Stephen Howard, Attorney CPA
Experienced Tax, Business, Estate,
Bankruptcy and Real Estate Attorney
Experienced Tax, Business, Estate, Bankruptcy and Real Estate Attorney
Stephen Howard Attorney CPA offers comprehensive tax, business, and real estate law services for individuals and businesses. If you have a pressing legal need in these areas, you should contact the office of Attorney Howard to learn how he can help with your matter.
Stephen Howard offers legal services in the areas of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy and business, estate, real estate, and tax matters. Whether you are buying a home and need a real estate lawyer to make sure everything is correct, or want a tax attorney for personal or business compliance, Attorney Howard can help. He offers detailed explanations of all options and suggests the best course of action to benefit clients.
He also works extensively with business clients who face commercial or employment issues or who are involved in shareholder or business owner disputes. Skilled at negotiating a resolution and aggressively representing a client’s best interests, Attorney Howard can bring your business and legal needs to a swift resolution.
Attorney Howard maintains a law office in Lansdale, PA and welcomes clients from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Anyone with a legal need in the attorney’s practice areas is welcome to contact the lawyer.
About Attorney Howard
Attorney Howard holds a J.D. and a Masters in Tax Law and Taxation, from Temple University. Attorney Howard has practiced law for over 41 years. He also holds a CPA license in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and is admitted to practice law in both of these states.
Call the office of Stephen Howard Attorney CPA to discuss your situation and determine how the attorney can help. Call 215-362-2572 to learn more.
Stephen Howard is an attorney and CPA currently practicing in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He offers both legal and tax services.
Education and Experience
Stephen Howard earned his undergraduate degree at LaSalle University in 1976, where he studied government and accounting. He went on to earn his law degree from Temple University in 1980. Stephen Howard also holds a master’s degree in tax law and taxation from the Fox School of Business of Temple University, which he earned in 1983. He has been in private practice for more than years. He is also a former instructor at Penn State University, where he taught real estate and elder law.
Practice Areas and Services
Attorney Stephen Howard’s practice areas and services include:
Attorney Stephen Howard is currently accepting new clients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Contact his office today to learn more about his services.
Tax Laws: Evolution and Technicality
The tax laws are constantly changing and are also complex. For both individuals and businesses, it’s important to use an experienced tax attorney like Stephen Howard for planning and compliance. Not only is attorney Stephen Howard technically up-to-date with the current laws, he’s a progressive and proactive professional and helps clients plan and preserve their wealth while maintaining compliance with tax regulations. Non compliance can open the door to steep fines, civil penalties and criminal charges for both individuals and businesses. Attorney Stephen Howard can ensure that your individual or business activities are in full compliance with the tax laws.
Proper planning allows one to accomplish their financial goals in the most tax- efficient manner possible. When done right, it minimizes tax liability. It’s a financial strategy that encompasses many aspects, including common deductions, income, purchases, selection of tax-wise investments, retirement plans and death taxes. Attorney Stephen Howard offers federal, state and local tax compliance and planning, business succession planning, tax planning for corporate transactions, estate planning and tax deferral strategies, including 1031 exchanges.
Turn to Stephen Howard for the best results in your tax planning. He has extensive experience and delivers creative solutions and quality tax advice. He works closely with his clients to develop a comprehensive strategy based on your individual or business needs to achieve the best results. With the help of attorney Stephen Howard, clients can stay on the right side of the law while reducing their tax liability.
When someone dies in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, his or her property must be distributed in accordance with state law. This typically involves a process known as “probate,” which can be lengthy and expensive. To ensure that the administration of your estate or the estate of a loved one goes as smoothly as possible, it is best to consult a qualified attorney like Stephen Howard who understands estate planning, tax law and probate law.
About Estate Planning
The term “estate planning” refers to the process of creating wills, trusts and other documents that determine how your assets are distributed after your death and which can also minimize death taxes. These documents can name beneficiaries, designate the individual who will oversee your estate and even prevent certain assets from going through probate. Having a qualified attorney aid you in the estate planning process ensures that your documents are constructed properly and that your property will be distributed in accordance with your wishes.
About Estate Administration
Estate administration occurs after the decedent dies. During this time, the deceased person’s will is admitted into probate court, an executor is named, all debts are paid and the remaining assets are distributed to heirs based on the instructions left behind. If you are involved in the administration of a probated estate, having an attorney to represent you in or out of court and guide you through the process is essential.
Contact Stephen Howard, Attorney and CPA
If you are in need of estate planning services or you are involved in the probate of an estate, please contact Stephen Howard today to schedule a consultation.
Businesses often find themselves in the position of needing legal assistance. One reason to consult with a business attorney who is also a CPA is to ensure that your legal adviser truly understands the financial needs of your business. Because of various legal and tax issues, it’s typically a good idea to consider working with an attorney with a financial background to set up your business. Since there are various types of entities, working with someone who understands the legal and tax benefits of various forms of business can save you trouble later.
