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Peggy Sheahan Knee Receives NJSBA Legislative Recognition Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Peggy Sheahan Knee, a Glen Rock resident and partner in The Knee Law Firm, LLC in Saddle Brook, was honored with the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Legislative Recognition Award in September for her work on probate matters dealing with inheritance tax laws, the Uniform Probate Code and legislation that risked the property rights of children by establishing trusts under the control of their parents in response to September 11th terrorist attacks.

Knee and others met with representatives of the Division of Taxation to discuss changes to revised estate tax laws and were successful in negotiating important changes to make filing of estate tax returns easier.

With the introduction of the Uniform Probate Code this past year, Knee participated in meetings with the bill’s potential sponsors, attended multiple hearings in the Legislature and presented testimony.

Regarding the property rights legislation, Knee and her team participated in conference calls with the NJ Surrogate’s Office, Office of the Governor and Administrative Office of the Courts. They drafted amendments that constitutional scholars agreed was the least constitutionally intrusive remedy available. They also testified at legislative hearings and met with the Governor’s office staff.

The annual Legislative Recognition Award is given to acknowledge noteworthy legislative service of NJSBA members.

Knee is currently secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association and is now in line to serve as president of the NJSBA in 2008. She will be the sixth woman to hold that office and will be the first NJSBA president who practices in the field of elder law.

Knee received the New Jersey State Bar Association Distinguished Legislative Service award in September 2000 in recognition of her work as co-author of the revised Power of Attorney Statute. The act clarified and expanded the law governing the use of powers of attorney and was signed into law by Governor Christine Whitman on Sept. 8, 2000.

Certified by the National Elder Law Foundation as an elder law attorney, Knee has been a member of the NJSBA board of trustees since 1998, and served as chair of the association’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section from 1995 to 1996. She is immediate past president of the Northern New Jersey Estate Planning Council, a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a member of the American Bar Association and Women Lawyers in Bergen County.

Knee is a member of the New Jersey, New York and Florida bars and practices estate planning and administration, and elder law at her Saddle Brook law firm.

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