Attorneys Blanchard and McPhee successfully defended Taft Hill Tree Farm and owners Eric and Patricia Scott from a title action brought by adjacent landowners.
by John C. Newman, Esq. and Matthew D. Getty, Esq. This article addresses the issues that can arise when a parent dies owning Vermont real estate as well as the various approaches a parent or any other owner of Vermont property might consider as part of their estate planning.
On June 6, 2014, the VT Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hale Mountain Fish & Game Club in an appeal by neighbors who have been trying to shut down the 60+-year-old club located in Shaftsbury, VT.
We recently met with a new estate planning client who is not a native Vermonter, but a West-coast transplant. This client felt compelled to meet with us after he had read somewhere that Vermont was “not a good place to die owning real property”.
If you or a member of your family has foreign investment accounts, and/or interests in trusts, corporations or other foreign entities that have not been disclosed to the IRS, I strongly suggest you read on, because there is a growing list of reasons to “come clean” now.
Attorney John Newman gives insight into common questions people have about simple wills, probate disbutes and estate planning.
Granted, in this strangest of winters we’re all more than ready for the arrival of a little snow and ice. But attorneys in Vermont may also want to think about preparing their clients for the arrival of ICE of a different sort – the federal agency of Immigration & Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE.
In our immigration practice, we receive the occasional call from a Canadian who wishes to enter the United States but cannot due to a criminal conviction. For example, we recently advised on the case of an individual who had been barred from entering the United States because of a conviction for the possession of one marijuana cigarette in the United States 10 or 20 years ago (at a time when President Clinton was admitting that he had smoked marijuana, but “did not inhale”).
During our seminar at the March 2008 Bar Meeting, we had a lively exchange on the potential ethical pitfalls of joint representation. To further this discussion, we would like to offer some language that you might consider for your estate planning joint engagement letters.
A little history is helpful in understanding the imposition of an exit tax on US citizens and long-term residents who commit a taxable act of expatriation on or after June 17, 2008. Since 1966, the Internal Revenue Code has contained anti-abuse rules attempting to tax individuals who renounce their US citizenship for tax avoidance.