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As we approach the end of 2019, I am reminded that this was supposed to have been the year in which New York’s estate tax exclusion amount was to have become the same as the federal estate tax exclusion amount.[i] As things turned out, it didn’t come close, but that wasn’t Albany’s fault, not

“Charitable Behavior”

Our society is fortunate that so many business owners are charitably inclined.

In many cases, their charitable activities are motivated purely by a desire to help others, whether the object of their assistance is a favorite social welfare agency, museum, school or university, religious institution, hospital, scientific research organization, or you name it.

“Charitable Behavior”

Our society is fortunate that so many business owners are charitably inclined.

In many cases, their charitable activities are motivated purely by a desire to help others, whether the object of their assistance is a favorite social welfare agency, museum, school or university, religious institution, hospital, scientific research organization, or you name it.

Imagine, if you will, the owner of a closely held business. Although the business has done well, the owner believes they can take it to the proverbial “next level” by dedicating another five years of intense effort and some additional investment, following which they will try to sell the business.

After learning of this “plan”

Mostly Divisions

Over the last several months, many of the projects on which I have been working have involved the division of a corporation or of a partnership. Yes, there have been purchases and sales of businesses along the way. And, yes, there have been restructurings of organizations for various purposes, including to facilitate a

The Break-Up

After a tense period of disagreement and stalemate, the threat of litigation,[i] the ensuing economic and emotional stress, Client and their former fellow-shareholder (“Departing”) – and onetime friend, before their disagreement on the direction of the business turned into much worse – have gone their separate ways. The corporation (“Corp”)[ii] through