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The Donald Sterling Case Provides Valuable Trustee Incapacity Insights - Establishing the Most Effective Instruments to Evaluate...

The ideal individual trustee has a wide variety of real world experience and judgment that can only be acquired over decades. Thus, many trustees are middle-aged or older at the start of their tenure. While some people remain...more

Charitable Planning with S Corporation Stock—Making It Work

Since 1998, charities have been able to own S corporation stock (“S stock”). However, the ownership of S stock by an exempt organization may result in either an unexpected tax burden or a liability rather than an asset for...more

Is a quiet (silent) trust illusory?

Is a quiet or silent trust illusory? The question is intentionally ambiguous. Is the question whether the trust itself is illusory, or just its quietness? A quiet or silent trust has been defined as “an irrevocable trust...more

Interaction fo Trustee Indemnities and Liability Insurance

When a trustee is sued for breach of trust and claims against his professional indemnity insurers, questions often arise as to the extent to which the trustee must first pursue any other rights of indemnity (for example...more

Practical Issues in Pension Fund Investing – Execution of Subscription Agreements

There is a famous phrase which is particularly apt in the area of pension fund investing – “the devil is in the details”. This is the first in a series on practical issues that arise in connection with investments by Canadian...more

LLC Preferred Interest Qualifies For Marital Deduction

In a recent private letter ruling, the question was raised whether an LLC interest that received a preferred return with additional LLC cash flow going to other common interests could qualify for the marital deduction if...more

Why infect the law of trusts with good faith doctrine?

The law’s good faith principle has traditionally regulated legal relationships, such as the contractual relationship. Equity’s more intense fiduciary principle has generally regulated equitable relationships, such as the...more

The charitable corporation: A trust in disguise?

The charitable trust can have certain practical advantages over the charitable corporation, at least in some quarters and under certain circumstances. Operational simplicity and low-cost maintenance are some of the pluses....more

Michigan State Tax Commission Issues Clarification On New Uncapping Statute

As discussed previously on our blog, on December 14, 2012, the Michigan legislature enacted a law, Public Act 497 of 2012 (HR 4753), to prevent the uncapping of property taxes on certain transfers of residential property...more

Buying a house from a non-human entity or the dead

The tale behind a real estate transaction usually follows the same pattern: a potential buyer approaches a seller after viewing the advertised property, negotiations commence and the parties arrive at a meeting of the minds...more

Some Valuation Observations Relating To LLC Interests

A recent Tax Court case addressed some interesting issues relating to the estate tax value of an LLC interest. Below is a summary of these issues....more

Dynasty Trusts – Food For Thought

A regular part of planning for high net worth families are dynasty trusts – long term multi-generational trusts that are exempt from generation skipping tax. The trusts are more attractive than ever, with expanded generation...more

Family Battle Royale: Lessons Learned from the Rollins Trust Dispute Case

Rollins v. Rollins, a recent breach of trust and fiduciary duty case, addressed interesting issues at the appellate level regarding the dilemma that can ensue when two older family members are selected as trustees of a trust...more

Pennsylvania Tax Updates

Inheritance Tax Exemption for Small Businesses - Pennsylvania recently passed 72 P.S. § 9111(t), specifically aimed at eliminating the Pennsylvania inheritance tax on small family-owned businesses. The Pennsylvania...more

Report From Counsel: Insights and Developments in the Law - Fall 2013

In this Issue: - Limited Liability Companies — The Best of All Worlds? - Employees Are Responsible for Beneficiary Designations - Protect Your Plastic - HOA Can Regulate Common Area -...more

DID YOU KNOW? News You Need Now From Perkins Coie's Family Office Services Group

Welcome to the Family Office Services Group's new update series "Did You Know?" It is an easy-to-read, timely and brief focus on legal issues and developments facing you and Family Offices throughout the year. ...more

Succession planning for your shares in a BVI company

Death and taxes, despite our best laid plans, are still with us. While trying to legally reduce your tax liability has become politically unacceptable and unfortunately, there is still not much we can do about death, there...more

Insight on Estate Planning - October/November 2013: Using an FLP or LLC? Beware the step transaction doctrine

Either a family limited partnership (FLP) or a limited liability company (LLC) can allow the transfer of a significant amount of wealth to the next generation at a discounted value for gift tax purposes. But if the IRS...more

Insight on Estate Planning - October/November 2013

In This Issue: - To preserve your wealth, consider a DAPT - Estate planning for same-sex spouses: What the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling means - Using an FLP or LLC? Beware the step transaction...more

Atari Files Reorganization Plan to Exit Bankruptcy

Atari Files Reorganization Plan to Exit Bankruptcy by Joel R. Glucksman on October 4, 2013 Video-game maker Atari, Inc. has filed a reorganization plan in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan with the support of its...more

The Power of Insurance Trusts to Maintain Family Business Assets and Sanity

Life insurance and irrevocable trusts are great tools to ease family business succession issues and mitigate exposure to shareholder oppression and disputes. Irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILIT), in particular, play an...more

Joint And POD Accounts: Weapon of Choice Of Transferees When Exerting Undue Influence?

Joint And POD Accounts: Weapon of Choice Of Transferees When Exerting Undue Influence? by James F. McDonough, Jr. on October 1, 2013 Will contests alleging undue influence are not uncommon. A will was, for many years,...more

Employer Wins Bankruptcy Discharge of Withdrawal Liability

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that employers may discharge multiemployer trust withdrawal liability in bankruptcy. Employers required to contribute to multi-employer pension trusts face growing withdrawal...more

Real Estate Tip – Uniform Statutory Trust Entity Act: Citizenship vs. State

Trusts can be a good choice for real estate ownership. Delaware, Connecticut and states that have adopted the Uniform Statutory Trust Entity Act allow “statutory trusts” and some “business trusts” to own real estate in their...more

Charitable Lead Trusts With Private Foundation Lead Beneficiary

Transfers to charitable lead trusts during lifetime can provide tax benefits to the donor, and can avoid inclusion of the transferred property in the gross estate of the donor for federal estate tax purposes at death....more

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