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M&K, Joe McDonald and Amy Kanyuk All Receive “Band 1” Ranking from Chambers


September 22, 2017

Chambers and Partners has published its 2017 directory for the private wealth market. As in 2016 (the first year in which the directory was published), the 2017 independent survey ranks McDonald & Kanyuk, PLLC as one of only three "Band 1" law firms in NH, and also ranks Joe McDonald and Amy Kanyuk as two of only six "Band 1" private wealth lawyers in the state.

Joe selected as best lawyer (2018)


August 15, 2017

Joe McDonald has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018, in the area of Trusts and Estates.

Amy Selected as Best Lawyer (2018)


August 15, 2017

Amy Kanyuk has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018, in the areas of Tax Law and Trusts and Estates. She also was recognized as the 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" in Tax for Concord, New Hampshire.

Newsletter re Tax Retorm after Election


November 30, 2016

M&K has published a newsletter on prospects for tax reform after the 2016 election. Click on the Publications link to access the article.

Joe and Amy are Superlawyers


October 28, 2016

Joe McDonald and Amy Kanyuk have been selected to the 2016 New England Super Lawyers list, in the areas of estate planning and probate. Super Lawyers uses a rigorous selection process to recognize attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice.

M&K Has Moved


October 21, 2016

***WE HAVE MOVED!*** We relocated our office on October 21, 2016. We moved back to our former office space, at 7 Hills Avenue in Concord, NH. Main Street in Concord is undergoing a $14M renovation, which is scheduled to conclude in November. We are excited to move back downtown, and be a part of the revitalization of the center of the city! Other than our street address, all of contact information remains the same.

M&K Publishes 2704 Newsletter


August 31, 2016
by M&K

M&K has published an article on the proposed 2704 regulations, which were issued in August. Click on the Publications link to access the article.

Joe McDonald Selected as Best Lawyer (2017)


August 29, 2016

Joe McDonald has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, in the area of Trusts and Estates.

Amy Kanyuk selected as Best Lawyer (2017)


August 16, 2016

Amy Kanyuk has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, in the areas of Tax Law and Trusts and Estates. She also was recognized as the Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year" for Concord, New Hampshire.

Amy Kanyuk Receives License to Practice Law in South Dakota


May 6, 2016

Amy Kanyuk has received her license to practice law in South Dakota. Amy also is licensed to practice in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Amy Kanyuk Elected to ACTEC Board of Regents


March 21, 2016

Amy Kanyuk has been elected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). The Board of Regents is ACTEC's governing body. Amy also serves as the New Hampshire state chair for ACTEC.

Amy Kanyuk Publishes Articles on Post-Mortem Tax Planning

Estate Planning
March 1, 2016
by Amy Kanyuk

Amy Kanyuk has published two articles in Estate Planning magazine on post-mortem estate tax and income tax planning. Click on the Publications link to access the articles.

Megan Neal Publishes Article on New Basis Consistency Rules

New Hampshire Bar News
February 17, 2016

Megan Neal has published an article in the NH Bar News on the new basis consistency rules. Click on the Publications link to access the article.

Joe McDonald publishes article on trusts and divorce

NH Bar Journal
January 1, 2016
by Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald and Megan Neal have published an article in the NH Bar Journal on the treatment of discretionary trust interests in divorce. Click on the Publications link to access a copy of the article.

IRS Releases 2016 Inflation Adjusted Transfer Tax Figures


November 12, 2015
by Amy Kanyuk

The IRS has issued the 2016 inflation-adjusted transfer tax exemption amounts. Visit our Publications page (click "M&K Newsletters") for a schedule of exemption amounts from 1997 through 2016.

Joe McDonald and Amy Kanyuk Selected as New England Super Lawyers


October 19, 2015

Joe McDonald and Amy Kanyuk have has been selected as 2016 Super Lawyers in the fields of estate planning and probate, and Megan Neal has been selected as a 2016 "Rising Star". Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice.

Amy Kanyuk Nominated to Board of Regents of American College of Trust and Estate Counsel


October 18, 2015

​Amy Kanyuk has been nominated to the Board of Regents of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). ACTEC is the leading national trust and estate organization of peer-elected trust and estate lawyers. The Board of Regents is the governing board of ACTEC. Amy was elected as an ACTEC fellow in 2007, and currently serves as the NH State Chair.

Amy Kanyuk included in Best Lawyers in America

The Best Lawyers in America® 2016
August 19, 2015

Amy Kanyuk has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, in the areas of Tax Law and Trusts and Estates.

Amy Kanyuk selected as Tax Lawyer of the Year


August 19, 2015

Amy has been named as the 2016 Tax Law "Lawyer of the Year" for Concord, NH by Best Lawyers. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is selected as a "Lawyer of the Year." Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, and is based on an exhaustive annual peer-review survey.

Joe McDonald Selected as Best Lawyer


August 17, 2015

Joe McDonald has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, in the field of Trusts and Estates.

Megan elected president of EPC


July 1, 2015

Megan Neal has been elected as the president of the New Hampshire Estate Planning Council.

Joe McDonald has written two new white papers.


November 12, 2014

Joe McDonald has written new white papers on private placement life insurance and business succession planning. Visit our Publications page for copies.

The New Rules of Estate Planning

Wall Street Journal
October 24, 2014
by Laura Saunders

Joe McDonald is quoted in a recent WSJ article discussing how estate planning strategies have changed. Visit our News page for a copy.

Joe McDonald and Amy Kanyuk Selected as 2015 Super Laywers


October 17, 2014

Joe McDonald and Amy Kanyuk have has been selected as 2015 Super Lawyers in the fields of estate planning and probate.

