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Posted On 1/7/2013In case you haven’t heard, the New Year brought a new law recently signed by the President. To avoid the country from falling off the “fiscal cliff,” the “American Taxpayer Relief Act” was approved on New Year’s Day.
Posted On 12/20/2012There are only a few days left before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st and the tax law changes. Or will it?
Law Firm closing offices today due to storm "Sandy". Estate Planning seminars for Tuesday, October 30th have been cancelled.
Posted On 10/29/2012
Hurricane "Sandy" has packed a punch to the Washington, D.C. - Baltimore corridor. Heavy rains and winds in excess of 60 miles an hour on the way. Our offices in Annapolis, Millersville, Bowie and Waldorf will be closed today, Monday, October 29th. We ask everyone to stay off the roads and safe throughout the storm. Don't forget to lend that helping hand when you can - there are many that will need it!
Posted On 8/13/2012
As a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, I am introduced to many opportunities to connect my clients and the public with resources that may be helpful to them. Recently I was made aware of The Eldercare Channel. The Eldercare Channel is “America’s Guide to Local Senior Care”. It is an internet resource created for making senior care as transparent and easy-to-understand as possible for those trying to make the best possible senior care decisions.
Attorney Colleen Sinclair Prosser presents Estate Planning seminar to Holy Family Catholic Church of Davidsonville, MD
Posted On 10/27/2011
Attorney Colleen Sinclair Prosser presents estate planning seminar to Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union
Posted On 10/25/2011
On Thursday, October 19th Attorney Colleen Sinclair Prosser presented a morning estate planning seminar to the staff of Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union, as well as a lunch-time seminar to the employees of Northrop Grumman at the BWI location in Linthicum, MD.
Posted On 10/25/2011
Attorney Colleen Sinclair Prosser sponsored and participated in the Rafael's Race 5K/1K run-walk to raise funds for the school. Rafael Martins was a 4th grade student at Greenbelt Elementary School during the 2009-2010 school year. Unfortunately, Rafael passed away in October of 2009. His last day of school was a field trip to Bladensburg Waterfront Park, where he and his classmates took part in learning about nature, animal habitats and Rafael saw an American Bald Eagle soaring overhead. We are planning to use the proceeds from this event to help supplement future Field Trips for students from our school.
Attorney Colleen Sinclair Prosser joins other area business professionals to deliver important estate planning information.
Posted On 10/20/2011
Posted On 10/14/2011
Attorney Patricia K. Jaron presents seminar on special needs planning to the ARC of Prince George's County.
Posted On 9/6/2011
On Tuesday, August 30th attorney Patricia K. Jaron presented a seminar at the ARC of Prince George’s County on the importance of planning for all of life’s contingencies by having a comprehensive estate plan in place to take action when needed. She focused on how a Special Needs Trust and Letter of Intent could provide care, comfort and independence for those with developmental disabilities in years to come. A special thanks to Mary Funk, Deputy Executive Director of the ARC of Prince George’s County for coordinating the event.
Posted On 9/6/2011
On Wednesday, August 31st owner and managing attorney Colleen Sinclair Prosser treated the staff of SinclairProsser Law, LLC to a day of fun and relaxation at "Go Ape USA", a ziplining/obstacle course in Rock Creek Park.
Attorney Patricia K. Jaron of SinclairProsser Law, LLC presents 2 Credit Continuing Education Seminar to Life/Health Insurance agents, CFPs and CPAs
Posted On 8/17/2011
Posted On 7/28/2011
Effective October 1, 2011, MOLST forms must be completed for all individuals admitted to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospices, home health agencies, and dialysis centers and for certain individuals admitted to hospitals. It may also be completed for anyone who wants limitations on CPR or life-sustaining treatments in any setting.
Posted On 7/19/2011
Attorney Colleen Sinclair Prosser participates in the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County’s planned giving seminar for non-profit organizations.
Posted On 7/15/2011
Attorney Colleen Sinclair Prosser, Bob Harrison of Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation and Liz Freelander of Horn Point Laboratory participated in the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County’s estate planning seminar on planned giving for Non-Profit Organizations at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on July 12th, 2011
Posted On 6/10/2011
Posted On 5/23/2011
Attorneys Colleen Sinclair Prosser, Nicole Livingston and Patricia Jaron along with Kathleen O’Dea, Trust Administration Paralegal and Kelly Lehner, Final Signing Paralegal spent four educational packed days at the Spring Summit in New Orleans sponsored by the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA).
Posted On 5/5/2011
Attorney Colleen Sinclair Prosser of SinclairProsser Law, LLC will join three other business owners in Anne Arundel County to present the FOUR PILLARS FOR FINANCIAL SUCCESS.
Posted On 12/28/2010
On December 17th, Congress revised the estate tax with a new law, TRA 2010, that sets the exclusion amount at $5 million per person for 2010 – 2012. However, this temporary adjustment to the estate tax exclusion disappears in 2013, and returns with an exclusion of $1 million per person. Read more about how the estate tax revision under TRA 2010 will affect your estate plan, regardless of whether you have a taxable estate.
