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Which High-End Neighborhoods in the New York Tri-State Area Have the Lowest Property Taxes?

January 9, 2020

Kathleen M. Merrigan, a Residential Real Estate Principal in Cummings & Lockwood's Greenwich office, was quoted in an article by V. L. Hendrickson published in Mansion Global on January 9, 2010 entitled “Which High-End Neighborhoods in the New York Tri-State Area Have the Lowest Property Taxes?”


No Thank You: Tax, Legal and Practical Consequences of Charitable Gifts Returned to Donors

January 1, 2020

Conrad Teitell, Heather J. Rhoades and Brianna L Marquis wrote an article for Trusts and Estate Magazine entitled "No Thank You:  Tax, Legal and Practical Consequences of Charitable Gifts Returned to Donors" which was published in the January 2020 Issue.

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How to Handle Gifts from 'Tainted' Donors

October 8, 2019

It’s increasingly easier to find information about almost anyone on the internet. Individuals in the public eye, including celebrities and the ultra-wealthy, know that whether the information is positive or negative, it’s probably out there somewhere.

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What is a Grantor Trust and How Are Grantor Trusts Used in Estate Planning?

September 10, 2019

Estate planners and accountants often use the phrase “Grantor Trust.”  The term Grantor Trust is a term of art used to describe the tax treatment of certain trusts under the income tax code. 


Creating and Operating Charitable Entities

September 2019

Should a client create a private foundation (PF) or donor-advised fund (DAF) - or contribute directly to a public charity? The answer: it depends on the facts of each client’s situation.

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Greenwich Magazine - 203 Ways to Live the Good Life in Fairfield County

July 2019 Issue

No. 193 - Thank goodness you've drafted your Will, so now you don't have anything to worry about.  Actually, maybe you do.  Contrary to popular belief, your Will does not control what happens to everything you own upon your death.

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Major Changes in CT Trust Law Offer Expanded Protections, Possible Windfall for State

July 6, 2019

Sweeping changes to Connecticut’s trust laws  are set to take effect on January 1, 2020, bringing the state into alignment with several others and potentially creating a windfall of millions of dollars for Connecticut’s coffers.

Fairfield Couny Business Journal - Daily Voice Plus Section
By Keith Zimmerman


How Much Will the Mansion Tax in Connecticut Increase Fees on Sales?

July 4, 2019

The law, which has existed for some time, has increased rates on the most expensive homes.  Kathleen M. Merrigan, a Residential Real Estate Principal in the Greenwich office, was quoted in an article by V.L. Hendrickson published in Mansion Global on July 4, 2019.


Connecticut Adopts Omnibus Trust Code

June 27, 2019

Kelley Galica Peck, a Principal in the West Hartford office, wrote an article for Steve Leimberg’s Estate Planning Newsletter entitled “Connecticut Adopts Omnibus Trust Code.”


Fractional Gifts of Art

Reducing Capital Gains Taxes with Charitable Remainder Trusts

Conrad Teitell, Laura Weintraub Beck and Sarah A. Ricciardi wrote an article for Trusts and Estate Magazine entitled "Fractional Gifts of Art" which was published in the June 2019 Issue.

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By Conrad Teitell, Laura Weintraub Beck, and Sarah A. Ricciardi


Greenwich Magazine - Family Matters

From Her Career to Her Philanthropic Endeavors, Laura Beck is Breaking Down Walls
May 2019 Issue

Rather than avoid an uncomfortable subject, Laura Weintraub Beck, Chairman of the Private Clients Group at the Cummings & Lockwood law firm, uses her legal expertise to help clients navigate the complexities of life and death in a financially savvy and meaningful way.

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Add Calling Your Trusts and Estates Attorney to Your To Do List Before Your High School Grad Heads Off to College the Fall

May 21, 2019

Congratulations! Your child has graduated high school, been accepted to college and has either turned 18 years old or is close to it.  As you make your college prep to do list, you might want to add calling your trusts and estate attorney to the list.