Author Archives: Valerie W. Epstein
What Are the Risks if Auto Insurance is Suspended or Canceled During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Severe restrictions on travel, health fears and closed workplaces have sharply curtailed automobile traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic. Accidents have dropped so much that many auto insurance companies are providing refunds to policyholders. People who are stuck at home and facing financial distress might be tempted to cancel or suspend their coverage. However, if an […]
What Types of Personal Injury Claims Might Result from COVID-19 Exposure?
COVID-19 exposure has led to a litany of serious health issues and tens of thousands of deaths. Though everyone’s health is top priority, afflicted individuals and family members of those who have been lost might wonder what type of claims can be brought in relation to coronavirus infections. Though each case is unique and it […]
Understanding How COVID-19 May Have Affected the Value of Your Estate
The economic and personal upheaval triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak is likely to warrant a review of your estate plan, no matter how thorough you think it is. As Americans cope with health fears and financial volatility, it’s worthwhile to determine whether a will, trust, advance medical directive or other legal instrument needs to be […]
How Will Coronavirus Affect Contractual Relationships and Obligations?
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted practically every aspect of American life. Whether closed by government order or by concerns about public safety, millions of businesses around the country have seen their operations come to a halt. Despite the overwhelming effect of COVID-19, it is not a certainty that an “Act of God” clause in a […]
Can You Bring an Emotional Distress Claim Related to COVID-19?
The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is not only potentially deadly, but can be transmitted by individuals who are not showing any symptoms, so people might fear that they’ve contracted the illness even if they feel fine. While the virus has existed in the United States for months, obtaining a test is still difficult in […]
Drop in Car Crashes, Spike in Bicycle Accidents Linked to Coronavirus
Once Americans came to understand how deadly the coronavirus can be and how easily it is passed from person to person, transportation habits changed. Not only did people drastically curtail business and personal travel, but many stopped going to their workplaces. That has led to a reduction in car accidents at the same time that […]
Understanding the 2020 Gift & Estate Tax Exemption
Almost nobody has to worry about paying federal estate taxes upon their death, so long as they die soon and aren’t multimillionaires. The 2020 gift and estate tax exemption is so large it might as well be the rule — $11.58 million for an individual, $23.16 million for a married couple. Unless you are one […]
Charitable Contributions Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, President Donald Trump’s keystone tax reform law, was a dramatic reshaping of the tax landscape for nearly all Americans. One of the biggest changes was an increase in the standard deduction to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for couples. This increase, coupled with eliminations of some itemized […]
Using Your Estate Plan to Provide for Your Partner If You Are Not Married
When you die without a will, trust or other estate plan, your assets generally will be distributed to your closest family members as prescribed by law, including a surviving spouse. But what if you’re one of the many people who have lived in committed relationships but for various reasons have not tied the knot? For […]
Highlights of Estate Planning Goals and Objectives
When most people think about estate planning, the first issue that pops into their mind is taxation. After all, you don’t want to work your entire life and amass a small fortune, only to see the federal and state tax authorities come in and carve out half of that for themselves, rather than it going […]