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  • Jul 18, 2019Jill Lebowitz to Present at NJICLE Estate Planning Summer Institute

    Jill Lebowitz, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Digging Deeper into the New Jersey Inheritance Tax” for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Education (NJICLE) Estate Planning Summer Institute. The two-day program, co-sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, will be held Thursday, July 25, and Friday, July 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. Lebowitz will be speaking on the second day at 1:40 p.m. The Institute offers 13.4 CLE credits (including 1.0 ethics/professionalism credit) and is also available as a live webcast. For more information and to register, visit njsba.com or call NJICLE at 732-214-8500.

    Lebowitz devotes her practice to estate planning, trust and estate administration, and counseling tax-exempt organizations. She is experienced in drafting sophisticated estate planning instruments and counseling individuals and families regarding estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax issues. Lebowitz advises clients on the development of both simple and complex estate plans, philanthropic planning and business succession issues. She drafts estate planning instruments including wills, revocable living trusts, insurance trusts, dynasty trusts, charitable trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, shareholders agreements, limited liability company operating agreements, durable powers of attorney, and advance directives for health care.

    In addition, Lebowitz handles all aspects of trust and estate administration, as well as fiduciary litigation and guardianship matters. She prepares federal and state estate and inheritance tax returns and federal gift tax returns. She is knowledgeable in drafting disclaimers and agreements regarding post-mortem planning, informal distribution agreements, judicial fiduciary accountings, and handling court proceedings to effect final distribution of estates and trusts. She also counsels individuals and financial institutions regarding their fiduciary duties as personal representatives and trustees, including advising on legal and tax issues, as well as issues in connection with administering trusts.  She also assists individuals, families, and fiduciaries with all aspects of fiduciary litigation and handles guardianship matters.

    Lebowitz regularly advises tax-exempt organizations regarding federal tax exemption issues, state charitable registration filings, and governance issues. On behalf of tax-exempt organizations, she drafts nonprofit corporation documents and prepares federal applications for tax-exempt status, state charitable registration filings, and state property tax and sales tax exemption applications. She has extensive experience advising individuals, family and corporate foundations, and tax-exempt organizations on nonprofit corporate governance, private foundation excise taxes, domestic and international grant-making, executive compensation, excess benefit rules and intermediate sanctions, unrelated business income, scholarship programs, and fundraising issues.

    Lebowitz is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a national organization of approximately 2,500 lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence, and experience as trust and estate counselors. She has also been selected for inclusion on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers in the Estate & Probate section.

    Lebowitz is a Past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section and continues to serve on the Section’s Board of Consultors. She is also the Immediate Past President of the Greater Middlesex/Somerset Estate Planning Council and continues to serve on its Board of Trustees.

    Lebowitz earned her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law—Newark, and her B.A. from New York University.

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  • Apr 23, 2019Nichole Cipriani Presented to P.G. Chambers School Parents

    Nichole A. Cipriani, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented “Estate Planning 101 and Planning for Children with Special Needs” to parents at P.G. Chambers School (PGCS) in Cedar Knolls, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., on April 11, hosted by the P.G. Chambers Home School Association.  Cipriani discussed why having an estate plan is important and why an attorney is necessary.  She explained estate planning documents, wills, probate, inherited assets, power of attorney, death and transfer taxes, different types of trusts, 529 savings accounts, ABLE accounts, qualified disability expenses, guardianships, and charitable gifts.

    Serving ten counties in northern New Jersey, PGCS helps children with disabilities lead full, productive lives; develop confidence in their own unique abilities; and engage in the community through education and therapy. Abbey M. Horwitz, a Member of the firm, is an active volunteer with P.G. Chambers School, a member of the P.G. Chambers Board of Trustees, serves on the Development Committee, and coordinated and created the presentation.  Her daughter has been a student at the school for the past five years.  For more information about PGCS, visit www.chambersschool.org.

    A resident of Bernardsville, Cipriani devotes her practice to estate and tax planning, estate administration, guardianship, and fiduciary litigation.  She assists individuals and families with business succession planning, special needs and disability planning, and international estate planning.  She is experienced in preparing wills, insurance trusts, revocable trusts, qualified domestic trusts, grantor-retained annuity trusts, charitable trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, special needs trusts, supplemental benefits trusts, durable powers of attorney, and advance directives for health care.

    Cipriani has extensive experience representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service, preparing filings for individuals and legal entities, including Forms 706, 709, 990 and 1041, drafting and filing Tax Court petitions and Private Letter Ruling requests, and negotiating Innocent Spouse relief.  She is Co-Chair of the Elder, Estates and Trusts Committee of the Somerset County Bar Association.  She earned her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was a Presidential Scholar, and her B.S. from Emory University.  Cipriani is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and New York.

    Horwitz, a resident of Cedar Grove, practices primarily in the area of estate planning and administration.  She is experienced in preparing wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, advance directives for health care, and other estate planning documents.  She is also experienced in administering estates and trusts, including counseling executors and trustees; preparing estate, trust, and guardianship pleadings; preparing estate and trust accountings; preparing estate tax returns; handling estate tax audits; and preparing releases and waivers for distributions from estates and trusts.

    In addition, Horwitz has experience preparing corporate and LLC filings, including certificates of incorporation, articles of organization, bylaws, operating agreements, and IRC 501(c)(3) filings.

