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In this video, Heather J. Rhoades, a Principal in Cummings & Lockwood’s Private Clients Group, discusses how charitable giving can be incorporated into an estate plan, as well as describes the more common charitable structures or techniques, such as Charitable Lead Trusts, Charitable Remainder Unitrusts and Private Foundations. (2:01)
In this video, Mary Beth Crawford, a Principal in Cummings & Lockwood’s Private Clients Group, discusses who is responsible for settling an estate, what happens if there is no Will and how long it typically takes to settle an estate, as well as outlines the seven principal duties of an Executor. (2:40)
In this video, Daniel G. Johnson, a Principal in Cummings & Lockwood’s Private Clients Group, discusses what a fiduciary is, the roles and responsibilities of a fiduciary, and the selection of fiduciaries, which might include a family member, non-family member, a trust company or bank with a trust department, or a trusts and estates attorney or accountant who regularly serves as Executor or Trustee. (2:23)
In this video, Daniel P, Fitzgerald, a Principal in Cummings & Lockwood’s Private Clients Group, discusses the estate planning opportunities presented by the Connecticut Directed Trust Act. (2:38)
In this video, Kelley Galica Peck, a Principal in Cummings & Lockwood’s Private Clients Group, discusses new asset protection planning in Connecticut through Asset Protection Trusts. (2:42)
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?”
Conrad Teitell, Heather J. Rhoades and Brianna L Marquis wrote an article for Trusts and Estates 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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Private foundations will now be subject to a flat excise tax of 1.39% on their net investment income. As part of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, Public Law No. 116-94, that was passed on December 20, 2019, the new flat rate will be effective for tax years beginning after December 20, 2019.
This year marked Cummings & Lockwood's 110th anniversary. Our founders, Homer Cummings and Charles Lockwood, opened the firm over a century ago in Stamford, Connecticut. Since then, we have grown to over 200 lawyers, fiduciary accountants, paralegals and staff, with six locations in Connecticut and Florida.
The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement ("SECURE") Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate as part of the Spending Bill and is expected to be signed by the President before December 24th.
Cummings & Lockwood Assists with the Refinancing of Greenwich Plaza, One of the Largest Commercial Real Estate Financings in Fairfield County in 2019December 4, 2019
Cummings & Lockwood recently represented The Ashforth Company on its $150 million refinancing of the Greenwich Plaza office and retail complex, a trophy property located in the central business district of Greenwich, overlooking Long Island Sound
This chart details the federal estate and gift tax rates and exemptions for the period 2017-2026.