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Ad Valorem Tax Values and Equitable Distribution

In many equitable distribution cases, where the value of real estate is an issue, the parties at least in negotiations debate the relative accuracy of the ad valorem tax value (“Tax Value or Tax Values”) of the property as a...more

State and Federal Tax Law Developments Affect Same-Sex Couples and MA Residents with Out-of-State Real Estate

by Goodwin on

Recent changes in state and federal tax laws impact same-sex couples and any Massachusetts residents who own real estate in another state. Clients who may be affected by these changes should act soon to protect the...more

Whether the trust relationship should be fundamentally transmogrified into a juristic entity/person

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

In re Estate of Fournier, 902 A.2d 852 (Me. 2006) illustrates how a fundamental conversion of the trust relationship by legislation or otherwise into a juristic entity/person might well limit the trust’s practical...more

Trust Law’s Material Purpose Doctrine, the Traditional Protector of Settlor-Intent is Under Attack: The TEDRA Factor

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

In recent years, reformers of trust law have been hard at work defanging the plain meaning rule, primarily by liberalizing the doctrines of reformation and deviation. The rule is discussed generally in §8.15.6 of Loring and...more

Insight on Estate Planning - August/September 2014

In This Issue: - Unintended consequences: After divorce, review your estate plan to avoid surprises - Protecting your real estate assets - How will the GST tax affect your estate plan? - Estate...more

Next Conférence: "Les acteurs-clés des investissements immobiliers transfrontaliers"

by Cecile BARRO on

AIJA/ ABA Seminar/ Key Players in Cross-Border Real Estate Investments: La conférence réunissant des experts internationaux, "Les acteurs-clés des investissements immobiliers transfrontaliers",...more

Powers of Attorney in Florida

by Gary Kaleita on

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

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