SKILLED

Graduate of the #1 Master’s of Tax Laws program in the country at N.Y.U.; Large firm and Wall Street background

EXPERIENCED

Clients across the spectrum of wealth; deep experience with entrepreneurs; and transactions closed in over fifty countries

PROVEN RESULTS

Outcome-driven planning, often in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment with work reviewed by other attorneys, accountants, investment bankers, and wealth managers

Russell Lombardy II, Esq.

“We are not generalists. We do one thing–we help you protect your wealth–and we do it well.”

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  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    LL.M. – Master of Laws Degree in Taxation (in the #1 ranked tax LL.M. program in the United States)
  • St Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida
    J.D. – Juris Doctors Degree (concentration in tax law)
    Honors: Graduated With Honors
    Honors: Dean’s List Each Semester
    Honors: Multiple Book Awards for the highest class grade
    Phi Alpha Delta (President 1996 – 1997, Secretary 1995 – 1996, Member 1994 – 1995)
    Law Review: St. Thomas University Law Review 1995 – 1997, Notes and Comments Editor, 1996 – 1997
  • University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
    B.S. – Bachelor of Science
    Major: Physical Sciences (Physics, Computer Science, and Mathematics)

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Monarch Wealth Attorneys is a law firm built by and around attorney Russell Lombardy.

The firm has non-attorney staff (legal research, legal support, paralegal services, etc.) as well as multiple relationships with attorneys who work with Monarch Wealth Attorneys on an of-counsel basis (fiduciary litigation, insurance litigation, probate, etc.). Additionally, the firm has extensive world-wide relationships with accountants, lawyers and trust service providers.

Practice Areas

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AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Wealth Transfer

Reducing the application of estate, gift and generation skipping transfer taxes now and for future generations.

Asset Protection

Proactively structuring assets to protect them from future creditors.

Estate Planning

Practical planning to enable decision making upon disability and structured asset transfers upon death.

International Families/Assets

Providing tax sensitive, experienced guidance for complex situations involving multijurisdictional families and non-US property ownership.

Services for Entrepreneurs

Dealing with excess taxable income, providing incentives to key employees using phantom equity, and dozens of other solutions depending on the challenge or opportunity.

Business Formation

Structuring the appropriate business entity with the appropriate tax status to hold passive assets or to engage in an active business.

Business Succession

Facilitating an orderly and tax efficient transfer of a business from one generation to the next, or from one partner to the others.

Business Disposition

Engaging in straightforward mergers and acquisitions work targeted to mid-market companies and designing asset protected and capital gains sensitive sales structures.

  • Providing Asset Protection to a Rental Property


    Rental property held in your name subjects many of your assets (usually, including your home) to liabilities of the rental. Additionally, the rental is subject to your personal liabilities. By placing the rental property into a limited liability company (an “LLC”), we can protect your personal assets from the liability of the rental, and the rental from your personal liability. Structured appropriately, the LLC can be disregarded for tax purposes, resulting in no additional tax return.
  • Asset Protecting a Multi-Rental Property Structure


    Rental properties held in your name subject your personal assets to the liability of the rentals. Additionally, each rental is subject to your personal liability and the liability of all the other rental properties. By placing each rental property into a limited liability company (an “LLC”) and holding each of these LLCs is another LLC designed to be a holding company, we can protect your personal assets from the liability of the rentals, and each rental from your personal liability and the liability of the other rentals.
  • Reducing the Estate Tax Exposure of Your Future Estate


    There are a multitude of opportunities to reduce your future estate taxes depending on your goals and the values and types of assets that are expected to be part of your taxable estate. An easy example is using a Life Insurance Trust to eliminate estate taxes on life insurance that may otherwise be 40% or more at your death. Alternately, various lifetime gifting and sale strategies can be used to reduce your future estate tax exposure (and these are often extremely useful for entrepreneurs).
  • Protecting from Business Liability in a Tax Efficient Manner Using a Captive Insurance Company


    Most, if not all, companies (including single person consulting and other businesses) have uninsured liability. The U.S. Tax Code provides an incredibly valuable incentive designed to bring captive insurance companies to businesses across the spectrum of revenue. If structured property, you can establish a captive insurance company to insure against otherwise uninsured losses in your business. The business receives a regular tax deduction for the premium it pays to your captive. However, the receipt of the premium by the captive may be completely tax free—effectively allowing companies you own to generate a deduction with no offsetting income tax pickup.
  • Avoiding Probate in Multiple Jurisdictions Due to the Ownership of Real Property


    Using a fully funded revocable trust as the foundational estate planning document is always the best way to avoid probate. Holding non-residential properties in LLCs established in the state of the property will also avoid probate on these properties and will add asset protection to your ownership. Both techniques may be used in conjunction with one another.
  • Providing an Incentive to a Key Employee to Encourage Retention


    Giving a key employee phantom equity is often a way to compensate an employee as an owner without giving up any actual ownership in your business. Phantom equity is usually a cash bonus program that mirrors dividend payments to owners.
  • Selling a Business in an Asset Protected, Tax Efficient Structure


    Whether you are selling stock (or membership interests) or the assets of your business, most business sales can be structured to provide significant asset protection of the sales proceeds and a tax efficient, often deferred, outcome.

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