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You Can’t Pick Your Facts

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Clients can pick their own attorneys but they cannot pick their own facts. A recent case decided by Master Ayvazian highlights the difficulties that unfortunate facts can present. Creditors have eight months to file a...more

Re-examining purpose clauses and Quistclose trusts

by Dentons on

In CCM Industrial Pte Ltd (in liquidation) v Chan Pui Yee [2016] SGHC 231 (CCM Industrial), the liquidators of CCM Industrial Pte Ltd (the Company) brought a claim for the recovery of certain payments (the Payments) to the...more

Why Care About Business Valuation? Part I

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

One word: “taxes.” There are so many transactions in which the tax consequences visited upon a closely-held business and its owners, and, therefore the true economic cost of the transaction, will depend upon the valuation of...more

Commercial Division Rejects Third-Party Claim as Derivative in Trusts’ Suit Concerning Upper West Side Beaux-Arts Building

Asserting a claim on behalf of a trust in the Commercial Division can be risky, as the party asserting the claim must establish that the claimed injury is independent of any injury to the trust, and that they are therefore...more

Court Held That Settlor Had Standing To Assert Extra-Contractual Misrepresentation Claims Regarding Insurance Policies He...

by Winstead PC on

In Lee v. Rogers Agency, Lee purchased three whole-life insurance policies in the 1980s where each had a face value of $1,000,000. No. 06-15-00037, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 1069 (Tex. App.—Texarkana February 8, 2017, pet. filed)....more

Paying The Estate Tax

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

An Unreasonable Burden? One of the reasons often given in support of the elimination of the estate tax is the economic burden it imposes upon the closely-held business; specifically, the requirement that the 40% federal...more

President Trump’s Tax Plan

by Butler Snow LLP on

In rounding out his first 100 days in office, President Trump released an overview of his proposed tax plan. The one page bullet point plan consists of general taxpayer relief for individuals in the form of a simplified tax...more

How to Avoid Costly Beneficiary Designation Litigation – Helpful Hints for All Benefit Plans

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When administering an employee benefits plan, it is critically important to provide clear and specific instructions as to how a participant can designate a beneficiary. A recent federal district court opinion in Florida...more

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

Recent Cases of Interest to Fiduciaries

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In the most recent installment of the McGuireWoods Fiduciary Advisory Services annual multipart series on recent fiduciary cases, developments in the law concerning various topics are examined through the following: -...more

The South Carolina Uniform Gifts to Minors Act: Past, Present and Future?

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

This blog is intended to highlight certain aspects of the South Carolina Uniform Gift to Minors Act (the “SCUGMA”), which is found in Article 5 of Chapter 5 of Title 63 (the Children’s Code) of the South Carolina Code of...more

Practical Tips Regarding Oral Contracts to Make Wills

by LeClairRyan on

This blog post is part 2 of the series on oral contracts to make wills, and this post contains several practical tips for how a person can optimize his chances of winning a claim for breach of an oral contract to make a will....more

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on Compelling Non-Signatories to Arbitrate Disputes

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on a case in which a widow and one-time named beneficiary of her husband's IRA account acquired the account assets after her husband's death, although she was not...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

Oral Contracts to Make Wills

by LeClairRyan on

The vast majority of people have no idea that Virginia law recognizes oral contracts to make a will. As a result, people often miss out on asserting a claim to an inheritance because they didn’t know that they had one to...more

Good Advice for Everyone: Ten Steps to Avoid Big Trouble

by Varnum LLP on

On both a business and individual level, there are ten easy steps you can take now to avoid big trouble later. If you address just five of these items this month, you will be half way there. Originally published in the...more

Who Cares for Your Aging Family When You Can’t? (Hint: Not Robots) [Audio]

Subscribe to the show in iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/who-cares-for-your-aging-family/id1081120870?i=1000380982871&mt=2 Like most people, I didn’t want to think about my parents getting old, getting...more

[Webinar] Fiduciary Income Tax Refresher and Update - February 7th, 12:00pm CT

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In the webinar the presenters will discuss tax-savings tools that can be used between now and March 6 when preparing 2016 returns. The presenters will provide a top-ten list of planning tips to help attendees save income tax...more

2017 California Estate and Tax Planning Newsletter

by Blank Rome LLP on

Blank Rome’s annual estate and tax planning newsletter addresses estate planning concepts and techniques that should be considered in 2017 by our clients and friends. Transfer Taxes. The major changes made in 2010 in the...more

Split Dollar Shing-a-Ling! Employing the Concepts of Inter-Generational Split Dollar in Compensatory Split Dollar Arrangements

by Gerald Nowotny on

Overview - In the last ten years, life insurance producers and their counsel have quietly transferred great fortunes with minimal gift and estate taxation using intergenerational split dollar life insurance programs....more

Estate Tax Impact of Life Insurance Required by Divorce

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Please see chart below for more information....more

Traps and pitfalls of joint ownership

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Many people believe that owning property jointly with rights of survivorship is an effective substitute for a will. The benefit of holding property as joint tenants with rights of survivorship is that such property passes to...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

Trump Administration's Tax Reform Likely

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Donald J. Trump defied the polls and much of the national media to win the US presidential election on November 8, 2016. President-elect Trump will be sworn in and will take office as the 45th president of the United States...more

South Carolina Federal Court Makes Two Rulings On Motions To Dismiss In Dispute Involving Reinsurance Trust Agreements

by Carlton Fields on

This case was previously reported by us on our blog on January 5, 2016, June 28, 2016 and July 20, 2016. For the full procedural background, we refer to the recent November 3, 2016 and November 16, 2016 decisions. In sum,...more

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