    Horwitz earned her LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University in 2018, her J.D. from New York Law School, where she received the Carbonell Fellowship in Law and Policy, in 2006, and her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000.

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  • Mar 25, 2019Shana Siegel to Speak at Montclair Library

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care and Special Needs Law Practice Group, will present “The Legal and Planning Issues Older Adults Need to Consider,” Monday, April 1, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., at the Montclair Public Library. The presentation, sponsored by AARP, will focus on planning for older adults. Topics will include health care decision making, estate planning goals, long-term care, power of attorney, and more. The event is open to the public and no registration is needed.

    Siegel concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), Shana has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Siegel was with WanderPolo & Siegel for over 10 years, five of which were as principal.  She has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the elder law bar and its clients. In 2015, she was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP).

    Siegel earned her J.D. from Georgetown University, honors, in 1994 and her B.A. from Barnard College, honors, in 1989. She is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the State Bar Elder Law Section, the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, and the Bergen and Essex County Bar Associations.

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  • Feb 08, 2019Dean Roberts to Present on Estates and Trusts for Co-op Shareholders

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Estate Planning and Trust Ownership” to shareholders of Morningside Heights Housing Corporation. The closed presentation will take place Saturday, February 9, 2 – 3:30 p.m., and again Thursday, February 28, 7 – 8:30 p.m., in New York City.

    Roberts will discuss how estates are handled in the state of New York, what shareholders can do to create a more seamless process to protect their assets, and the new forms and uses of trust now available to shareholders of Morningside Gardens. Throughout the presentation, Roberts will answer questions from attendees.

    Roberts focuses on real estate litigation with a sub-specialty in the representation of cooperative housing corporations and condominiums.  He has handled all facets of condominium and cooperative ownership from sponsor/purchase and conversion to representing well-established tenant-shareholder Boards of Directors.  Roberts also represents cooperative corporations and moderate-income co-ops in all areas of litigation, including landlord/tenant litigation.

    Through his involvement with the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, Roberts is active in court reform efforts and the cooperative movement.  In his community, he works to promote affordable housing as a director of the Cooperative Development Fund Board of Advisors and other housing programs.

    Roberts earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 1987 and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, in 1982.

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  • Nov 07, 2018James J. Costello, Jr. to Present on Using Trusts in Estate Planning and Asset Protection

    James J. Costello, Jr., a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Trust, Estate and Individual Tax Group, will be a featured speaker at “Using Trusts in Estate Planning and Asset Protection,” sponsored by The National Business Institute (NBI).  The seminar will take place at the Courtyard Princeton on Thursday, November 15, and Friday, November 16, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

    The seminar will address the effective use of trusts in estate planning and asset protection. Presenters will explore a variety of planning tools that will help tailor a trust that fits the client’s specific situation. CLE, CPE, IACET, and PACE credits are available. For more information or to register, please visit the NBI’s web site here.

    Costello focuses his practice on estate planning and administration, litigation and disputes among beneficiaries, general federal and state tax law and controversies, and the formation, dissolution, purchase, sale and mergers of all types of closely-held business entities.

    Costello represents individuals in all aspects of general and sophisticated estate planning, including drafting wills, lifetime and testamentary trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, prenuptial agreements and co-habitation agreements, employing sophisticated strategies when warranted matters include family limited liability companies (“LLCs”), sales to intentionally defective grantor trusts, spousal lifetime access trusts (“SLATS”), dynasty trusts and charitable trusts.  His representation of fiduciaries covers all aspects of estate and trust administration, including preparation and filing of federal and state estate and income tax returns; representation in IRS and New Jersey Division of Taxation audits; litigation and disputes among beneficiaries; preparation and filing of federal and state estate and inheritance tax returns; and defending those returns on audit.

    Costello has published articles and lectured extensively to civic and professional groups on estate planning, elder law, and tax law topics.  He is a former Trustee and Advisory Board Council member of Alzheimer’s New Jersey (formerly known as the Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association), and a former Trustee and Secretary of the Bernardsville Library Foundation, Inc. and currently serves on the Vestry of the Church of St. John on the Mountain in Bernardsville. Costello earned his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law and his M.L.T. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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  • Oct 19, 2018Using Trusts in Estate Planning and Asset Protection

    James J. Costello, Jr. will be a presenter at the seminar “Using Trusts in Estate Planning and Asset Protection.” The 2 day seminar is sponsored by the National Business Institute and will take place on Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16 from from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Courtyard Princeton. CLE and CPE credits are available.

    The seminar will guide attendees through how to effectively use trusts for estate planning and asset protection. Attendees will explore a variety of planning tools that will help them tailor a trust that fits their client’s specific situation.

    • Find out how to select the best trust option for each unique situation.
    • Protect retirement accounts with the use of IRA trusts.
    • Use trusts to help clients qualify for Medicaid while protecting their assets.
    • Discover ways to structure special needs trusts so beneficiaries still qualify for public benefits.
    • Learn how to minimize client’s tax burdens with the use of defective trusts.
    • Properly handle the administration of a trust.
    • Clarify who the client is to avoid conflicts of interest and other ethical violations.

    The basic to intermediate level seminar is designed for professionals involved in structuring and administering trusts:

    • Attorneys
    • CPAs and Accountants
    • Trust Officers
    • Tax Managers
    • Wealth Managers
    • Paralegals

    To register, please click here.

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