Premier boutique law firm Kleinberg Kaplan has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition. Several firm attorneys were listed in the Best Lawyers in America and in the inaugural Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch categories. Best Lawyers in America 2021 Philip Gross (Tax Law) Jeffrey B. Kolodny (Trusts & Estates) James R.…
JEFFREY B. KOLODNY
Jeff Kolodny advises clients on complex international and domestic estate planning and administration, with a focus on wealth preservation through effective tax planning, structuring, and personal planning for high-net-worth individuals, multinational families and family-owned businesses.
Jeff handles a wide range of estate planning, tax, and other legal matters for international and domestic clients. He frequently advises clients with respect to their wealth transfer and tax planning, obligations as fiduciaries, and rights as beneficiaries of estates and trusts. He also represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in accounting proceedings, will contests, and other Surrogate’s Court proceedings.
Jeff frequently counsels managers of hedge funds and private equity funds in connection with their transfer tax planning and also advises family-owned businesses regarding the development and implementation of business succession plans.
For international clients, Jeff often creates plans and structures that achieve wealth transfer and other objectives while minimizing taxes when multiple legal and tax systems apply. He frequently represents foreign individuals acquiring or owning U.S. property, individuals and fiduciaries with assets in multiple jurisdictions, and U.S. nationals with assets abroad.
Jeff is a full member of the New York Chapter of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Jeff is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The Hudson Guild, a 501(c)(3) multi service community organization serving those who live, work or go to school in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, with a focus on those in need.
Jeff has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Trust and Estates by “Best Lawyers” since 2018.
New York University School of Law (L.L.M., 1998)
New York University School of Law (J.D., 1995)
SUNY Albany (B.S., 1989)
Best Lawyers – Trusts and Estates
Bloomberg Tax Management Estates, Gifts, and Trusts Journal, September 2020, Co-Authored with Joshua M. Kaplan
SmartPros, December 2018
Unpredictable Treatment – Should trusts be used in jurisdictions unfamiliar with the concept?
Trusts & Estates, November 2011
New York Law Journal, January 2010, Co-Authored with Rachel E. Small
Ties to U.S. and Canada
New York Law Journal, September 2007, Co-Authored with Michael Galligan and Rachel E. Small
New York Law Journal, February 2007, Co-Authored with Hao Wang and Michael W. Galligan
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Retirement benefits (such as pension, profit-sharing, 401(k) or IRA benefits) make up a substantial portion of many people’s assets. Congress recently passed, and the President signed on December 20, 2019, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Act (the SECURE Act) as part of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020. The SECURE Act made various…
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The Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations on Friday, June 14th, addressing various aspects of the controlled foreign corporation (“CFC”) rules, including with respect to global intangible low-taxed income (“GILTI”) and, significantly, who is a 10% or more shareholder for inclusion purposes regarding subpart F income and GILTI income. Among other things, the proposed regulations…