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Federal District Court Invalidates Application Of HUD Regulation Requiring Full Payment Of Reverse Mortgage From Surviving Spouses

On September 30, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia held that a HUD regulation defining conditions under which it would insure a reverse mortgage agreement, which would have made it easier for lenders to...more

Bill To Prevent Cottage Uncapping Signed Into Law

On December 27, 2012, HR-4753 was signed into law by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder....more

Act Fast to Capture Benefit of Current Gift Tax Exemption

Bay Area families that have yet to take advantage of the current gift tax exemption are running out of time. As of midnight on December 31, 2012, the $5 million exemption disappears and will be replaced by a $1 million...more

CFTC’s Expanded Jurisdiction Over Swaps May Capture Certain Real Estate Investment Trusts

As a result of the pending expansion of the jurisdiction of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to include most swaps, some publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) may soon be considered “commodity...more

2011 Amendments to the New Jersey Bulk Sale Law and Their Application to Single- and Two-Family Residences

On Wednesday, September 14, 2011, Governor Christie signed into law amendments to the New Jersey Bulk Sale Law. Enacted as chapter 124 of the Public Laws of 2011, these amendments narrow the scope of N.J.S.A. 54:50-38, signed...more

Duty of Trustee to Challenge Real Estate Assessment by James W. Ryan

Anyone who owns or manages property in his/her capacity as a trustee or some other fiduciary role should be attentive to the possible appeal of periodic property tax valuations. Generally, each municipality in Rhode Island is...more

Important Tax Alert

As of December 31, 2009, Congress had not acted to forestall the total repeal of the federal estate tax for 2010. Congressional leadership has indicated that legislation will be introduced that will reinstate the tax...more

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