Howell Bramson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Tax Attorney in White Plains, NY

McCarthy Fingar LLP
 | 11 Martine Avenue, 12th Floor
White Plains, NY 10606
Phone: 914-385-1017
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Tax: Business (40%),
  • Business/Corporate (30%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (30%)
Attorney Profile

Howell Bramson is a partner in McCarthy Fingar, LLP, located in White Plains, New York. As the chair of the firm's Corporate & General Business and Taxation groups, he provides advice and counsel to individual and business clients in matters involving sophisticated income and estate tax planning, business formation, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate ventures, charitable gift planning and international transactions. Some of Mr. Bramson's representative matters have included creating a structure for an infusion of capital by a group of foreign investors in a Broadway theatrical production and advising a client on a multimillion-dollar investment in a Brazilian fund.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Arts with honors, Mr. Bramson obtained both a Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws in taxation from New York University School of Law. Admitted to practice in New York, Florida and Connecticut, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court. As a measure of the regard in which Mr. Bramson is held by his peers, Martindale-Hubbell has awarded him its AV-Preeminent* rating.

A member of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association, Mr. Bramson has served as chair of the Tax Law Section of the Westchester County Bar Association and as president of the Estate Planning Council of Westchester County. Drawing on his background and experience, he has authored numerous articles on income and estate tax matters for professional journals and continuing legal education programs and is frequently called upon by a variety of organizations to speak on issues related to his fields of practice.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Tax (40%): Tax Law

Business/Corporate (30%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts

Estate Planning & Probate (30%): Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Focus Areas

Tax: Tax Law

Business/Corporate: Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts

Estate Planning & Probate: Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2017

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About Howell Bramson

Admitted: 1978, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.mccarthyfingar.com/attorneys/howell-bramson.aspx

Honors and Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell has awarded him its AV-Preeminent* rating

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Past Chair, Westchester County Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Member, Benjamin Cardozo Society, Executive Committee, 2000 - 2005
  • Vice President, Estate Planning Council of Westchester County, 1999
  • President, Estate Planning Council of Westchester County, 2000
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Tax Section
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Florida, 1988
  • Connecticut, 1976
  • New York, 1978

