What Are Estate Taxes And Will They Apply To My Last Will And Testament

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Estate taxes are one of the most hotly debated tax law subjects today. Essentially what happens is that when you pass on your estate will go to your beneficiaries and heirs subject to your Last Will and Testament. However, your beneficiaries and heirs will have to pay estate tax on the portion of the estate that they receive. This is a tax that occurs not only at the federal level but also at the state level as well. One of the instances where the estate tax will actually not apply is when your entire estate goes straight to your spouse without going to anyone else. This is specifically an exception that is implanted into the tax law in order to have the surviving spouse not subject to estate tax. In 2010, the estate tax was actually completely repealed but it is to come back in 2011 as such the estates will again be subject to this tax.

Thus, on a general level the estate will be subject to estate taxes unless the entire estate goes to the surviving spouse. One of the ways that you can actually reduce the amount of estate taxes that you pay is to have an attorney prepare your Last Will and Testament. What they can do is actually utilize the latest in tax law provisions in order to increase your tax savings. One of the techniques that they can actually use is a disclaimer trust which in essence works like this. This trust created by an attorney works in the way that certain portion of the estate is actually disclaimed by the surviving spouse and it goes into the trust. In turn the trust will at a later time go to the surviving spouse’s heirs and as such they can take advantage of the exclusions from estate taxes. .

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Architecture meets Industrial Design

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Title: Architecture meets Industrial Design

Text & Photography: Foster + Partners

Blurring the lines between architecture, interior design and industrial design, F+P once again prove that design is seamless and universal

Foster+Partners has proved its design prowess beyond the building industry and carries it forward to designing the interiors and furnishings for a commercial aircraft, drawing on its previous commissions for yachts and private jets.

Following the successful refurbishment of The Wing, Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge at Hong Kong International Airport, the practice has carried the lounge’s sophisticated design into the first class cabin of the Boeing 777-300ER fleet refreshing the award-winning cabin.

The Wing, which opened earlier this year,is the second in a series of lounges by Foster + Partners for Cathay Pacific at HongKong International Airport. Every detail of the interiors,from the Champagne Bar to the bathroom fittings in the luxurious first class -cabanas’, has been custom-designed by the practice to create an exceptional experience for guests.

Besides the plush interiors, the lounges are furnished with a number of unique pieces designed by Foster + Partners, including a marble reception desk,food counter and a free-standing champagne bar with integrated trays – down to the detail of porcelain plates. Alongside the bespoke products and one-off furniture pieces, The Wing also features the Ilium cylindrical table light, developed with Nemo and the Foster 503 armchair by Walter Knoll.The highlight is the Cathay Solus Chair, the airline’s signature developed with Poltrona Frau that responds to the desire for privacy in the midst of a busy public space with its hourglass form and multi-utility constitution: the circular form incorporates a wide,comfortable seat, an integrated a power supply and a table, which can be used as an informal desk. The ribs of cushion at the back of the chair extend in places to form ridges, which can be used as armrests.

Creating a seamless experience for passengers, the cabin’s design shares the lounge’s palette of warm white leather,reflective dark grey surfaces and walnut finishes to create a calm, understated interior. Every element is considered and refined, including the stitch of the bespoke covers for Cathay Pacific’s celebrated first class seat, the handmade woollen carpet, the refurbished bathrooms and the new reading light, which has been custom-designed to cast fewer shadows when working or dining.

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Amrapali Terrace Homes New Residential Property For Sale At Noida Extension

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Amrapali Terrace Homes is the latest new property for sale at Noida Extension that is aimed at setting new benchmarks for residential properties in Noida by the Amrapali Group, one of the most trusted providers of real estate property in Noida and Delhi NCR.

offering a wode range of seven different living options in the form of 2, 3 and 4 BHK apartments for sale in Noida Extension, the flats for sale at Amrapali Terrace Homes have been set up over a spacious area that ranges between 885 and 2070 sq. ft.

Amrapali Terrace Homes offers residences that are not just well built, but also come fully equipped with the most modern comforts and conveniences that any other property in Noida Extension has offered till date. The flats for sale at Terrace Homes have been priced between 17 and 41 lakhs, depending upon the type of residential property and its size.

Amrapali Terrace Homes also enjoys all the benefits of a perfect location, as it is situated in a peaceful and serene location at Noida Extension, and the residential complex itself is spread out over a sprawling area of 70 acres, which includes 75% of open area with huge stretches of lush greens.

