Mr. Luthmann made an unbearable experience bearable. He made himself readily available through telephone, e-mail, and numerous personal contacts. He demonstrated a tireless work ethic and exhibited a calm demeanor and professional attitude. His paperwork was detailed and accurate. He presented himself in the courtroom with accuracy and confidence. I highly recommend Mr. Luthmann to take control of your legal concerns. – AnnMarie

I hired Mr. Luthmann a few years back for some general legal advice. Since then I have relied upon Mr. Luthmann for his depth of knowledgeand legal expertise in a variety of different areas. He has performed time and time again. Whether it's protecting my family's financial future, dealing with corporate matters or fighting unscrupulous creditors and debt collectors, Mr. Luthmann is an attorney I can count on and trust. An example to his profession, I recommend him highly. – Christopher

During what should have been the happiest days of our lives following the birth of my son, my family was subject to the mental anguish of frivolous litigation. It was obvious to anyone who had taken a high school law course that the petition did not hold water; but in my particularly vulnerable state as a new mother, I felt so hurt and helpless. Richard explained the case to me in layman's terms without a hint of condescension and presented the facts candidly and concisely to the courts. When the opposition returned citing supporting cases, which further held no merit, he kept me calm and was able to see where those representative cases actually disproved their claims and further proved mine. I would recommend Richard in a heartbeat; while he is a brilliant estate attorney, he has been a fierce advocate for my family and I would suggest him without hesitation to anyone seeking a litigator. He is a cutthroat attorney who has a terrific bedside manner with even a scared new mother. His humor can make the most disturbing situations easier to process because you know that he is leaving no stone unturned to protect you. I cannot imagine finding a better balance when I needed to protect my loved ones, and could not recommend Richard Luthmann more highly. Having him as my attorney makes me feel safe. – Jessie

Whenever a legal problem arises, Mr. Luthmann is always the first call I make. Fortunately, there have only been four instances that demanded his assistance, but he always has an answer ready as to how I should handle the immediate circumstance, and what steps I should take moving forward. It never ceases to amaze me how little effort is required on my part upon involving Mr. Luthmann’s services. On three of the four instances, the problem just disappeared. I neither had to send in a letter, or even appear in the state. He had represented me in court and got the charges dropped and the fines expunged. On the fourth instance, a moving violation, he read all of the fine print and suggested that I pay the fine. His research was dead on: the points did not transfer back to my home state (i.e. driver’s license), and the fine negated the need to fly back for a court date. To the best of my knowledge, Mr. Luthmann’s record is impeccable. He goes out of his way to learn the necessary state’s laws’ loopholes and keep me, the client, from having to do any legwork. His findings are then described to me in layman’s English, and the best course of action is always that which he recommends. It’s almost too easy. If dealing with Mr. Luthmann were any easier, I might be tempted to push the law’s boundaries just to see what happens. – Stu

Rich's work was prompt, thorough and very high quality. I would recommend him for anybody looking for help in his areas of expertise. – Financial Services Client

Richard has assisted me in many matters over the years. He has always demonstratedthe utmost professionalism, and his knowledge of the law is unparalleled. He takes the time to explain things to you in a manner you can understand, and displays a level of confidence that puts you at ease knowing you have the best man for the job. I strongly recommend Rich Luthmann to anyone seeking services in estate planning or litigation. – O.J

Richard seems to know everything. Very helpful and had the answers with solution right away. – Timothy

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Foreign Account Disclosure – New Form 8938 due April 15 Pursant to the HIRE Act (signed into law on March 18, 2010), US taxpayers with assets abroad have heightened reporting obligations. For many of the 7 million US persons overseas and hundreds of thousands in the United States this new reporting immediately represents a significant increase in annual US tax data collection and reporting and will be highly complex to understand. Here is the form: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-dft/f8938–dft.pdf Here are some highlights from the new instructions: • For unmarried taxpayers living in the United States, the new form must be completed if one had...Read More

Asset Protection Techniques  Many techniques that allow for tax-efficient transfers of appreciation on assets are still viable under the new law and may even be enhanced: • Sales to irrevocable grantor trusts. You may want to consider a technique that is an asset sale to irrevocable grantor trusts. The grantor is liable for trust income tax, the payment of which is akin to a “tax-free” gift. These trusts can be funded to higher levels given the increased gift and GST exemptions applicable in 2011 and 2012. • Grantor retained annuity trusts. GRATs are still an excellent wealth transfer tool despite a recent...Read More

Are you A US Taxpayer With Assets Abroad? For natural persons, a “US Taxpayer” is generally a person who is either a US citizen or permanent resident or who is physically present in the United States for 183 days or more in a taxable year. Beginning with the Swiss bank leaks of 2007 and 2008, we have seen the beginning of the end of international bank secrecy. Now, US Taxpayers with unreported assets in foreign countries now subject to reporting are at risk of potential IRS criminal prosecution. In light of recent developments, specific countries (notably India) can be labeled as “high risk.” Last year’s HIRE Act...Read More

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