Tax, Trusts & Estates

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The Cole Schotz Tax, Trusts & Estates attorneys counsel individuals and businesses in a range of tax and estate planning strategies.

Our clients include owners of family businesses where succession planning and asset protection are linked, and individuals of substantial means who wish to take advantage of sophisticated tax planning techniques to retain and build their wealth for future generations.


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We succeeded in substantiating, in IRS proceedings, the transfer of approximately $6 million of assets out of a client’s taxable estate shortly before the client’s death with no transfer tax consequences. The taxpayer funded a limited partnership with $10 million of assets and then sold a 50% limited partnership interest to her children in exchange for a private annuity, transferred approximately 10% to a charitable lead trust and transferred small percentage interests to the taxpayer’s children and grandchildren. These strategies saved the family approximately $3 million in estate taxes.

Cole Schotz has published a book titled On the Road to Florida: Cole Schotz's Practical Guide to Changing Your Residence from New Jersey or New York. Authored by the attorneys in the Tax, Trusts and Estates Department, and edited by Gary A . Phillips, the book serves as a guide to saving significant tax dollars by moving from New Jersey or New York and establishing residency in Florida. If you are interested in receiving a complimentary copy, please send an email including your mailing address to
Toward a Better Buy-Sell Agreement

New Jersey Law Journal Business succession planning: Encourage your clients to get it done February 5, 2015

Steven M. Saraisky
Higher Exemption Amount Does Not Eliminate Need for Creative Estate Strategies

Aspatore Books Inside the Minds: Family and Business Succession Planning, 2014 ed.

Mary W. Browning
Florida Becomes the 36th State to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

Tax, Trusts & Estates Law Monitor January 9, 2015

Daniel B. Axman
President Obama Signs Into Law Tax Extenders and ABLE Act

Tax, Trusts & Estates Law Monitor December 19, 2014

Daniel B. Axman
ABLE Accounts for Disabled Individuals - Senate is now ABLE to Act

Tax, Trusts & Estates Law Monitor December 8, 2014

Daniel B. Axman
Extension of 2014 Qualified Charitable Distributions

Tax, Trusts & Estates Law Monitor December 4, 2014

Daniel B. Axman
2015 Estate And Gift Tax Update

Tax, Trusts & Estates Law Monitor October 31, 2014

Gary A. Phillips

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