Planning Around NY’s Estate Tax Cliff-Because a Pandemic Is Enough To Worry About

Estate Planning NJ: What is estate planning?

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The pandemic has caused a number of issues pertaining to housing taxes and employment. Because of the decline of housing has lost its value, there has been a year of unemployment benefits to make up for businesses and providing services for those in need. Through all these exhausting conflicts, we have to catch up by paying more taxes. When it comes to New York State taxes we have the federal and state tax to pay every year but you can try to avoid some.

To catch up on some payments you can always avoid it by either making any charitable donations, invest in an irrevocable life insurance trust and any deals are gifts from the family can help reduce the total estate tax at the end of the year. There’s more ways to do so but with an estate lawyer he or she can lead you to the right direction and because you are going through some financial issues, the price can be negotiable.


1. At what dollar amount does the estate tax kick in?

The estate tax kicks in if the estate itself with other assets equal up to at least $5 million.

2. What deductions are available to reduce the Estate Tax?

There’s marital deductions, charitable deductions, and proof of any extra mortgages can also reduce the estate tax. Other options include showing proof of any debt or losses during any estate transfer. This includes additional expenses as well.

3. How Often Should I Update My Estate Plan?

Your estate plan should be looked over every 5 years or so but may need adjustments if you’re involved in marriage, bear any children or filed for divorce. This is due to legal laws within the state and now who’s involved.

4. What is the benefit of hiring an attorney if free forms are available online?

Once an attorney is hired you have a professional say towards your Estate and where it’s being distributed. Free aren’t very beneficial and reliable because you’re not getting as much service as you would from an actual attorney. There may be some fallacies and interferences on these forms. This can cause difficulties at any court process difficult, longer and expensive.

5. Can a probate be avoided?

There’s an understanding when wanting to avoid a probate and it’s due to waiting a year for courts approval or even having the courts approval rather than your own. Both these things can pile more fees on top of the file the more complicated things get through many disagreements. Though most Wills or trusts are specific which already comes with it’s complications which is why it takes a while for the probate to process. It is necessary to use the probate because if you’re looking through the file rather than an attorney, you will be prone to mistakes and more fees that the attorney could of spotted. Upcoming mistakes can also cause the filing to be longer than it should. So you shouldn’t avoid any probates.

6. Can I Create an Plan on My Own?

You are free to create your own plan but doing so would have you leave any important details and is a good chance that will happen because of certain law terms you need to bring up. So creating your own plan may be an invalid one.

7.  Where can I store my will?

You should store the will in a kind of file cabinet or a safe but should be fireproof in case of a possible fire within the estate. You would have all the documents you need to save your money from this sort of incident. A safe deposit box should be avoided because your bank can limit access to the account after your death. At least one person you trust should know where your will is or file it with the Register of Wills but will hold them responsible as a representative unless announced in the will itself. Most important is that the will must be in an envelope.

8. Can an irrevocable trust be amended?

One thing you can do by is to remove assets you’ve written within the trust. You will still have the trust on file but it’ll be one that is empty. There’s also booking an appointment with the court through a trustee since he or she is responsible for making any adjustments as well in the trust even if it’s irrevocable. As long as there’s a good reason for the modification.

9. Can I collect unemployment if I go to school?

To receive unemployment you need to document that you’re looking for work and enrolled in school to receive some benefits.

10. How long do you have to work to collect unemployment in NY?

According to the official website, you need to be working for at least a month and in file at least $2,700 in wages.Your base period also needs to be higher than your quarter wages.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided in this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. The content of this blog may not reflect the most current legal developments. No attorney-client relationship is formed by reading this blog or contacting Morgan Legal Group.

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