Posted On 12/7/2010
Effective October 1, 2010 Maryland passed the “Maryland General and Limited Power of Attorney Act.” Power of attorney documents have become more complex and now create enforceable, legal obligations for both the principal and the agent. Commonly referred to as “Loretta’s Law,” the measure was partially the result of one family member abusing the power entrusted to her by her elderly aunt. Powers of attorney should only be granted to persons whom you trust and who are able and willing to carry out your wishes.
Posted On 9/22/2010
It is with saddened hearts we convey the passing of our founding attorney, Richard Ronald Sinclair (October 31, 1936 – February 26, 2010). A lifetime native of Maryland, his life exemplified his strong belief in helping others. His example will live on in the many lives he touched through the years.
Posted On 6/24/2010
Attorneys Patricia Jaron, Colleen Sinclair Prosser and Nicole Livingston are focused on the cover of the June/July issue of the Anne Arundel Women's Journal.
Posted On 1/7/2010
The mere word “change” causes many of us to become immobilized. As we anticipate (tick, tick, tick) the final word on how the federal estate tax laws will be changing, it is easy to get distracted and overwhelmed with the waiting. Let’s take a look at the current estate planning circumstances and consider what the proposed changes could have on you.
Posted On 6/29/2009
The sudden death of Michael Jackson serves as a reminder to everyone that, no matter your age, you need to have your estate planning in order. The pop superstar died on Thursday, June 25th at 50 years old. The media is speculating as to how his estate will be handled and the future of his young children. No public statement has been made in regard to his personal planning and the media and the nation will wait anxiously to see how this unfolds. If Michael Jackson prepared a Trust the public will most likely never know the details as it will be held private, however, if he had a Will it becomes part of public record. In the state of California, a Will needs to be presented within 30 days. Jackson's assets, royalties and the amount of debt he had accumulated most likely will lead to lengthy battles over his estate.
Posted On 5/29/2009
Carolyn Bigdas article "Rethink Your Legacy" in the June issue of Money Magazine explores the five questions you should be asking regarding your estate. The article recommends the American Academys website, www.aaepa.com, as a source to find a qualified estate planning attorney. The Associate Director of Education at the Academy, Steve Hartnett, was also interviewed in the article and lent his expertise to one of the five questions. This is the fifth mention of finding a quality attorney on the American Academys members list by Money Magazine in the last 21 issues.
Posted On 5/14/2009
Estate Planning Attorneys Colleen Sinclair Prosser and Patricia Jaron recently completed 6.5 continuing education hours on "The Unmarried Couple: Rights and Responsibilities without the Marriage Certificate." The law regarding unmarried couples is dynamic. Unmarried Couples need planning for death and dissolution and the raising of children in ways that married couples do not.
Posted On 1/29/2009
The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys was recommended in the January 2009 Consumer Reports Money Adviser newsletter. The article “How to Avoid Inheritance Feuds” focuses on techniques for avoiding conflict after a loved one passes away.
Posted On 12/26/2008
In the January 2009 issue of Money Magazine, Walecia Konrads article entitled "Keep It In The Family" focuses on making sure the wealth youve worked so hard to accumulate will go to the people you love.
Posted On 10/24/2008
Maryland Estate Planning Attorney Colleen Sinclair Prosser attended an educational conference in San Diego, CA on October 16th thru October 20th sponsored by the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. The Academy is the premier national educational organization that promotes excellence in estate planning by providing member attorneys with research and vital updates in estate, tax and business planning law for over 15 years. The advanced training included Planning for Parents, Siblings and Others, Trust Administration, Family Limited Partnerships and an Overview of Fiduciary Income Taxation. Additional training focused on the benefits of using Legacy Wealth Planning techniques.
Posted On 5/22/2008
By Nicole Cameron “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” This Pablo Picasso quote posted on the website of estate planning firm SinclairProsser Law, LLC, encompasses the goal of estate planning: to prepare yourself and your loved ones now for the future. Estate planning, which includes the creation of a will, a living trust, and other protective documents, allows you to decide how your wealth, health and business matters will be handled when you pass away or are unable to make decisions.
Posted On 5/22/2008
Estate Planning Attorney, Colleen Sinclair Prosser along with Associate Attorneys, Nicole Livingston, Christa Howell and Patricia Jaron, attended an educational conference in Denver, CO in May sponsored by the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. The Academy is the premier national educational organization that promotes excellence in estate planning by providing member attorneys with research and vital updates in estate, tax and business planning law for 15 years. The Academy provided estate planning educational training on: Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits, Ethical Planning, Representing Trustees, Addressing Problem Assets and Trust Administration. Additional training focused on the innovative planning techniques for Legacy Wealth Planning.
