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In Frank Aragona Trust, Tax Court Holds that Trustees’ Activities as Employees Count for Purposes of Material Participation Under...

The issue of whether a trust has passive or non-passive income from its investment in a pass-through entity has taken on increased importance in light of the tax imposed on net investment income under Code Section 1411 of the...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

What Right Does an Estate Trustee Have To Sell Real Estate?

Taking on the role of estate trustee can involve many challenges, both legally and otherwise. Being an estate trustee where the deceased assets include real estate can carry with it additional challenges which must be...more

What’s The Best Way To Pass On A Restaurant At Death?

Most restaurant owners want to provide for their families when they die and protect their assets from liability. However, there are issues if the owner just conveys the real estate in a Will. ...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

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

Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act

The Virginia legislature recently passed the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act. The Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act allows real property to be treated in a similar fashion as bank accounts, stock...more

Treasury Releases Additional Guidance on Employer Mandate

Treasury Releases Additional Guidance on Employer Mandate by Gary S. Young on September 18, 2013 The deadline for Employers to comply with the “Employer Mandate” provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care...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

New York Appellate Division Summaries; Real Estate.

Deed/Acknowledgment Trumps Parties Clause/Intent of Grantor: Owner, an individual, transferred property..... POA/Conveyance by Agent to Self/Will/Executor vs. Agent/Bank of America/Encumbrancer for Value/Deed Set Aside:...more

Key Questions to Ask During Business Succession Planning

Key Questions to Ask During Business Succession Planning by Frank L. Brunetti on August 30, 2013 Succession planning is an essential component to business continuity, a smooth transition, and effective estate and tax...more

Bezos May Have Trouble Securing Tax Benefits With WaPo

Bezos May Have Trouble Securing Tax Benefits With WaPo by Frank L. Brunetti on August 21, 2013 Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos turned some heads when the billionaire decided to purchase the Washington...more

American Airlines Nears Bankruptcy Exit, Merger

American Airlines Nears Bankruptcy Exit, Merger by Joel R. Glucksman on August 15, 2013 American Airlines parent AMR Corporation is gearing up to make its formal exit from bankruptcy proceedings, and to enter into a...more

Endicott Interconnect Technologies Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

Endicott Interconnect Technologies Seeks Bankruptcy Protection by Joel R. Glucksman on August 2, 2013 Endicott Interconnect Technologies has filed for bankruptcy protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Utica, and...more

SEC Approves Advertised Rule 506 Offerings

Final regulations allowing advertised Rule 506 offerings. ...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

Bureau of Indian Affairs Proposes Regulations in Light of Patchak

Last year’s decisive (8-1) decision by the United States Supreme Court in Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak, 132 S. Ct. 2199 (2012) (“Patchak”) appeared to be a major blow to tribal gaming and...more

Case Law Shorts

This post: NY Second Dept. Will/"interests in property"/Notes secured by mortgages/Personal Property NY Second Dept. Foreclosure/Deficiency Judgment/Burden of Proof/Appraiser Affidavit...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

Oil And Gas Law Insight: With Oil Reserves Estimate Doubled In Williston Basin, Opportunities For Growth Abound

The U.S. Geological Survey has doubled its previous estimate of the amount of recoverable oil within the Williston Basin to 7.4 billion barrels. While the Bakken formation is still a star in the play, the potential of the...more

Personal Use Of Corporate Property In A USRPI Holding Company Structure

To insulate the ultimate individual owners from U.S. estate taxes, nonresident aliens often hold U.S. real property in a U.S. corporation, which corporation is owned by a foreign corporation. The foreign corporation is owned...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

Using the Reg. S Exemption for Foreign Investors

Using Reg. S is useful when the issuer does not want to be limited by the restrictions of Rule 506. With a Rule 506 offering all investors must be either accredited or sophisticated, and there is a limit of 35 non-accredited...more

Using Finders to Locate Investors – Bruce E. Methven

A number of years ago the SEC effectively banned the use of finders to locate investors for securities offerings that cross state lines. Still, a few states allow finders for their intrastate offerings (offerings made...more

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