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Trust Planning for Your Lake Home

Part of your family legacy takes place on the lake. Lake homes are significant investments. You have memories of family trips, of children, and maybe even grandchildren, growing up at the home. Preserving the lake home and...more

How to Protect Your Personal Treasure in a Legal Lockbox

When you are in a high-profile profession—doctor, attorney, business owner—you have a lot to lose. Being in your position, you are a high liability target for lawsuits and claims. No one wants to lose their...more

Avoid a soap opera with updated Beneficiary forms

Yes, I will admit it: I love soap operas. My favorite show of all-time is Dallas and when I was a senior in high school and I was at home around 12:30 pm, I watched in succession: Young and The Restless, Bold and The...more

Wealth Management Update - November 2015

November Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The November § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

Court Finds That Plan Administrator Should Comply With Qualified Domestic Relations Order Issued After Retirement Plan...

A recent opinion from the Second Circuit puts retirement plan administrators on notice that adjustments to benefits may be necessary to account for retroactively effective qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs). In...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 10, No. 2

Borrowing Against Art Collections - Your art collection may not be as illiquid as you think. It is possible to raise cash by borrowing against works of art. Although some banks do not offer art-secured loans because of...more

Insight on Estate Planning - August/September 2015

In This Issue: - Premarital planning: Protecting your assets without a prenup - The ABLE account: A good alternative to a special needs trust? - Make net gifts to reduce your gift tax rate - Estate Planning...more

A trust is not an agency

The trustee is not an agent of the beneficiary. The trustee's duty not to delegate the administration of the trust could well be implicated if the trustee without authority were to behave as if he were the beneficiary's...more

Does the trustee who socially invests entrusted funds breach his/her/its fiduciary duty of undivided loyalty, absent express...

On February 8, 2015, The University of California Student Association [which purports to represent all 240,000 students enrolled in the UC system’s 10 campuses] passed [9-1-5] the following resolution, which, in part, calls...more

CFPB Clarifies Heirs, Divorcees and Estate Planning Transferees Are Not Subject to Ability-to-Repay Rules

The CFPB issued an interpretive rule to clarify that when a borrower dies, the name of the borrower’s heir generally may be added to the mortgage without triggering the Bureau’s Ability-to-Repay rule. This clarification will...more

Control Is Everything

In Private Letter Ruling 201423043, (“PLRs” only apply to the taxpayer involved but are often used as “guidance”, and not “precedent”, by taxpayers and the IRS.) the IRS ruled that a surviving spouse could roll over her...more

Who Gets Your IRA? – Six Common Mistakes

Do you want your heirs to have to chase after your 401K or IRA money? It is important to make sure you have an up-to-date beneficiary form. On January 26, 2009, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled in the case of...more

2014 Tax Update Letter

Dear Clients and Colleagues, This letter is an update on the most recent gift and estate tax developments, including new provisions applicable to same-sex couples, and presents our current thinking regarding wealth...more

Wealth Management Update - October 2013

The October § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and GRATs is 2.4%. This is up from September's 2.0% rate. The applicable federal rate ("AFR") for use with a sale to a defective...more

The Post-DOMA World Relating to ERISA-Governed Employee Benefit Plans

As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013), in which the Court held that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) was unconstitutional, same-sex...more

IRS Defends $2 Billion Tax Dispute with Bill Davidson’s Estate

IRS Defends $2 Billion Tax Dispute with Bill Davidson’s Estate by Frank L. Brunetti on September 9, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service is not backing down on a tax dispute claiming that the estate of the late Piston's...more

Recent Developments in Tax Related Matters

June and July, 2013 have born a number of new developments relating to tax related matters. This article is designed to provide a synopsis of those that might be of interest to PK Law readers...more

First Post-Windsor ERISA Decision

In the first reported ERISA decision post-Windsor, the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held (in Cozen O’Connor, P.C. v. Jennifer Tobits) that a same-sex spouse is to be treated as the decedent’s...more

Old Doctrine Misunderstood, New Doctrine Misconceived: Deconstructing the Newly-Minted Restatement (Third) of Property’s Power of...

Old Doctrine Misunderstood, New Doctrine Misconceived: Deconstructing the Newly-Minted Restatement (Third) of Property’s Power of Appointment Sections In was in the course of preparing the 2013 edition of Loring and...more

January 2013 HNW Case Study

Chris is 68 and Beth is 59. Chris has recently just retired from an executive position in a public company. They have always led a relatively simple and conservative lifestyle and as a result have built up a very significant,...more

Insight on Estate Planning - Year End 2012

In This Issue: - The spousal lifetime access trust: A safety net in uncertain times - Be prepared for a triggering event: If you own interests in a closely held business, consider a buy-sell agreement - Is your...more

December 2012 HNW Case Study

James is 64, and a few years ago started up a Consulting Company (Consulting Corp) with his business partner Dave. They have acquired some lucrative contracts over the last couple of years, and after spending frugally his...more

November 2012 HNW Case Study

Tom is 83 and Jane is 76. They have two children who are both well employed and live productive and happy lives. Tom was an attorney who headed a large patent firm in Washington DC. Jane served as an expert in international...more

High Net Worth Advanced Planning Case Study

Ben and Sara are 55 and 54 respectively. They own and operate a very profitable well drilling and maintenance business. These growing annual profits have allowed them to continue purchasing significant oil and gas rights and...more

Wealth Management Update -- September 2011

IN THIS ISSUE: - IRS issues Notice 2011-76 Modifying Filing Due Date for Form 8939 and Automatic Extension Rule for Form 706 for Decedents Dying in 2010 - September Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective...more

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