WalletPop: McManus on Estate Planning

John McManus is quoted throughout “Neglecting Estate Planning Is a Grave Error”:

Many people don’t bother to create an estate plan because they don’t think they have enough money to make it worth the effort, but John O. McManus, an estate attorney and founder of New Jersey-based McManus & Associates, points out that you don’t have to be a billionaire for your estate to add up. If you have a 401(k), life insurance, and a house that appreciated in value despite the downturn, your estate is likely to surpass $1 million. If you’re a small business owner, that total can skyrocket.

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Avoiding estate taxes and probate fees is where smart estate planning comes in. McManus says that whether you want to leave your money to your spouse or your dog, getting expert advice to spell out your wishes in a will — and possibly a trust — is a smart idea.

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Forbes: “How To Make The Most Of Your Inheritance”

Forbes’ Living Well in Retirement article, “How To Make The Most Of Your Inheritance” quotes John McManus:

John O. McManus, an estate lawyer in New Providence, N.J., has clients who used an inheritance to buy a beach house, an asset the couple viewed as appreciating, and as a memorial of sorts to their parents. His clients’ thinking, he explains: “This is place for the extended family to congregate and reminisce, and it supports the family values that grandma and grandpa espoused.”

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Avenue Magazine: “Is your estate protected in 2011?”

The January, 2011 issue of Avenue Magazine features an article by John McManus, Is your estate protected in 2011?:

Now that the estate tax debate in Congress is over (for now), there is no better time for individuals and families to take action and optimize their estate plans. As we embark on a new year, we must resolve to capitalize on estate planning strategies that will not only spur asset growth for our heirs, but also ensure that a legacy of values continues for our loved ones.


Financial Advisor Magazine: “GRATs Dodge Regulatory Bullet”

Financial Advisor Magazine quotes John McManus for their story, “GRATs Dodge Regulatory Bullet”:

In March, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill with a provision that would have limited some of their tax benefits. A bill that failed in the Senate earlier this month would have required that GRATs be set up for a minimum 10-year term, making them much less attractive.

While many people did set up GRATs this year, others were on the fence, waiting to see how Congress would weigh in. Nevertheless, President Barack Obama signed the bill into law Friday.

Now, some hedge-fund and private-equity executives who sat on GRAT plans during the estate tax repeal this year, are “moving forward because they see more certainty on the horizon,” says John O. McManus, an estate lawyer in New York.

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