New Hampshire Passes Sweeping Trust Legislation


September 3, 2014

New Hampshire has enacted significant new trust legislation. For a summary of the changes, click the "News" tab on the left side of this page.

Joe McDonald Selected as Best Lawyer


August 18, 2014

Joe McDonald has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, in the field of Trusts and Estates.

Amy Kanyuk selected by peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America


August 18, 2014

Amy Kanyuk has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, in the fields of Tax Law and Trusts and Estates.

Megan Neal Awarded Master’s Degree in Taxation

Boston University College of Law
May 17, 2014

Megan Neal has earned her LL.M in taxation from Boston University College of law, and received the Ernest M. Haddad Award for academic achievement.

Amy Kanyuk Selected as NH State Chair of American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
April 1, 2014

Amy Kanyuk is now the New Hampshire state chair of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Amy Kanyuk’s article on fiduciaries has been published in Estate Planning magazine

Estate Planning
February 1, 2014
by Amy Kanyuk

Amy Kanyuk's article on lawyers serving as fiduciaries has been published in the February 2014 edition of Estate Planning magazine.

When to Decant a Trust

Wall Street Journal
January 3, 2014
by Liz Moyer

Joe McDonald is quoted in a recent WSJ article discussing how to tinker with irrevocable trusts.

New Hampshire Circuit Court Sets up New Dedicated Trust Docket


January 1, 2014

New Hampshire has become the first state in the nation to establish a dedicated docket to handle complex trust and estate litigation, effective as of January 1, 2014. With this new docket, New Hampshire remains at the forefront of innovative, modern and taxpayer-friendly trust jurisdictions in the United States.

Joe McDonald and Amy Kanyuk Selected as 2014 Super Laywers

Super Lawyers
November 1, 2013

Joe McDonald has been selected as a 2014 Super Lawyer in the fields of estate planning, probate and tax. Amy Kanyuk has been selected as a 2014 Super Lawyer in the fields of estate planning and probate.

More States Lower Taxes

Barron's Penta
September 14, 2013
by Carrie Coolidge

Joe McDonald is quoted in this Barron's article about the states with the lowest overall personal tax burdens. Not surprisingly, New Hampshire is among the most taxpayer-friendly states in the nation.

Amy Kanyuk Named Best Lawyer

Best Lawyers in America
September 1, 2013

Amy Kanyuk has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, for her work in the practice areas of Tax Law and Trusts and Estates.

Amy Kanyuk named 2014 Tax Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers
September 1, 2013

Amy Kanyuk has been selected by her peers as the 2014 Lawyer of the Year for Tax Law in Concord, NH.

Focus Shifts to State Estate-Tax Planning

Wall Street Journal
May 16, 2013
by Arden Dale

Joe McDonald is quoted in this Wall Street Journal article, which discusses the need for clients to consider state estate taxes when planning their estates.

McDonald & Kanyuk Named as Tier 1 Law Firm in Tax Law and Trusts and Estates Law

U.S. News and Best Lawyers
November 1, 2012

U.S.News – Best Lawyers has named McDonald & Kanyuk, PLLC as a Tier 1 law firm in tax law and trusts and estates.~~

Joe McDonald and Amy Kanyuk Named as Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers
October 22, 2012

Joe McDonald and Amy Kanyuk have been selected as 2012 New England Super Lawyers. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Amy Kanyuk Selected as Best Lawyer

Best Lawyers in America
October 1, 2012

Amy Kanyuk has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America listing, in the areas of tax law and trusts and estates.

How to Control Your Heirs From the Grave

Wall Street Journal
August 10, 2012
by Laura Saunders

Joe McDonald is quoted in this Weekend Investor’s article, which examines the use of irrevocable trusts to control wealth passing to family members after death.

The Truth About Donor-Advised Funds

The Wall Street Journal
June 11, 2012
by Laura Saunders

Joe McDonald is quote in the Weekend Investor’s cover story, “Invasion of the Charity Snatchers!” The article examines the benefits of donor-advised funds, which allow investors to donate now and take deductions at current tax rates, while making the actual charitable gifts later. In effect, they are miniature versions of private foundations—but without the considerable expenses or hassles.

Wealthy Americans Turn To Trusts To Shield Assets

Bloomberg
May 23, 2012
by Elizabeth Ody

Joe McDonald is quoted in this article, which discusses executive liability insurance. This insurance is often the first line of financial defense for executives and directors caught up in litigation such as investor lawsuits. For others without such coverage, asset-protection trusts are the way many insulate their wealth from claims.

The Rush to Avoid Gift Taxes How to Make Sure You Don’t End Up With ‘Donor’s Remorse’

The Wall Street Journal
March 17, 2012

Joe McDonald is quoted in this Weekend Investor's article. As the deadline approaches for taking advantage of the government's $5 million gift-tax exemption, estate planners are dealing with the fear of "donor's remorse." Families are looking to set up so-called irrevocable trusts to pass along assets to their heirs without paying gift tax—but worry they will change their minds later in life or will need to get the money back one day.

Raising the Bar: NH’s Top Attorneys

Business NH Magazine
February 1, 2010
by Erika Cohen and Matthew J. Mowry

Amy Kanyuk Selected by Her Peers as Best Tax and Trusts and Estates Lawyer in New Hampshire.

Trusts’ structure luring wealth to NH

New Hampshire Union Leader
January 24, 2010
by Jim Kozubek

Amy Kanyuk comments on New Hampshire trust law.

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