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Last week Congress passed the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014,” which President Obama signed into law on Friday December 19, 2014.  Referred to as the “extenders package,” it extends certain tax provisions that had expired on December 31, 2013.  The extension of almost all provisions is through December 31, 2014, which is of course a very welcome development for those who will see benefits relating to their 2014 activity.  However, for those who have been waiting to take action until the passage of extender legislation, it leaves very little time to get things done. 

The more universally applicable provisions which have been extended are summarized below.

Staff at Antheil Maslow & MacMinn are skipping inter-office gift giving this holiday season and are choosing to donate instead to Buck Up Bucks County.  We challenge all area firms to do the same.  Its a great way to save time shopping for gifts that no one needs, and divert the money to those who are very much in need!

All funds raised by Buck Up Bucks County will go directly toward renovating the existing bathrooms at the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter and purchasing a bus for Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need, an organization which provides transportation and shelter to that population in lower Bucks County. Antheil Maslow & MacMinn is a canister location for those who wish to donate to this important cause. 

Alan Wandalowski, a Partner of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP, a Doylestown law firm has begun his term as President of the Bucks County Estate Planning Council.  The first meeting of the 2014 - 2015 program year was held in September.  Officers of the BCEPC make a five year commitment to the council, serving terms as Secretary, Treasurer, 1st and 2nd  Vice President, and then as President of the organization.  The Bucks County Estate Planning Council’s mission is to advance the knowledge of local estate planning professionals and to develop collegiality among estate planning professionals.

Alan’s practice concentrates in Estate Planning, Business Succession Planning, Taxation, Asset Protection and Wealth Transfer Planning, planning for Retirement and Life Insurance benefits, Probate and Trust Administration, Estate and Trust Litigation, and Elder Law.
Alan works closely with high net worth individuals, business owners, and their families, helping them implement their estate plans. Beyond preparing core planning documents such as Wills, Revocable Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Living Wills, Alan has extensive experience in developing more advanced planning techniques, including Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Generation Skipping Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Intentionally Defective Grantor Trusts, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, Qualified Domestic Trusts, Charitable Remainder/Lead Trusts, and Private Foundations.

Mike Mills, a Partner of the firm, will be a featured speaker at the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce's Economic Forum on Thursday, November 20th at 8:00 a.m. at the Waterwheel Restaurant, 4424 Old Easton Road, Doylestown. Mike will discuss selected current tax developments of importance to the business community.

Mike's practice focuses on helping businesses build and preserve value, and helping individuals preserve and protect their family wealth. Elizabeth Welsh, Executive Director of the Bucks County Workforce Investment Board, will also speak at this event.

Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP is proud to support the 14th 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 12th, 2014 there will be three exciting events in Doylestown which are open to the public:

Sunday, October 12, 2014 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: "How to Succeed in Television and Movies: Making your day job your dream job."  Location: The Standard Club, 127 E. State Street, Doylestown, PA
Sunday, October 12, 2014 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. VIP Wine & Cheese Reception Location: County Theater, 20 E. State Street, Doylestown, PA
Sunday, October 12, 2014 7:00 p.m. FilmFest Night! Screening of winning short films and announcement of screenwriting competition winners! Location: County Theater, 20 E. State Street, Doylestown, PA


 

For an overview of this event and a look at some clips from winning features of the past few years, click here

Joanne Murray, a partner of the firm, has been elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.  “Joanne represents the best tradition of the Bar; she is deeply committed to serving her clients, and her level of service to professional and charitable organizations in the community is truly impressive.  She is certainly deserving of this honor, and we are very pleased to celebrate the recognition of her accomplishments,” said Bill MacMinn, Managing Partner of Antheil Maslow and MacMinn.  Murray was recognized by her peers for this prestigious honor because of her dedication to the law and significant contribution to the profession. She is actively involved in the Bucks County community, as the President-Elect of the Bucks County Bar Association, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Bucks County Children’s Museum, Secretary of the Bucks County Symphony Foundation and as a Trustee of the Bucks County Bar Foundation. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers demonstrate outstanding dedication to their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.

Joanne concentrates her practice in the areas of business law, business transactions, contracts, banking and finance.  She is an honors graduate of St. Joseph's University and Temple University School of Law.  In addition to being a member of the Bucks County Bar Association, Murray belongs to the American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations.

Our Annual Client Appreciation BBQ last Sunday was a great time for all!  We couldn't have asked for better weather, and we thank all who took the time to join us for lunch.  It's always nice to have a chance to show our appreciation to our clients and friends and to catch up and visit in a relaxed, social setting.  We hope to see you all next year!

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Susan Maslow has been named Attorney of the Year in the 2014 Power Players Awards sponsored by Philadelphia SmartCEO Magazine. The Power Players Awards honor professionals who embody leadership, accomplishment, innovation and success in their fields. This year’s finalists are profiled in the September/October issue of SmartCEO magazine and the winners were named at an awards ceremony in Philadelphia on September 11th. Awards were presented to accountants, attorneys and bankers that have made an outstanding impact on their clients’ businesses.

Partner Thomas Donnelly joined his longtime client Robert Spurrier and the employees of Harwood Design, Inc. in welcoming Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick (8th) on June 22, 2014 to the Company's medical device manufacturing facility in Bristol, Pennsylvania.  Congressman Fitzpatrick sought feedback from both management and employees concerning the many challenges facing  middle class America such as job creation and retention, tax policy and  work force training in the new age of manufacturing. 

You are invited to join us:  

Sunday, September 14th, 2014: 12:30 – 3:00

at our Doylestown Office, 131 West State Street.

We hope you’ll join us for some great food and refreshments and enjoy a fun afternoon in the heart of Doylestown!  This event includes a BBQ lunch and a front row seat to the Doylestown Arts Festival and Bike Race. All of our clients and friends are welcome