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NYS Tax Department Reverses Position on Statutory Residence Rule

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (the Department) has backed off from an aggressive position that it has been taking in cases involving New York residence issues....more

Cure and Reinstatement of Home Mortgages in Chapter 13: Florida's Bright-Line Rule is Not So Bright

Section 1322(c)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code allows debtors to cure defaults and reinstate a mortgage on their principal residence "until such residence is sold at a foreclosure sale that is conducted in accordance with...more

How Does Moving Impact Your Financial and Estate Plan Health?

I'm moving. So moving (and packing, hauling, and unpacking) is on my mind. It occurred to me that many clients have questions about what moving means for their financial and estate plans. ...more

The Texas Supreme Court Upholds a Vacancy Condition and Refuses to Expand the Prejudice Requirement.

In Greene v. Farmers Ins. Co., 2014 Tex. LEXIS 757 (Tex. Aug. 29, 2014), the Texas Supreme Court affirmed a denial of coverage under a homeowner’s policy because the owner had vacated the home. Plaintiff purchased a Texas...more

Tax Implications: Selling Your Home

If you've lived at a property for at least two out of the five years before you sell your home, you can consider that property your primary residence or "main home", per the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS will then...more

Creditors Beware: Married Couples Claiming Homestead Protection on Two Residences May Avoid a Forced Sale

Florida’s homestead exemption protects a married couple’s primary residence from forced sale to satisfy a judgment lien, but what happens when spouses retain two properties as their individual primary residences, claiming...more

TILA versus TILA: Rescission by Notice or Lawsuit

Here’s something to ponder on: “Whether the Truth in Lending Act entitles homeowners to rescind their mortgage commitment by notifying the lender in writing within the period specified by the statute, or whether the...more

Protecting your real estate assets

When preparing an estate plan, asset protection for real estate is particularly challenging, because it’s the only asset that can’t be moved. Gifting it is one option, but this leaves the property exposed to creditors. This...more

Can I Remove My Spouse From Our Home During the Divorce Litigation?

We know how difficult it is to remain under the same roof with your spouse during a divorce. Generally, during an initial consultation, clients always ask us what is the quickest way to remove his/her spouse from the marital...more

Bankruptcy Court Sheds Light on MA Homestead Protection of Downstream Trust Beneficiaries

Suppose the following: Title to a home is held by Trust A. The beneficiaries of Trust A are three natural persons and Trust B. Trust B holds a 25% beneficial interest in Trust A. The sole beneficiaries of Trust B are Mom...more

Important Trends And Factors To Consider As Empty Nesters Downsize

As boomers reach retirement age, they are seeking a more carefree lifestyle by reducing the square footage of both house and yard, and purchasing more new and easily maintained homes....more

Permanent Place of Abode Requires Actual Use of Property as Taxpayer’s Residence

The New York Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court and held that in order for an individual to have a “permanent place of abode” in New York for purposes of determining...more

Thinking Of Establishing Florida Residency? What To Consider Before Changing Your Legal Residence

Many clients whose family circumstances and employment situation permit them to spend in excess of six months every year in Florida may elect to become Florida residents. The biggest advantage, compared to being Michigan...more

School Districts: New York State Allows School Districts The Option To Offer Significant Real Property Tax Exemption To Veterans...

In December of 2013, the New York State Legislature expanded Real Property Tax Law ("RPTL") Section 458-a. As originally enacted in the 1980s, RPTL Section 458-a provided a partial exemption from county, city, town and...more

Tax Free Income For Up To 14 Days Rental Of Personal Residence

Planning a vacation this summer but don't know how to finance it? Consider renting out your personal residence while you are away and pocketing the rental income tax-free!...more

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