Tax Planning

Tax Planning

In recent years, the tax laws have been modified to enable most individuals and couples to transfer wealth without engaging in complex tax planning techniques.   However, for clients who continue to have exposure to estate taxes, we can advise and assist with the implementation of strategies such as:

  • Credit shelter trusts (intended to use the available estate tax exemption at the first death of a member of a married couple, often combined with GST planning);
  • Grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs) (a vehicle designed to transfer future appreciation in a high growth asset outside of the tax system);
  • Qualified personal residence trusts (QPRTs) (a method for transferring a valuable personal residence or vacation home on a discounted basis);
  • Spousal lifetime access trusts (SLATs) (a trust funded for a client’s spouse, typically to take advantage of a large lifetime gift exemption before changes in the tax laws reduce the exemption);
  • Generation-skipping transfer (GST) trusts (trusts designed to benefit successive generations of a family without subjecting the assets to estate taxation in each generation);
  • Charitable trusts (allowing a client to fulfill philanthropic objectives while also benefiting the client’s family on a tax-advantaged basis).

Neal Brodsky


I concentrate my law practice on planning for the transfer of family wealth and the design and implementation of tax-advantaged asset transfers. I also help clients establish and administer closely-held business and real estate entities, such as corporations and limited liability companies.

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When the time comes to prepare or update your estate plan, you are going to want lawyers with experience and insight — someone who will help you not only determine how you want your assets to be distributed but also preserve and protect those assets for future generations. Similarly, if you are involved in business or tax planning, you want lawyers with an understanding of the impact such an issue has on your future.