration, including inheritance and gift taxation.
Shauna is experienced in preparing estate and inheritance tax returns, and responding to and resolving audits of the returns. She counsels beneficiaries and fiduciaries of estates and trusts on marshalling assets, issues regarding basis, and maximizing of tax savings.
Shauna assists in coordinating, preparing, and reviewing asset valuations, as well as drafting Orders to Show Cause, severance and merger agreements, Refunding Bonds and Releases, trustee appointments, renunciations, and resignations to further the administration of estates. She also prepares and files New York and New Jersey probate petitions and Federal Gift Tax Returns, Form 709.
Shauna is also certified by the State of New Jersey as a civil mediator, and has assisted parties in the settlement of special civil, small claims, and landlord/tenant matters on behalf of the Court.
While attending law school, Shauna served as a Senior Articles Editor for the Howard Law Journal, where her article entitled “The Forgotten Side of the Battlefield in America’s War on Infidelity: A Call for the Revamping, Reviving, and Reworking of Criminal Conversation and Alienation of Affections,” was published. During and after law school, she clerked for the Honorable Frederick J. Schuck, Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County, Law Division.