All apartments in this luxurious residential property will be 3-side open, which means that all residences shall be extremely well lighted and ventilated.

Apart from this, those who book a flat at Amrapali Terrace Homes shall also be pampered with amenities such as 2-Tier Security System, a Gated Community, Modular Kitchens, an extremely well equipped Gymnasium, a Sports Academy, double height terrace, Vaastu-friendly layouts and park and play areas.

Amrapali Terrace Homes also enjoys easy connectivity to all major commercial and recreational hubs as well as general points of interests like hospitals, banks and local markets.

All this combined with the strong backing of a builder like Amrapali Group makes Terrace Homes easily qualify as one of the most desirable places to book a flat at Noida Extension.

Brazilian Real Estate Market Investment Opportunities

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With breaking news emerging that major airline, Etihad Airways, will be offering direct flights from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Sao Paulo from 2013, Brazilian Housetech Development companies have identified the UAE as a target for potential investors to invest in the Brazilian Real Estate Market.

The Brazilian Real Estate Market has opened its doors to the world in recent months as Brazil property investment opportunities continue to soar with the nation witnessing large scale growth. At present, Brazil has one of the most attractive property markets in the world with a number of experts identifying that house price growth in the country currently stands at 23.5%.

Sao Paulo alone is witnessing property prices growing at a rate of 18.7% on a yearly basis and with the news that a major UAE airline has seen the benefits of offering direct flights to Brazil, savvy Brazilian Housetech Development companies are looking to cash in on investors who will undoubtedly take advantage of better access to Brazil because of direct flights into the country.

Waseem Saddique comments: With the world in such a state of economic turmoil its difficult for todays investor to know where to buy real estate. However, Brazil still retains the highly desired imbalance between supply and demand combined with affordable land prices and a domestically-driven economy. Investors, wherever they are in the world, especially the Middle East recognise this and are committing to projects such as Palm Springs, Natal.

Palm Springs already boasts 70% of its land plots sold, having been snapped up by a number of Brazilian middle and upper class nationals and presents itself as one of the most attractive Brazil property investment opportunities available.

Palm Springs is well renowned for its beautiful natural beaches and is ideally located just 20 minutes away from the location of the new international airport that is set to be built in nearby Natal.

In contrast to other Housetech Developments taking place across the area, much of the essential infrastructure is already in place and is approximately 60% complete. Land plots in the area are currently available at very affordable prices and Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) approved investment opportunities are very financially viable.

The area also offers a range of 2 and 3 bedroom luxury villas that can be bought at very low prices, which represent excellent value for money for any UAE investor looking to take advantage of the current state of the Brazil property market.

Antique Furniture and Decorations for Any Occasion

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It seems like everyone today is out to make money. Sacrifices are often made to make way for mass-produced moneymaking. Furniture, for example, is often sought after today for its style, light weight, and inexpensive price tag. Much of the quality that used to go into furniture has been lost to modern manufacturing. This is one of the main reasons that leads people to the world of antiques. Antiques are classified as collectible items that are over 80 years old. They are usually prized for their beauty, rarity, condition, utility, and sentimentality. Antiques are unique, historical, and beautiful. Antiques were made in a time when craftsmanship was highly prized, so they are made by expert hands. You can purchase antiques from auction houses, estate sales, and antique shops. There are many great antique sources that provide quality antiques in good condition. Many antique sources will import their antiques from overseas. Nations rich in history and design in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia are often huge sources for antiques. Antique stores likeCastle Antiques, Inc. import regularly from overseas to supply you with the most beautiful, historical, and unique pieces. Antique Furniture and More >

Antique furniture is what most people think of when they hear the word antiques. Although furniture like beds, dressers, desks, and tables are a big portion of antiques, there are many other items to look into as well. These might include automobiles, tools, clothing, jewelry, kitchenware, and more. If you own an antique that is in less-than-mint condition, stores likeCastle Antiques, Inc.not only sell antiques, but they repair and restore them as well! That way, your precious antique won’t deteriorate and fall apart. You can enjoy your purchase or family heirloom for years to come. Antiques have so much style and personality backed by superb craftsmanship that will only add to your home. Castle Antiques & Design , open to the public, we are one of the largest importers of antique furnishings in the greater Los Angeles area. Established in 1975 as a major wholesaler to antique dealers and interior designers. We now offer retail, wholesale, rental, staging, repairs, restoration and custom made services at Castle Antiques, Inc.

