Innovative legal, business and regulatory advisors
Edward A. Gramigna, Jr. assists clients in all areas of taxatio
n with a particular emphasis
on estate planning, estate administration and probate litigation
matters. He is a former
managing partner of the firm and a former partner in charge of
the Florham Park office.
Ed has extensive experience in the preparation of wills, trust
s and other estate planning
documents, including sophisticated wills, insurance trusts,
retained annuity trusts, charitable trusts, qualified personal
residence trusts and asset
protection trusts. He is routinely involved in tax analysi
s regarding complex issues in
federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax and inc
ome tax planning for
trusts and estates.
Ed also advises individuals and corporate fiduciaries with
respect to probate matters, as
well as the ongoing administration of trusts and estates.
He counsels fiduciaries
extensively on the interpretation of wills and trusts, as wel
l as post-mortem tax planning
and income-tax planning. He has extensive experience representing i
fiduciaries in Internal Revenue Service audits of estate tax and gi
ft tax returns.
What is a trust?
In simplest terms, it
s a legal agreement between three parties:
The trustmaker: This is the individual who creates the trust agreement, also
referred to as the grantor, trustor or settlor.
This person or entity is responsible for managing the prop
trustmaker titles in the name of the trust.
The beneficiary or beneficiaries: These people or entities receive the benefits of the
property titled in the name of the trust.
Top Ten Reasons to Have a Will
You decide how your estate will be distributed.
You decide who will take care of your minor children.
To avoid a lengthy probate process.
Minimize estate taxes.
You decide who will wind up the affairs of your estate.
You can disinherit individuals who would otherwise
stand to inherit.
Make gifts and donations.
Avoid greater legal challenges.
Because you can change your mind if your life circumstanc
Because tomorrow is not promised.
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