Beyond formation: When problems arise
When you’re faced with legal challenges including disputes with those who own shares in your company or with partners, you want an attorney who is willing to defend your business vigorously. Disputes can result in loss of customers, monetary expense and when they go on for too long, can result in closure of the business. Attorney Stephen Howard has years of business experience and knows how important it is to address these disputes as soon as possible to protect your business and minimize your financial losses.
When agreements are impossible
Unfortunately, no matter how hard you try and how upfront you are, sometimes disputes cannot be settled without mediation or outside of court. When this occurs, you need an attorney who is willing to advocate your case and represent your side of the matter in a thorough and professional manner. Whether the dispute involves a breach of contract, disagreement with shareholders or partners, a business valuation matter or dispute with another company, you need an attorney who is going to protect the best interests of your business whether in mediation, arbitration or in court.
Contact Attorney and CPA, Stephen Howard at 215-362-2572 for all of your Pennsylvania and New Jersey business law needs. He’s here to help you make sure your business is fairly and completely represented.
No one plans to fall behind in their payments, but unforeseen circumstances sometimes make it impossible to keep up. When you are no longer able to pay what you owe and the creditors start calling, you may feel overwhelmed and hopeless. Fortunately, even if you feel like there is no way out, you do have options.
If you have fallen behind in your bills, filing bankruptcy can allow you to resolve your debts and get your finances back on track. Two bankruptcy options exist for individuals: Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which may also be referred to as “liquidation,” is available to filers who don’t have enough income to pay their debts, even with a payment plan. If you file this type of bankruptcy, your nonexempt property may be sold to pay as much of your debt as possible. All of your remaining debts will then be discharged by the court, and you will no longer be responsible for paying them. Attorney Howard works hard to insure that as many of your assets as possible are exempt from the Chapter 7 proceeding.
Chapter 13 bankruptcy, on the other hand, does not require you to surrender any of your property. Instead, you will repay some or all of your debts over time in accordance with a payment plan approved by the court.
Hiring an Attorney
If you are dealing with debts you cannot afford to pay, you need to consult an attorney who understands both financial matters and bankruptcy law. Contact, Stephen Howard, Attorney and CPA, today to discuss your needs or to schedule a consultation.
Purchasing property can get complicated; there are numerous issues to deal with beginning from the day you are prepared to make an offer. Attorney Stephen Howard can help you through the entire process from reviewing purchase and sales agreements through the closing. Attorney Howard provides some of the following real estate services in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey:
Zoning Matters and Complicated Transactions
When purchasing property for a specific use it can sometimes make it difficult to utilize a property in the manner you intend. When the current zoning doesn’t meet your needs, you may want to request a rezoning, a special use or obtain a variance. Attorney Stephen Howard understands how challenging zoning issues can be and has provided representation to his clients in front of many zoning boards. Attorney Stephen Howard can also assist with appeals when a zoning decision is adverse.
Contact Attorney Stephen Howard, also a CPA, at 215-362-2572 for all your Pennsylvania and New Jersey real estate transactions. Whether you need an attorney to represent your interests as a buyer or seller, you need help with the closing process or specific tax planning related to a real estate transaction, you can count on Attorney Stephen Howard for skilled, knowledgeable representation.
Stephen Howard has drawn extensively upon his background as a business attorney and certified public account in litigating many financial and tax matters. Several years ago, he successfully defended a large nightclub in Center City Philadelphia against the assessment of amusement tax by the City upon exotic dancing performances. This case drew national news coverage and a great deal of local notoriety as a result of the City’s attempt to levy a tax on the performance of “lap dances” within private venues of the nightclub. As a result of his representation, he was able to save his client hundreds of thousands of dollars in local tax and prevent the assessment of new taxes in the future.
He has also litigated extensively in the commercial and business law areas. Previously, he overturned the decision of a trial judge in the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas and had the Appellate Courts extend the implied doctrine of good faith in contract law to the duties performed by a general partner in a real estate investment partnership. In so doing he persuaded the Courts to extend this doctrine found in other areas of Pennsylvania law to limited partnerships, notwithstanding the terms of the partnership agreement vesting exclusive management of business affairs with the general partner. This case represented a landmark decision in Pennsylvania contract law and the first time the Pennsylvania Superior Court extended the implied doctrine of good faith to the context of a limited partnership agreement. Although the Pennsylvania Supreme Court did not adopt this ruling, it was subsequently incorporated as statutory law in the revised version of the Uniform Limited Partnership Act passed by the Pennsylvania legislature. Attorney Howard also has significant experience working with certified public accountants, appraisers and economic advisers in the litigation of shareholder and partner disputes and business valuations.
He has litigated many cases in the United States Tax Court and has successfully represented clients in audit proceedings before the Internal Revenue Service, Pennsylvania Department of Revenue and the New Jersey Division of Taxation. He has tried numerous guardianship proceedings, will contests, surcharge hearings and estate accountings in the probate courts. He has drawn upon his significant financial experience as a CPA to prepare both his documents and pleadings and to present his cases in court to obtain the best result for his clients. He brings a level of expertise to all of his cases which only an attorney with a thorough knowledge of accounting, financial and tax principals can bring to the table.
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