Architecture A Brief Introduction and Marketing Tips

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Architecture is an art and science that marries the building and design of structures. In some ways one can say that, along with engineering, it is the sign of civilization. Once man was able to settle down and fashion his own dwelling, even by primitive means, this was the start of the first civilizations.

Originally, these structures were purely functional serving to keep people safe from bad weather and wild animals, and to give them privacy. But as modern construction procedures were developed, along with more advanced materials, architecture and engineering began to take a more artistic leaning.

The earliest treatise on the subject, De Architectura, was written by Vitruvius, dates back to the 1st Century CE. In it, the Roman architect says that a building has to have form, function, and durability. To this day, most architects still conform to those three tenets. It is probably even safe to say that some are more successful at adhering to those dogmas than others.

A few examples of these people are Frank Lloyd Wright, a major proponent of organic architecture who is often touted to be the greatest American architect of all time (famous for the house called Fallingwater and for the Guggenheim Museum in New York City); I.M. Pei, a master of modern architecture who created the pyramid at the Louvre and the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong; Frank Gehry, who designed the Dancing House in Prague; and the landscape architect and artist, Isamu Noguchi, among many others.

If these names sound familiar to you, it’s probably because their works are admired the world for being beautiful while being both functional and enduring. You’re likely to see their buildings mentioned in architectural texts, art books and even featured in architecture postcard designs. These, by the way, are not only proof of how respected the geniuses mentioned above are but, also function as a way to market their work. Like a portfolio, one might say.

In fact, some people in the business might publish high quality books that double as coffee table books and company profiles. Or, perhaps, they might have architecture postcard designs and construction postcard designs printed on elegant cards to send to potential clients. Others still, might support these efforts with their own websites.

Residential Lettings Software – Adding A New Dimension In Property Management

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If you are a letting agent and planning to expand your business, you need a good lettings software to manage the increasing number of properties. As your business expands and you take more and more business spread over different geographical locations, it’s a must to have good residential lettings software capable of handling all stages within the tenancy lifecycle efficiently and accurately.

There are a number of software available in the market each claiming to be the best leaving you wondering which software to choose. It can be a difficult decision especially if you don’t know what you don’t know. There is one software that can make that decision very easy, PropCo Enterprise, web based residential lettings software .

It’s a complete one-stop solution which takes advantage of the latest technologies and set of features that are specifically designed to add value to your business!
It is an advanced web based property, management client accounting and residential lettings software all rolled into one.

It has the flexibility to cater to the needs from a multi user/office to single user/office letting agents, from the largest to the smallest. It can handle the full tenancy life-cycle right from the initial landlord enquiry, marketing, applicant matching, viewings, property reservation, safety inspections, tenant check-ins to rent collection, maintenance and move out. This residential lettings software has key features as Property management, Marketing, Property Maintenance, Client Accounting, Document Management, Work flow Automation and many more.

Along with our core product i.e. residential lettings software PropCo Enterprise, TBL also offers PropCo Web which is aimed toward enhancing the web presence of our clients. PropCo web can be integrated with PropCo Enterprise or used as a stand-alone website. When coupled with PropCo Enterprise as the back-end software, it offers some special features such as the ability for prospective tenants to request a viewing on a property. Landlords can login and view or download historical statements, copy invoices, check their account status, leave messages etc. Tenants can check their account status, submit a change of contact details, log a maintenance request, check when the next inspection is due etc etc. Real-time Interactive mapping between the website and the back-end software improves the web-presence and greatly enhances the chances of converting applicants into tenants.

Our client-base includes some of the most prestigious names in the Lettings Industry and spread throughout the country, from London to Edinburgh, Countrywide Residential Lettings are the largest of our clients who selected our residential lettings software PropCo Enterprise after a rigorous tender process in 2008. The system has now been successfully implemented at their Accounts, Management, Legal and Admin’ centres and across the country to over 100 offices and over 1000 users.

Garden office spaces are the way to go

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Have you ever wondered how it would be to work from home? Well now you can with a very unique and useful tool which is being purchased by many people who enjoy working from the comfort of their own homes. These types of office spaces are known as garden offices. There are many professionals who prefer working in this type of manner because they provide the best in convenience and quality. There are many different materials that are used by large companies that manufacture these types of garden office spaces. It is very important when purchasing these items that you choose the best. If you are working from the house there are many benefits which can be taken into consideration. There is no need to wake up early in the morning and go to work unlike many people and you are able to walk into office which is right in the back of the garden with your pyjamas. Since there has been a huge demand for these types of office spaces companies have also implemented several other types of offices buildings which is called an office pod. They give the same level of comfort and work environment which makes it very easy to be highly productive and gain a huge turn over in the end of the day.

