October 6th, 2012

inheritance tax in new york city / real estate

TIME/LOCATION: 2012, New York City (specifically brooklyn)

SITUATION: a pair of distant cousins learn they have inherited the estate of their mutal great-uncle; he died intestate, and the cousins inherited by default after being traced by the probate office. The estate consists of a four-story (with basement) brownstone in Brooklyn, which was bought around WW2 and has passed down in a direct line. The great-uncle also ran an antiques shop out of the ground-floor level. The GU (for reasons of his own) wasn't one for paperwork, so it was very difficult for the probate office to find out the exact income of the store.

1) what kind of inheritance tax would they have to pay in actual money? (ballpark figure is fine)

2) Could they get some kind of installment plan to pay the tax?(one of the cousins has recently been honorably discharged from the army and the other is a graduate student on sabbatical.) Or would they have to, say, get a bank loan to pay off the tax at once?

3) near the end of the story, the cousins (for plot reasons) decide to take over the antique store and run it themselves. They've also become friends with an old acquaintance of the GU who worked on commission for him as a buyer, and is willing to do the same for them. Would running a business out of the building affect the above at all? What if their new friend bought in as a partner - would he be expected to pay any of it (I don't think so, but best to check)? Would that count as some kind of income to affect a possible installment plan?

4) originally, the cousins planned to sell the building; what kind of sum could they have expected for selling/renting out the building? (the ground floor is retail; the top three floors are bare-bones apartments) it's in good condition, but needs a great deal of updating; most of the fixtures haven't been upgraded since the 1980's or so.

previously searched: inheritance tax+US; brooklyn; real estate, NYC;

Advising elementary school student to get counseling

Present day (or near enough as probably makes no difference), Japan.

This is only for a school assignment, so it doesn't need to be the most realistic thing in the world, but I thought I should ask here anyway. If a teacher has come across something troubling in a student's essay, is there a specific way they should advise the student to get counseling? The student is in fourth grade. The assignment is supposed to be in the form of a comment on the essay, so something like contacting their parents wouldn't be useful here. I know this is a long shot, but if anyone has some helpful information, I'd be grateful to hear it.

Googled: "how to tell a student to get counseling", "how to tell a student to get counseling -university", "how to tell a student to get counseling elementary", "advise student to get counseling", "teacher if you think a student needs counseling". All that's been coming up have been university webpages, descriptions of how counselors advise students, and advice for counselors themselves.

EDIT: Looks like the answer is that it's not a thing that would happen in real life (I kind of figured), so I don't really need any more information on this subject! But if there's something y'all still want to say on the topic, feel free to keep commenting. c:

Living arrangement in NYC in the 1960s

So, I'm writing a fic about two characters from modern day UK who are stranded in New York in the 1960s (take a wild guess which fandom). I've never been to New York and have only a vague idea about how the city is laid out. I've been looking at Google maps, Wikipedia, http://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/, and going through the community back posts. Some questions:

  1. How difficult would it be for an obviously English man without papers to find work/housing in New York City during the late 1960s? Where might a man in this situation end up living? (I'm planning for him to fake an ID eventually, but I want to know what kind of struggles he might have during his early days)

  1. What would be a typical salary for a male nurse in New York during the late 1960s- early 1970s. MSN careers indicates that $9,740 would be the amount a nurse would have made in 1960 if salaries have remained consistent with inflation for the past 50 years. http://blogs.cornell.edu/askalib/2009/07/10/what-was-the-average-or-median-salary-of-nurses-or-physicians-in-1969/ is indicating 141 dollars a week for a general nurse in the 1960s. Does this seem accurate?

  1. Assuming that he does make 141 dollars a week (I'll adjust based on question answers) where would be a plausible place for this man to be living in 1968? I would prefer for him to not have room mates and to live somewhere reasonably close (by subway or by foot) to both a hospital and Central Park.

  1. The woman will be in the city in 1959 and will end up with a bookstore/coffee shop with a loft to live in. What would be a good, bohemian sort of neighbourhood for her to end up living in? I've got an idea that the Village is the best place, but any other suggestions would be much appreciated, especially since I don't know a huge amount about the city.

Terms searched:

For question 1: New Immigrant New York 1960s, Without papers in New York 1960s, finding housing in New York without papers 1960s (I ended up with a lot of results on Puerto Rican migrants and immigration history but nothing really saying where a person without papers would live and work)

For question 2: Various combinations of male/nurse/salary/1960s/New York/USA

For figuring out where the characters would live, I'm stumped. I really don't know what search terms to use. I've tried looking at street maps and reading the community backposts. I've also gone through a few issues of New York magazine. Mostly what I'm getting is that housing prices were really starting to jump around the mid-late 1960s but that doesn't help me figure out where the characters would be living.