Posted On 3/18/2008
Robert Armstrong, President of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, was interviewed by Money Magazine senior writer Penelope Wang for her article "A Midlife Money Checkup" in the March 2008 Issue.
Posted On 12/20/2007
The John Tesh Radio Show recommended the American Academy as a resource for finding an estate planning attorney. The segment focusing on money and finance originally aired in September 2007 and was repeated in December 2007.
Posted On 12/13/2007
Maryland Estate Planning Attorneys, Colleen Sinclair Prosser and Christa Howell attended an educational conference in San Diego, CA in October sponsored by the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.
Posted On 10/25/2007
The September issue of Money Magazine has an article entitled,"20 Timeless Money Rules." Rule 17, Exiting Gracefully, is particularly significant because it emphasizes the importance of putting together your estate plan. The recommendation of Money Magazine is that you search for a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys: "To find a lawyer, ask friends and colleagues for recommendations or get referrals online at the website of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (aaepa.com)."
Posted On 10/20/2007
Attorneys Colleen Sinclair Prosser and Christa Howell will attend the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Fall Summit in San Diego, CA on October 18th through the 21st. Topics slated for the event: Trust provisions for divorce protection, disability, children and grandchildren protection, and asset/creditor protection; Family Wealth Asset Trust (FET), Family Wealth Sentry Trust (FST); Family Preservation Trust (FRPT); Estate Planning for IRAs and Pension Plans; and alternatives to planning for minor children and grandchildren.
Posted On 9/27/2007
Attorneys, R. Ronald Sinclair, Colleen Sinclair Prosser, Nicole Livingston and Christa Howell will be attending a workshop on October 27th presented by Ed Slott, declared "America's IRA Expert" by Mutual Funds Magazine and "The Best" source for IRA advice by The Wall Street Journal. The workshop Planning for Successful IRA Distribution is sponsored by Mike Steranka of Retirement Planning Strategies in Crofton, MD and presents important strategies to keep retirement assets in the family for generations, avoid the 50% tax on failed distributions after age 70 and much more.
Posted On 9/27/2007
SinclairProsser Law, LLC will be one of the sponsors for "Launching the Vision" of Philanthropy in Anne Arundel County on Friday, August 24th. Come Celebrate with the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (formerly Community Foundation of the Chesapeake) aboard the good ship Catherine Marie. Enjoy live jazz, delicious dinner, plentiful drinks and a chance to win our "Philanthropist for a Night" raffle.
Attorney Colleen Sinclair Prosser Comprehensively Defines the Concerns and Fundamentals of Planning for IRA Distribution Estate Planning
Posted On 9/18/2007
Attorney Colleen Sinclair Prosser comprehensively defines the concerns and fundamentals of planning for IRA Distribution Estate Planning in our upcoming Continuing Education Class on "IRA Distribution Estate Planning" on June 13, 2007. Income tax deferral is what makes IRA and Qualified Retirement Plan (QRP) accounts special. When it comes to passing them to heirs, the Beneficiary Designation is everything. But account owner mistakes and the rules made by plan Custodians can cost heirs a fortune after the owner dies.
Posted On 4/24/2007
Prior to joining SinclairProsser Law, LLC, Patricia worked for a general practitioner and clerked for various attorneys in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard Counties. She joined SinclairProsser Law two years ago and worked closely with the Trust Department to produce Revocable Living Trusts and other estate related documents. She now oversees the Estate Administration (probate, trust administration and other issues that occur when someone passes away) department of the firm. Ms. Jaron continues to be a valuable asset to our firm and our clients.
Posted On 4/3/2007
Attorneys Colleen Sinclair Prosser, Nicole Livingston and Christa Howell will be attending the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Spring Summit in St. Louis the end of April. Special Needs Planning, Trust Administration and Asset Protection are a few of the topics that will be discussed at the Summit. AAEPA requires its members complete 32 hours of continuing education annually.
Posted On 3/13/2007
Colleen Sinclair Prosser recently presented Planning for Special Needs to the Childrens Development Clinic at Prince Georges Community College. She was also invited by MetLife Financial Services to present the seminar at the Charles County Board of Education where parents of children with special needs were encouraged to attend.
Posted On 2/21/2007
Maryland Estate Planning Attorneys Colleen Sinclair Prosser and Nicole Livingston, recently completed in-depth training on planning with IRAs at an educational conference in Las Vegas. The instructor is the nationally known IRA expert, Ed Slott. Mr. Slott is the author of the widely acclaimed book, The Retirement Savings Bomband How to Defuse It. He has lectured extensively for years to financial professionals across the country on the complex IRA rules and how to properly plan to preserve and then transfer IRAs to family members.
Posted On 10/20/2005
The SinclairProsser Law Firm recently attended the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorney’s national estate planning conference in San Diego, California. The attorneys participated in valuable educational sessions and received the latest updates on IRA Planning, Planned Giving and Medicaid Planning.