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New from the Altman blog: "Clinton vs. Trump: Comparing Their Estate Tax Policies"

http://altmanassociates.net/2016/09/clinton-vs-trump-estate-tax-policies-as-of-92716/

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This Labor Day weekend is especially meaningful for us as here Altman & Associates as we are also celebrating a very exciting milestone!!! It is with great pride that I announce that yesterday marked our firm's 20th year in business!

We are so grateful to our clients, friends, family and, of course, the incredible Altman team for bringing us this far. It is with your continued trust and support that we look forward to the next 20 years! More exciting news to come!

Have a safe and happy weekend!

Cheers!

Gary
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Check out our latest blog: "Exercise Caution When Borrowing Against a Whole Life Insurance Policy"! #estateplanning   #lifeinsurance #policy   #loans   http://bit.ly/28XVQTI

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The Altman team always has the best candy bowl at FPA National Capital Area events! 😉 #estateplanning #springsymposium
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A recent Wall Street Journal article reminds us that the U.S. Federal estate tax turns 100 years old this year.  In 1916, Congress was proactively looking for ways to boost revenue in the event that the United States would need to become involved  with World War I.  Hence, the death tax was born.  At the time, fewer than 1% of Americans who died were impacted by the levy and, the following year, the tax amounted  to less than 1% of federal revenue.

Today, due to high and rising Federal and State exemptions, most Americans (roughly 98%) will not be subject to estate taxes.  (In 2015, estate tax revenues made up 0.6 percent of total federal receipts.)  Of course, this could change very drastically depending on who is elected in November.

The important thing to remember is that today’s estate planning transcends taxes.  It should account for a myriad of important and very personal decisions that will impact you while you’re alive and your heirs after you’re gone.
Who will make medical and financial decisions for you in the event that you become mentally or physically incapacitated? 
To whom do you want which of your assets distributed to…and how and when do you want them distributed? 
Who will take care of and make decisions regarding your children if you’re unable or die unexpectedly?
How will your special needs child be provided for? 
How can you protect your loved ones from the stress of probate? 
The time to make these decisions is now, before it’s too late and someone else (like the government and a courtroom) makes them for you.

The original post can be found here on our blog, Altman Speaks.  
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We are almost ⅓ of the way to our goal! Thank you to all who have supported us. Any and all support is welcome! - Gary
Dear Friends,
 
I am taking time out from my normal day as an estate planning attorney to ask for your help in supporting a very worthwhile cause. 
 
Cancer has impacted the lives of every one of us here at the firm in some way, as it has many of you, I'm sure.  At the end of this month, members of the Altman & Associates team will be participating in the American Odyssey Relay Race - a 200 mile road race from Gettysburg, PA to Washington, D.C.  The goal of our participation is to raise awareness and money for Hope Connections for Cancer Support, a local non-profit organization helping cancer patients and their loved ones navigate the emotional and physical impact of cancer through professionally facilitated programs of emotional support, education, wellness and hope…absolutely free of charge.  I am honored to be a member of the Board of this organization.
 
Please do not feel obligated to do so, but if you would like to help the "Altman Warriors" in our efforts to support this great organization, please visit Our Team Page and click on “Sponsor Us” to donate.  Any and all support and donations are greatly appreciated. 
 
Thank you for your consideration.

Gary Altman

#AmericanOdysseyRelayRace #HopeConnectionsforCancerSupport #AltmanAssociates #Running   #Race  
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Dear Friends,
 
I am taking time out from my normal day as an estate planning attorney to ask for your help in supporting a very worthwhile cause. 
 
Cancer has impacted the lives of every one of us here at the firm in some way, as it has many of you, I'm sure.  At the end of this month, members of the Altman & Associates team will be participating in the American Odyssey Relay Race - a 200 mile road race from Gettysburg, PA to Washington, D.C.  The goal of our participation is to raise awareness and money for Hope Connections for Cancer Support, a local non-profit organization helping cancer patients and their loved ones navigate the emotional and physical impact of cancer through professionally facilitated programs of emotional support, education, wellness and hope…absolutely free of charge.  I am honored to be a member of the Board of this organization.
 
Please do not feel obligated to do so, but if you would like to help the "Altman Warriors" in our efforts to support this great organization, please visit Our Team Page and click on “Sponsor Us” to donate.  Any and all support and donations are greatly appreciated. 
 
Thank you for your consideration.

Gary Altman

#AmericanOdysseyRelayRace #HopeConnectionsforCancerSupport #AltmanAssociates #Running   #Race  
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Friends,

Please consider voting for me as "Best Attorney" in the Washington City Paper's "Best of DC 2016" Readers poll. The "Best Attorney" nomination is under the "Goods and Services" category.

Today is the LAST day to vote! Thank you!

Gary

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/bestofpoll/
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