estate planning


Millennials Making Wills Amid COVID Highlights Risks of Inaction

The 2021 Wills and Estate Planning Study documented a trend familiar to Trust & Estate attorneys: Younger adults are embracing the wisdom of making a will and engaging in estate planning amid fears and uncertainty created by COVID-19. The study revealed that younger adults are 63 percent more likely to have a will than […]


Estate Tax Law Changes Are on Hold for Now

Changes to the federal estate and gift tax laws that emerged from the U.S. House of Representatives as part of the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376) have been removed from the latest version of the legislation. Key provisions to be dropped—at least for now—include dramatically lowering the estate and gift tax exemption amount, and


Matthew Sponheimer Joins Cramer & Anderson as Trust & Estate Associate

Attorney Matthew J. Sponheimer has joined Cramer & Anderson as a Trust & Estate Associate, working with Partner Joshua Weinshank in the firm’s Ridgefield office and focusing on Estate Planning, wills and trusts, Medicaid planning, and Elder Law issues. Attorney Sponheimer is also experienced in the designation of health care agents, powers of attorney, HIPPA  information release


Attorney Weinshank Guides Distributions for Notable Foundations

Notable charitable foundations guided by Cramer & Anderson Partner Art Weinshank distributed nearly $200,000 in support so far this year to a wide range of nonprofits and public service organizations—with more assistance still to come. Attorney Weinshank manages the philanthropic legacy of the late Academy Award-nominated actor Richard Widmark as Vice President of The Jean Widmark &


ABLE Disabilities Savings Act Goes Online in Connecticut

The federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which helps those with disabilities create savings or investment accounts to pay for qualifying expenses tax free, is finally up and running in Connecticut. The ABLE Act was signed into law in 2014, and Connecticut Public Act 15-80 was passed in 2015 to implement the law by


Coronavirus Presents Estate Planning, Tax Saving Opportunities

The coronavirus-inspired rise in estate planning continues as people who fear for their health take necessary measures and others stop procrastinating and start estate plans or complete a process they began but then set aside. Media coverage of the phenomenon focuses on basics—the necessity of having a will, and the importance for parents of trust


Estate Planning Is Up With Everyone Social Distancing at Home

Forbes is reporting a rise in estate planning as most Americans remain sequestered at home to stay safe from the COVID-19 coronavirus and have time to take care of personal and financial matters they have been putting off.   “Many people are reaching out to execute estate plans they have put off finalizing and signing,” the story says. “Others

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New Milford End of Life Panel Discussion Features Cramer & Anderson

Cramer & Anderson Partners Randy DiBella and Josh Weinshank are participating in an End of Life Expert Panel Discussion March 18 at the Candlewood Valley Health & Rehabilitation Center in New Milford. “Making ‘End of Life’ decisions can be heart-breaking, confusing and even frightening,” an event flier says. “To help you make the best choices for your loved one, we’ve compiled

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