Dick Patten

Recent Work

Inheriting a mess

Inaction on the death tax is bad news for family businesses.

March 27, 2008

The Senate's most recent action on the death tax took place in the Finance Committee earlier this month, in a hearing to consider "Alternatives to the Current Federal Estate Tax System." The hearing may as well have been titled "Redistribution by Another Name."

Death and taxes

The Federal Estate Tax rate is set to spike.

December 7, 2007

The battle over the Federal Estate Tax, also known as the Death Tax, just won’t go away. It’s like the energizer bunny – it keeps going and going.