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Paley Rothman shares this library of resources with clients and friends of the firm to help them stay ahead of legal and business developments and trends. Here, you will find helpful tips and tools written by our attorneys.

Corporate, Tax

Maryland Comptroller’s Office Comes to Paley Rothman!

Paley Rothman was honored to host a lively question and answer lunch with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot along with several other officials from the Comptroller’s office on Friday, June 5. Comptroller Franchot and his colleagues graciously answered many questions raised by the attorneys here.

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Estate Planning

Maryland Law Clarifies Patient’s End-Of-Life Wishes

One of the most important parts of any estate plan is providing for your health care treatment in case you become disabled and cannot make medical decisions yourself. You may already have signed an Advance Directive, designating someone (a “health care agent” ) to make medical decisions for you, and also stating your wishes for the withholding of medical treatment in extreme situations.

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Estate Planning

Estate & Gift Tax Laws Provide Benefits For Now

In December 2010, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act became law. It keeps the 2010 income tax rates in place for 2011 and 2012 and maintains many of the other so-called “Bush tax cuts.” The new legislation also makes several important (and surprising) changes to the federal estate tax laws. Unfortunately, most of the provisions of the new law expire after 2012 and those favorable changes will remain in place only if future legislation is passed.

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Estate Planning, Tax

The Estate Tax Is Gone (For Now)

As most people know by now, the federal estate tax was repealed as of January 1, 2010. This actually was part of the much acclaimed “death tax” repeal enacted in 2001, but most tax experts never thought the repeal would make its way into law. They said the deficit is too great, the budget has to be balanced, tax revenues are needed to pay for TARP, etc. Congress had tried on several occasions to pass some sort of compromise bill, yet it never happened. What a surprise; politics got in the way of effective governing. Yet that’s a topic for another day.

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