Our office is currently closed, but we continue to provide legal services by working remotely.
In light of Governor Wolf’s emergency declaration and current recommendations our office is currently closed. Our attorneys and staff continue to work remotely, however, and we can assure you they are set up to respond to your calls, emails and all communications. For more details on AMM operations during this time, read our full update.
Thank you for your understanding, and please take care.
Antheil Maslow & MacMinn are proud to support the Bucks County Opportunity Council's 15th Annual Economic Self-Sufficiency Graduation and Achievement Awards Ceremony and Dinner on October 12, 2011 and encourage others to support this wonderful local organization which accomplishes real positive change in the lives of individuals, and our community.
The mission of Bucks County Opportunity Council, Inc. is to empower low-income people in Bucks County to achieve their goals for sustainable improvement in economic self-sufficiency by a personalized case management approach founded on education and partnership with the community.
The Economic Self-Sufficiency Achievement Awards and Graduation is held annually to celebrate the success of hard-working, motivated Economic Self-Sufficiency Program participants who have surpassed all of the benchmarks in the Opportunity Council's unique, research-based self-sufficiency standard. The event also inspires Economic Self-Sufficiency Program participants on the path toward graduation and pays tribute to the supporters, donors, volunteers and staff that contribute to the success of the program.
To learn more about this wonderful program, visit the BCOC website: http://bcoc.org/about/
As you may be aware, the “Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010”, which passed on December 17, 2010, raised the Federal estate and gift tax exemption for 2011 and 2012 to $5 Million dollars per person ($10 Million for gift splitting spouses) and reduced the top tax rate to 35%. Since then, Antheil Maslow & MacMinn has been advising clients to consider taking advantage of those provisions by using estate planning techniques which involve making lifetime gifts. According to the Act, on January 1, 2013, the estate and gift tax exemptions are scheduled to revert to $1 Million per person, and the top tax rate will rise to 55%. Additionally, there is growing speculation that the Super Committee's report (due on November 23rd), or the resulting legislation, will shorten the time to act, making it important to plan now. Those who choose not to take advantage of the current legislation could pay up to $2.2 Million more in Federal estate and gift tax.
For clients who could have Federal estate tax exposure, the present uncertainty provides an additional incentive to take advantage of the current $5 Million exemption by planning now rather than risk losing the benefit. In addition to the favorable current estate and gift tax laws, low interest rates and depressed asset values (real estate in particular) have made a lifetime gifting strategy even more appealing.
We do not know who may become subject to a Federal Estate Tax in the future. It is possible that will include a single person with a net worth above $1,000,000 or a couple above $2,000,000, but taking advantage of the current $5 Million lifetime exemption before it expires offers an unprecedented opportunity. If you have not considered making gifts this year, or have decided to give but have not implemented your plan, you are encouraged to contact your regular AMM attorney, or either Alan G. Wandalowski, Esq. or Timothy M. White, Esq., from our estate planning department, to discuss how implementing gifting strategies in 2011 may enhance your estate plan.
Alan Wandalowski, Esquire is participating in the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Leader Advancement Program, designed for entrepreneurs, business and non-profit professionals. This dynamic nine-month, thirteen session program offers a select group of Chamber members rare, in-depth access to Central Bucks County’s most influential non-profit, corporate and government leaders.
Participants engage in interactive panel discussions featuring top leaders in a variety of fields, and gain an expanded knowledge of Central Buck’s County’s history, quality of life, cultural benefits, and issues facing today’s leaders.
Alan is really enjoying the program, and comments: “I feel very fortunate to participate in such a rich and comprehensive program. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of the culture, government, history and community of Bucks County. I am confident that the experiences and relationships I gain from my participation will allow me to do this and in turn, enrich my professional life significantly.”
Visit Alan’s Linkedin Profile for updates on the special events Alan participates in during the course of the program, at:
This week is National Estate Planning Awareness Week, and Antheil Maslow & MacMinn encourages you to use this as an opportunity to discuss estate planning with your family and your attorney. For those without a plan, you should create and implement one immediately. For those whose circumstances have changed (birth of a child, divorce, death of a beneficiary, relocation, etc.) since their plan was last updated, its a good time to review the plan now. And, for those fortunate enough to have significant assets (in excess of $5 Million), you really should learn about tax planning strategies that could reduce your estate, gift, and GST tax exposure allowing you to pass more wealth on to your family. In fact, this fall there are some unprecedented opportunities for lifetime giving to reduce federal transfer taxes.