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Taxation of Technology Companies, Lorman Education, May 15, 2001
  • Compensation Issues, Including Qualified And Non-Qualified Stock Options And Deferred Compensation, UJA-Federation of NY's Westchester Division, May 24, 2001
  • New Qualified Plan Minimum Distribution Rules, Westchester County Bar Association (Trusts & Estates and Tax Sections), September 24, 2001
  • Retirement Planning & Estate Planning for Physicians, Merrill Lynch and McCarthy Fingar et al., May 15, 2002
  • "Utilizing Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation in Estate, Gift & Income Tax Planning", UJA-Federation of NY, May 23, 2002
  • "Recent Developments involving Family Limited Partnerships & Other Gifting Techniques", Westchester County Bar Association, September 25, 2002
  • "Forming and Operating the Partnership and LLP" as part of a program entitled "Practical Skills-Forming and Advising Businesses", New York State Bar Association, November 12, 2002
  • IRS Attacks on Family Limited Partnerships and Current Strategies, Westchester County Bar Association (Co-Sponsored by the Tax and Trusts and Estates Section), April 26, 2004
  • "IRS Attacks on Family Limited Partnerships and Current Strategies", UJA Federation of NY's 14th Annual Westchester Estate, Tax and Financial Planning Conference, May 19, 2004
  • "Forming and Advising Businesses", New York State Bar Association, November 15, 2004
  • "Current Strategies Using Family Limited Partnerships", UJA Federation of NY's 15th Annual Westchester Estate, Tax and Financial Planning Conference, May 26, 2005
  • "Tax Issues Related to Divorce", The Bank of New York, White Plains, New York, May 09, 2006
  • FLPs and LLCs – Current Status, UJA Federation of NY's 16th Annual Westchester Estate, Tax and Financial Planning Conference, May 26, 2006
  • New Deferred Compensation Rules, UJA Federation of NY's 17th Annual Westchester Estate, Tax and Financial Planning Conference, White Plains, NY, May 31, 2007
  • "Cutting Edge Estate Planning Strategies- Utilizing FLPs, GRATs & Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts to Leverage Gifts", Credit Suisse, Rye Brook, New York, September 26, 2007
  • "Selected Aspects of Family Wealth Transfer", as part of an all-day program entitled "Practical Skills: Introduction to Estate Planning", Mount Kisco, New York, Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, October 23, 2007
  • Estate Planning Techniques Best Suited for the Current Economic Environment, UJA Federation of NY's 19th Annual Westchester Estate, Tax and Financial Planning Conference, White Plains, NY, May 21, 2009
  • Update on Family Partnerships, UJA Federation of NY's 20th Annual Westchester Estate, Tax and Financial Planning Conference, Tarrytown, NY, May 27, 2010
  • Estate and Tax Issues, White Plains, New York, Westchester Private Public Partnership for Aging Services, October 14, 2010
  • Taxes And Valuation Issues; Special Valuation Rules Under Chapter 14, UJA Federation of NY's 21st Annual Westchester Estate, Tax and Financial Planning Conference, Tarrytown, New York, May 19, 2011
  • US Income Tax & Estate Planning for Non-Citizens, UJA Federation of NY, Tarrytown, NY, May 23, 2013
  • Overview of Estate Valuation Discount Vehicles, such as FLPs, CRTs, etc., Elder Law Section of New York State Bar Association, November 10, 2013
  • Are Takeover Costs Deductible After National Starch?, The Journal of Taxation, December 06, 1989
  • Taxes and Takeovers, Legal Notes, Spring, 1990, April 01, 1990
  • Tax Consequences of Cancellation of Nonrecourse Debt Remain Unsettled, The Journal of Taxation, August, 1990, August 01, 1990
  • Trusts as beneficiaries of IRAs (individual retirement accounts), The CPA Journal, April, 1991, April 01, 1991
  • Cancellation of Non-Recourse Debt: Tax Consequences, Legal Notes, Spring, 1991, April 06, 1991
  • Estate Planning Strategies in Light of the Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1990, Legal Notes, Spring, 1992, April 01, 1992
  • Proposed Regulations Provide Operating Rules for Bankruptcy, Legal Notes, Spring, 1992, April 20, 1992
  • New Legislation Affects Spouse's Right of Election in New York State, Legal Notes, Fall 1992, October 01, 1992
  • Distributions from Individual Retirement Accounts, Legal Notes, Summer, 1993, July 01, 1993
  • Clinton's Tax Act, Legal Notes, Fall 1993, October 01, 1993
  • New York Enacts Limited Liability Company Law, Legal Notes, Winter, 1994, January 01, 1994
  • The Rebirth of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Legal Notes, Spring, 1994, March 01, 1994
  • New Compliance Rules Concerning Charitable Contributions, Legal Notes, Spring, 1994, March 03, 1994
  • Waiver of Notification Rights, Legal Notes, Winter 1996, January 01, 1996
  • Tax Law Changes Affecting Estate Planning, Legal Notes, Spring 1998, April 08, 1998
  • IRS Attacks on Family Limited Partnerships and Current Strategies, Westchester County Bar Association, April 26, 2004
  • IRS Attacks on Family Limited Partnerships and Current Strategies, UJA Federation of NY, May 19, 2004
  • Current Strategies Using Family Limited Partnerships, UJA Federation of NY, May 26, 2005
  • Tax Issues Related to Divorce, (The Bank of New York), May 09, 2006
  • Current Status of Estate Planning Using Family Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies, UJA Federation of NY, May 26, 2006
  • New Deferred Compensation Rules, UJA Federation of NY, May 31, 2007
  • Cutting Edge Estate Planning Strategies- Utilizing FLPs, GRATs & Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts to Leverage Gifts, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, September 26, 2007
  • Estate Planning Techniques Best Suited for the Current Economic Environment, UJA Federation of NY, May 21, 2009
  • Update on Family Partnerships, UJA Federation of NY, May 27, 2010
  • Current Developments In Family Partnerships & Limited Liability Companies, UJA Federation of NY, May 27, 2010
  • Taxes & Valuation Issues; Special Valuation Rules under Chapter 14, UJA Federation of NY, May 19, 2011
  • International Tax Systems & Planning Techniques (United States Chapter), Edited by Roy Saunders (International Fiscal Services), January 01, 2012
  • Estate Planning for Non-Citizens, UJA Federation of NY, May 23, 2013

Representative Clients:

  • Lefkowitz v. The Bank of New York as Preliminary Executor of Estate of Irene B. Marsh et al., 996 F.2d 600 (2d Cir. 1993)

Educational Background:

  • New York University, L.L.M., Taxation, 1980
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., with honors, 1972

Industry Groups

  • Industrial
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Retail
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    12th Floor
    White Plains, NY 10606

    Phone: 914-385-1017

     

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