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4 Business Cases to Follow in the Supreme Court’s Spring Term

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Supreme Court of Canada’s spring term begins on April 18. This term has a lot of interesting criminal cases, but only a few that may be interesting to the business community...more

Would equity deem an enforceable irrevocable power of attorney (IPA) to be a trust rather than an agency?

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

At law and in equity the classic agency is terminable at the will of either the principal or the agent, and in any event upon the death or mental incapacity of either. The durable power of attorney is one statutory partial...more

Ron Aucutt’s “Top Ten” Estate Planning and Estate Tax Developments of 2016

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In an always-anticipated annual tradition, Ronald Aucutt, a McGuireWoods partner and co-chair of the firm’s private wealth services group, has identified the following as the top ten estate planning and estate tax...more

A Comparison of Trump and House GOP Tax Reform Proposals

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

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

by Perkins Coie on

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

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

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

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

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

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

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

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Third Quarter

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING - Category Management: What Contractors Need to Know - In December 2014, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced a new initiative called Category Management. This policy could...more

The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: The New UK Register of Persons With Significant Control

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In Depth - From 30 June 2016 all UK companies (other than most listed companies) and LLPs will need to include details of persons with significant control or influence (“PSC”) on their annual confirmation statements...more

Jarmoc and Jarmoc: A Modern-day Bleak House?

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

A family feud recently unfolded in the Connecticut probate court, a typical venue for family feuds to play out after the death of a successful business owner. That is the case especially when a contested will is produced...more

Ten Tips for a Successful Business Succession Plan

Passing along a family business can be tricky business. There are a variety of legal, tax, and emotional issues that can complicate the process. A well thought out plan made far in advance of the events requiring the plan is...more

Business Succesion Planning - March 2016

The transition of a family owned or closely-held business is an important event for families. In a prior article, we covered the issues that a business owner faces in general in preparing a succession plan. This article will...more

Succession Planning: “If I get hit by a bus tomorrow…”

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Let’s face reality. We are all going to pass on someday, so we might as well be prepared and lessen the burden for those following behind us. One of the first steps in effective succession planning is to gather in one place...more

Unusual Area Of Law For The NC Business Court: Life Estate In A Beach House

by Brooks Pierce on

When Governor McCrory appointed Judge Gregory McGuire to the Business Court, I doubt that he had any concern whether Judge McGuire had any expertise in the area of trusts and estates. After all, that area of law is not...more

Transferring the Family Business Timing is Everything

One of the most important factors to consider in any business succession plan is the timing of the transition of ownership. Whether a sale or a gift (or combination of the two), no transition should occur before the next...more

Is a Hungarian trust a clone of the Anglo-American trust, or just a type of contract?: Parsing the asset-management provisions of...

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

On March 15, 2014, the Hungarian Parliament enacted into law the New Hungarian Civil Code (NHCC). The NHCC creates out of whole cloth a civil law fiduciary asset-management vehicle (FAM) that in form and function bears some...more

Anticipated IRS Regulations May Impact Discounts On Intra-Family Transfers of Closely Held Business Interests

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: It is anticipated that Treasury will soon issue new regulations that will affect the valuation discounts applicable to intra-family transfers of interests in closely held entities. It may be advisable to review...more

Recent Cases of Interest to Fiduciaries

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In re Estate of House, 2014 Wash. App. LEXIS 3006 (Wash. Ct. App. 2014) - A release waiving any and all claims that the parties may have or may acquire, bars recovery for unknown claims existing at the time the release...more

Guide to Doing Business in New Zealand: Major Forms of Business Organisation (Updated)

MAJOR FORMS OF BUSINESS ORGANISATION - A foreign company or investor proposing to establish a business in New Zealand may choose from a number of different entities or forms of business organisation. Each of these...more

Connecticut Tax Developments 2015 - Tax Increases...Again

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Four years after enacting the largest tax increase in Connecticut history, the Connecticut General Assembly has adopted a new $40.3 billion biennial state budget that contains $1.5 billion in tax and fee increases. Few...more

Tips For Successful Succession Planning

by LeClairRyan on

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ? Abraham Lincoln - Your company is built to last. But when you are ready to step back and let go of the reins, will the next...more

Insights Newsletter - Spring 2015

In This Issue: - The Importance of Accredited Investors for Small Business Capital Formation - “All Appropriate Inquiries”: Update on the Environmental Due Diligence Standard - A Hunt for Justice Erodes...more

Buy-Sell Agreements: Good For Business and Good For Your Estate Plan

From unwanted business partners to burdensome estate taxes, the death of a business co-owner can have negative implications for surviving owners as well as for the estate of the deceased. A well drafted buy-sell agreement can...more

Tax Policy Update

by McGuireWoods LLP on

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $1.4 Trillion. The estimated total of individual income taxes the Internal Revenue Service is expecting to collect on April 15. The U.S. House of Representatives has returned from recess and is planning to...more

In California We Trust: A Sensible Expansion Of The Voluntary Disclosure Program

by Reed Smith on

Trusts administered outside California often are susceptible to not filing California income tax returns. This is because California has an atypical legal threshold for filing: trusts must file if a trustee or beneficiary...more

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