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Allison Pedrazzi (“Allie”) is an associate in the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice, where she works with families and individuals in all aspects of estate planning, trust and probate administration, and related real estate, tax and business succession issues. Allie draws on her personal experience with her family’s trust administration to assist families in evaluating their goals and options before crafting detailed and personalized plans.

Like most estate planners, we always remind clients that tax and estate planning laws are subject to change and frequently do. As busy practitioners, it is impossible for us to reach out to every client when a change might affect him or her, so we remind all clients to come back to see us if they have questions or are concerned about how recent developments affect their plans (and in any event, at least every three to five years).

Continue Reading Guess What? The Laws HAVE Changed – Avoiding a Conduit Trust Catastrophe after the SECURE Act

Thanks to Law and Order, we’re all familiar with the beginning of a person’s Miranda Warning: “You have the right to remain silent.  Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.”  What many may not know, however, is that this is a right only afforded to those involved in criminal proceedings.  In civil cases, there is no constitutional right to refuse to testify.  Historically, this has been intended to ensure that our criminal justice system—which can deprive a person of their freedom, property, and even their life—remains accusatorial, not inquisitorial.  A civil matter, on the other hand, is meant to resolve disputes between individuals and does not threaten the same consequences, so public policy favors bringing forth the information that a person’s testimony offers , even if it is against his or her self-interest.

Continue Reading When Do You NOT have the Right to Remain Silent? Conservatorship Proceedings and Equal Protection Clause Claims