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Burden of Proof Issues in Gift Tax Matter

A recent case illustrates 3 important burden of proof issues. The general facts of the case involved a merger of a company owned by parents with a company owned by children. The gift tax issue involved the relative value...more

Impact Investing and Private Foundations

Bryan Cave recently organized a half-day symposium examining the opportunities and legal considerations related to responsible and impact investing strategies. The Responsible and Impact Investing Symposium, held on November...more

A Comparison of Trump and House GOP Tax Reform Proposals

With Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the White House starting in 2017, the federal government is now better positioned to move forward on comprehensive tax reform, with...more

The Times They Are a-Changin’ – Potential U.S. Tax Reform Implications of the 2016 Elections

As a result of the United States federal elections on November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump is the president-elect, and the House of Representatives and Senate both will consist of Republican majorities. As a result, it is...more

UK Autumn Statement 2016: inheritance tax and business property relief | Insights | DLA Piper Global Law Firm

In the 2016 Autumn Statement, The Chancellor announced that reforms, originally proposed in Summer Budget 2015, to inheritance tax and business investment relief for non-UK domiciled individuals will come into effect from 6...more

What Proposed Tax Plans by Trump Administration and House Republicans Mean for Personal Planning

The election of Donald Trump and Republican majorities in U.S. Congress make the future of the federal transfer tax system (gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes) uncertain. President-elect Trump and...more

Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts: A Potential Win-Win for Your Assets

In this final installment in our three-part series, we discuss the planning technique known as Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts (CLATs). Like Intra-Family Loans and Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs) described in previous...more

New Year, New Tax Laws? Tax Reform Proposals Under Trump and the House “Blueprint”

On November 8, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th U.S. President. Trump is scheduled to take office on January 20, 2017, and he has announced tax reform as a top legislative item on his 100-day action plan. Given the strong...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations on Valuation Discounts for Family-Controlled Entities

IRS Proposals Threaten Valuation Discounts for Family-Controlled Entities - The Treasury Department recently published new proposed regulations ("2704(b) regulations") which, if adopted in their current form, would...more

Estate Planning for Family Businesses

Estate planning for closely held family businesses could be significantly affected by proposed regulations that have been published by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS proposed regulations and their effect on...more

The Art of Succession Planning – Thoughts on How to Start

“Succession” has been an extremely hot topic this year. For many firms, it seems succession planning is the Holy Grail, but why? Maybe it is hard to know where to start. Maybe it is hard to find the time to fit it in. Maybe...more

The Impending Death of the Stretch IRA?

It can, at times, seem like a fool’s errand to focus too closely on specific provisions contained in proposed legislation. As any casual observer of Congress can attest, committee proposals frequently die unenacted or undergo...more

The Georgia Superior Court/Probate Court Dance

No procedural or jurisdictional issues in Georgia fiduciary litigation can cause as much headache as the sometimes exclusive and sometimes concurrent jurisdiction of the superior and probate courts. The Georgia Court of...more

Trust and Estate: Family Feud — Hollywood May Call It Entertainment But It Is No Laughing Matter for Family Businesses, Part II...

INTRODUCTION - As discussed in Part One of this article, statistics show that most family-owned businesses fail after a generation or two. Specifically, only 30% of family-owned businesses survive the transition from...more

Tax Court Rules on the Transfer of Benefits and Burdens of Ownership in Tax-Deferred Exchanges

In the recently decided case of Estate of George H. Bartell v. Commissioner, 147 T.C. No. 5 (August 10, 2016), the U.S. Tax Court held that the like-kind exchange engaged in by the taxpayer’s S corporation should be respected...more

What happens to federal set-aside contracts when the owner of the government contractor passes away?

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) have multiple programs where federal contracts can be “set-aside” for companies owned by certain classifications of persons. But what happens to...more

Proposed Regs May Limit US Estate Plan

On August 2, 2016, the US Treasury issued long-awaited pro- posed regulations under Code section 2704 that make comprehensive and very significant changes to the valuation of interests in many family-controlled entities for...more

Trusts and Estates Newsletter - October 2016

Connecticut Has a New Power of Attorney Act - A financial Power of Attorney (“POA”) is a document by which an individual can grant another individual (an “agent”) authority to act on his or her behalf with respect to...more

Beyer Beware: An Examination of a Family Limited Partnership Gone Wrong

The opinion issued on Sept. 29, 2016, in the case of Estate of Edward G. Beyer v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue was the culmination of an estate planning exercise that had an unfortunate ending for everyone involved (other...more

[Webinar] Business Planning in Light of Proposed Regulations under Code § 2704 - October 27th, 12:00p.m. CT

In this webinar, Steve Gorin, the author of his quarterly newsletter, will discuss the proposed regulations under IRC § 2704 that would increase the valuation of business entities in many cases. Attendees will learn when the...more

Washington’s New Trustee Delegation Law: Allowing Fiduciaries to More Easily Keep Businesses in the Family

If you are a family business owner in Washington who wants to place control of your business in the hands of a trustee until your beneficiaries are ready to assume control, or for other reasons, a recent change in Washington...more

Time to Transfer Early Stage Investments?

New rules may stop “cheap” transfers of business interests to kids and grandkids. Proposed IRS regulations that may be effective as early as the end of 2016 are designed to severely limit use of discounts on gifts or sales...more

Using the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act for Minor Investors in EB-5 Investment Funds

The USCIS stated in a stakeholder call on July 28, 2016 that minors can be primary applicants on I-526 petitions for visas under the EB-5 Program, but bear the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that they...more

A controversy is brewing over whether a Hungarian trust is a true trust, or just a type of contract

A controversy is brewing over whether a Hungarian trust is a true trust, or just a type of contract. Istvan Illés and Charles E. Rounds, Jr. conclude that it is not and explain the rationale for their conclusion in a law...more

It's Time For Your Buy-Sell Checkup!

Shareholders, Partners and/or LLC members of any closely-held or family-held company should check the buy-sell formula contained in their Shareholder Agreement (sometimes called a Buy-Sell Agreement), Partnership Agreement or...more

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