Garden office buildings come in several different colors and designs to choose from and there are many people who opt on this form of working lifestyle. There are many different designs and shapes that can be selected when purchasing these garden office spaces. Professionals such as doctors and lawyers are some of the most common individuals who purchase these garden office spaces. It allows them to practice their profession without any hassle in the comfort of their own homes. They are able to bond with the family and can work according to the time the feel like. This is by far one of the biggest advantages of having a garden office space. The cost of having these garden office spaces are relatively cheap and there is no need to worry about hiring a cleaning company or any other criteria’s that might be taken into account of having a office space of this manner. There is very less maintenance cost involved unlike the common offices. You can easily keep an eye on the house whilst working in a garden office.

Residential Stucco Staten Island Services Add Durability To Your Home Structure

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Choosing a roofing material that is versatile by nature is highly appealing as you get so many benefits with just one material. If you are looking for a versatile kind of roofing material consider using Concrete Roofing with Reinforced Fiber. The main appealing quality here is that you can use it for practically any kind of home style.

Many people are seen to opt for Concrete Roofing with Reinforced Fiber because it comes in so many different colors and designs such as tile, stones and much more. Furthermore it pretty durable too. This kind of roofing is resistant to fire and you also do not have the usual pest problems that are seen to attack other forms of roofing.

The maintenance efforts required for concrete roofing is pretty low and thats another reason why its seen in many homes. If you live in Bronx, check out Roof Bronx contractors in this area, to get Concrete Roofing with Reinforced Fiber done for your home. You will find that your money is worth spent in getting such a roof, because it lasts long. Be sure to seek out Roof Bronx Contractors who have considerable experience in concrete roofing implementation so that you get quality work done for your home.

Many people prefer Stucco in their home because it is durable and also weather-resistant. If you have stucco done in your home, you will find it not just to have an elegant look, but the strength of this material will give you value for money spent in having in applied on your buildings structure.

There are many contractors who specialize in implementing Stucco in residential buildings. The best way to select a suitable contractor is to make a list of such contractors in your area and then call on them individually for selection. For example, if you live in Staten Island, check out Residential Stucco Staten Island Contractors to have Stucco applied in the right way for your home. Specifically look into Residential Stucco Staten Island Contractors who have considerable experience in Stucco implementation so that you get quality work done for the money you spend.

Wonderful Things About Being a Game Developer

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There are a lot of good things about being a game developer in the Philippines. As the multi-billion dollar mobile game development industry gets even bigger, more game development jobs become available in the country. These opportunities make it possible for game enthusiasts to work in a field they love and earn a living with a career that makes them happy. A career in mobile game development is more than an excuse to play games all day, there are many rewards that come in this industry. Using your creative and analytical skills – Game development jobs require both your creative and analytical skills. Some jobs like artists and sound engineers may have a highly-creative focus, while programmer jobs are very analytical. Game design and mobile app marketing uses both creative and analytical skills. You can always challenge and allow your skills to grow in mobile game development. Work in a lively and casual environment – If working in a cold and formal office is your idea of a nightmare, the environment of game development will be a sweet dream. It is so different from other industries. Employees are allowed to be as creative as they can be. There are no strict dress code and the working hours are flexible to maximize the employee’s efficiency. The best part is being surrounded with people that are passionate and driven about what they do. Having a steady career in a dynamic industry – The game development industry is always changing and it changes fast. With all the new innovations, it will be hard to find a dull moment. But the changes also bring new opportunities to learn so you can improve and expand your skills. But even with all these changes, the game development industry is well-established, so you do not have to worry about your job. Seeing people have fun with your creation – Making other people happy is one of the best feelings in the world. In mobile game development, you have a chance to do that in every game you create.

It is very fortunate that Filipino game aficionados can be a game developer in the Philippines and they no longer have to go overseas to realize their dream of making games. FunGuy Studio is an android and iphone app development company that makes it possible. They have their game studio based in Manila where they perform the whole range of game development jobs – from game conceptualization to mobile app marketing.

There are a lot of wonderful things about game development jobs beside impressing kids. It is a fun career that satisfies one’s need for creative outlet, growth and security. It also gives you an opportunity to turn your passion into a career.