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This is Why You Need a Will

Let’s talk title disputes, especially ones between those with record title and those claiming title by possession: - They are complicated (There were 229 defendants in today’s case) - They happen when there is a lot...more

Frank Aragona Trust: A Taxpayer Win

In a case of first impression, Frank Aragona Trust v. Commissioner, 142 T.C. No. 9 (Mar. 27, 2014), the Tax Court held that a trust could materially participate in a trade or business based upon the activities of the...more

Some Practical Risk Management Steps for Any Land Trust

I. Perpetual Calendar—Make Sure You Have Time for Reasoned Decisions—Stop trying to remember so much, reduce your stress, and avoid the risk of missing an important date. Every item that you can record onto a perpetual...more

Yours, Mine or Ours? Morgan Clarifies Surface Versus Mineral Ownership in W.Va.

On June 13, 2013, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals (WVSCA) issued its decision in Faith United Methodist Church & Cemetery of Terra Alta, et al. v. Morgan, No. 12-0080, setting forth a clear definition of the term...more

BIA Proposes To Eliminate The Trust Land Acquisition Waiting Period

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that, if adopted, will substantially alter the rights of those who would challenge a decision by the BIA to acquire land in trust for an...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 8, No. 2 -- May 2013

President’s fiscal year 2014 budget contains numerous tax provisions - President Barack Obama released his proposed budget for the government’s fiscal year 2014 on April 10, 2013, and, not surprisingly, the budget...more

Watch For Excess Proceeds Following A Trustee Sale

Believe it or not, Arizona land owners are seeing a change in the real estate landscape, perhaps only a slight change, but a change nonetheless. While Arizona law has not changed, marketplace improvement has triggered the...more

Court Limits a 'Self-Settling Trust or Similar Device' to an Express Trust

In In re Porco Inc., the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois in a March 30 opinion addressed an issue of apparent first impression: whether a resulting or constructive trust is a "self-settling trust or...more

Other Recent PA Tax Developments

Philadelphia Hotel Tax The Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County has upheld the Philadelphia Tax Review Board’s ruling that Expedia, an online vendor of discount hotel rooms, is not an “operator” of a hotel, and is...more

The Strong Firm - Strong Points Newsletter

In this edition: Latest News: The latest in activities of the firm in the news and our community. Commercial Development Remains Strong in the Woodlands: The Woodlands area continues to defy the odds as commercial...more

Powers of Attorney in Florida

Discusses the basics of the types and uses of Powers of Attorney in Florida...more

Vietnam Update - Residential Housing Development Decree

Please find below the recent Client Alert on the 'Residential Housing Development Decree'...more

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