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T&E Litigation Newsletter- 11/30/16
Practice: Probate & Fiduciary Litigation
The Supreme Judicial Court recently issued its decision in Degiacomo v. City of Quincy, No. SJC-11940, 2016 WL 6683970, at *1 (Mass. Nov. 15, 2016), which is the latest chapter in a story that began with a trust established nearly 200 years ago by former President John Adams in 1822. 

Charitable Giving Before Tax Law Changes Under the New Administration
Practice: Charitable Planning, Private Client & Trust, Tax
Significant changes are expected to U.S. tax laws following the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States and the Republican Party’s retention of control over both houses of Congress. The details of any legislation are far from settled, but early indications suggest that charitably-minded individuals who have the means to do so may be wise to make larger donations in 2016, possibly accelerating expected 2017 charitable gifts to this year.

T&E Litigation Newsletter- 11/14/16
Practice: Probate & Fiduciary Litigation

Recent Amendment to Massachusetts State Zoning Law Clarifies Status of Nonconforming Structures
Practice: Land Use
On August 4, 2016, Governor Baker signed into law H3811, “An Act relative to nonconforming structures.” 

Update: EB-5 Regional Center Program Receives Short-Term Extension
Practice: EB-5 Financing, Real Estate
On September 29, 2016, as part of recently enacted federal spending legislation, the EB-5 Regional Center Program received a short-term extension through December 9, 2016

Massachusetts State Building Code Update:  Amendments to 8th Edition adopted effective August 12th with Concurrency Period until January 1, 2017
Practice: Real Estate
On July 19, 2016, the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards voted to approve certain amendments to the energy provisions of the 8th Edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code under 780 CMR 13 (commercial energy efficiency standards), section 11 of 780 CMR 51 (residential energy standards), and 780 CMR 115 Appendix AA (Stretch Energy Code). 

Proposed Rules Would Limit Valuation Discounts for Family Controlled Entities
Practice: Private Client & Trust, Tax
On August 2, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service proposed regulations that would severely limit valuation discounts for lack of marketability and lack of control that taxpayers have historically applied for federal gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax purposes when transferring interests in family controlled entities. Taxpayers who want to take advantage of traditional discounts must do so before the proposed regulations are finalized, which may be as early as December.

T&E Litigation Newsletter- 8/10/16
Practice: Private Client & Trust, Probate & Fiduciary Litigation
On August 4, 2016, the Supreme Judicial Court issued its highly anticipated decision in Pfannenstiehl v. Pfannenstiehl, 2016 Mass. LEXIS 591, reversing an Appeals Court decision that had been a hot topic of discussion among many members of the family law, estate planning, and trust bars.

T&E Litigation Newsletter- 7/13/16
Practice: Private Client & Trust, Probate & Fiduciary Litigation
The first two weeks of July have brought us some warm weather and three new decisions worth noting.

T&E Litigation Newsletter- 7/5/16
Practice: Private Client & Trust, Probate & Fiduciary Litigation
Two decisions issued in June will be of interest to probate litigators and estate planning lawyers.  
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