If you have questions about estate planning in general, and would like to meet with us about creating, changing, or just updating your estate plan, or are interested in learning about transfer tax planning, please contact one of our estate planning attorneys to schedule a courtesy consultation.
Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP is proud to sponsor Big Brother Big Sisters of Bucks County's An Evening for Kids Sake, Celebrating the Accomplishments of the Youth of Bucks County. Tickets are now on sale for the 9th Annual Signature Event on Friday, October 28th, 2011 from 7-11 at Spring Mill Manor. This is a fun event which benefits a great local charity. For full event details and sponsorship information: click here.
October 3, 2011: Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP is proud to support the 11th Annual Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Bucks Fever FilmFest. This is a wonderful local celebration of emerging filmmakers, so if you are a film buff, please come to Doylestown to participate in an evening of stimulating discussion, networking and the screening of the winning films.
On Sunday, October 16th, 2011 there will be three exciting events in Doylestown which are open to the public:
Filmakers Seminar - 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Oscar Martin Room, Moose Lodge "Bringing History to Film" by Robert Child
FilmFest Networking - 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.
FilmFest Screening of Winning Films - 7:00 - 9:15 p.m.
The County Theater, 20 E. State Street, Doylestown, PA
For more infomation: 2011 CBCC Bucks Fever FilmFest
The Bucks Fever FilmFest is an annual, juried festival. Winning short films submitted by high school, college and emerging filmmakers are screened at the County Theater in Doylestown, Pa.
Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP is proud to join Davidson Trust Company and Judith A. Algeo, Esquire in sponsoring the Bucks County Bar Association's Women's Power Summit on Thursday, October 6th, 2011. The event is at the Cock N' Bull Restaurant in Peddler's Village, Lahaska from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.
The program features Keynote speaker Carol Tracy, Esquire and Panelists: Judge Rochelle Friedman, Judge Cynthia Rufe, Judge Susan Devlin Scott, Bucks County Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia, State Representative Marguerite Quinn and Team Capital Bank Regional President Patricia Markel.
This promises to be a lively and though-provoking discussion exploring the topic of "Women and Power". The program is open to all women, so please spread the word to your friends, colleagues and business network.
September 18, 2011: Sunday was a beautiful sunny day in Doylestown, and we want to thank all who stopped by to watch the bike race and enjoy a barbecue lunch with us. We were so pleased with the turn out for our event, and we think our location offered our guests a thrilling view of the bikers speeding by. It was great to get a chance to visit in a relaxed setting.
If you weren't able to join us, it was a fun day, so we hope you'll keep us in mind for next year!
On August 1, 2011, amid the flurry of negotiations, posturing and press conferences on the debt ceiling bill, Congress quietly and without much fanfare passed an amendment to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (“CPSIA”) that will dramatically affect the consumer product industry. The legislation passed with overwhelming support in the House and Senate and was signed into law by the President on August 12.
In the nearly three years since the passage of the CPSIA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) on several occasions deflected criticism of its regulations by asserting that only Congress had the authority to grant the relief requested by various stakeholders. It is fitting, therefore, that the stated purpose of the legislation is “to provide the Consumer Product Safety Commission with greater authority and discretion in enforcing the consumer product safety laws.”
The new law addresses several key topics relating to toys and other children’s products, including: (i) lead content limits for children’s products; (ii) third party testing requirements for children’s products; (iii) phthalates limits; and (iv) tracking labels. The legislation also addresses industry concerns regarding materially inaccurate information contained in reports on the CPSC’s consumer complaint database.
The 2011 Bucks Fever Film Fest 11th Annual Juried Competition for Short Films submission deadlines are fast approaching.
High school, college and emerging filmmakers from the greater Delaware Valley are invited to submit short films to the 2011 Bucks Fever FilmFest juried competition. Early Bird Deadline for High School Film Submissions is June 30, 2011! Submit your film by downloading the submission form at www.bucksfeverfilmfest.org. The Bucks Fever FilmFest is a program of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce.
To learn more: http://bucksfeverfilmfest.org/