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When the Wall of Secrecy Collapses

Foreign Accounts, Shell Companies, Blind Trusts, Asset Protection Trusts, Offshore Trusts, Global Citizenship and US Residency are just a few of the Terms highlighted in the mega divorce proceedings of a Palm Beach County...more

Wealth Management Update - February 2017

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

Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q4

The Volcker Rule Under the Trump Administration - The so-called Volcker Rule—named after Paul Volcker, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board—was part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

Money, Dirt and Steel: Year End 2016

COPIES AND AFFIDAVITS ADMISSIBLE IN POWER OF SALE FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS - In the Matter of Foreclosure by Rogers Townsend & Thomas, __ N.C. App. ___, COA15-581 (April 15, 2016), was a Non-judicial foreclosure action...more

NAIC Report: 2016 Fall National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its 2016 Fall National Meeting December 10-13. Despite the glitzy setting at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, there were no splashy new developments—save...more

Wealth Management Update - December 2016

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

For high net worth individuals - What can you do before the end of the year to protect against potential changes in the tax laws? ...

President-elect Trump has posted his tax proposals on his website. Although we are unable to say with certainty whether any of these proposals will be enacted, we address three of his proposals and our suggestions. Any of...more

Update On Proposed Tax Regulations Affecting Availability of Valuation Discounts to Family Business Owners

In September, we posted a blog discussing the Treasury Department’s issuance of proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code (sometimes referred to as the 2704 proposed regulations) that could...more

2016 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In 2016, we continued to experience a period of relative stability in our federal transfer tax system and have been able to plan without expecting imminent significant changes to the system. Under the American Taxpayer Relief...more

Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act Finalized for State Enactment—Legislative Drafting Notes and Interpretative Comments Added ...

The fourth iteration of a uniform unclaimed property act—entitled the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (RUUPA or Act)—has been finalized by the Uniform Law Commission for state enactment. The new Prefatory Note,...more

States Pass "Digital Assets" Legislation

Financial transactions are increasingly occurring online. Many of us pay bills electronically, or have them automatically charged to credit cards or debited from checking accounts. Many of us also receive asset and credit...more

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too? “Zeroed Out” Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts

With IRS-prescribed interest rates at historic lows and much like Intra-Family Loans described in a previous blog, a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT) presents an excellent opportunity to transfer wealth to lower...more

Looking over the edge of the Cliff - The Use of Pooled Income Funds to Reduce the Taxation of Offshore Repatriated Carried...

The addition of IRC Sec 457A effectively ended the ability of investment managers to defer the tax recognition of the carried interest in the investment manager’s offshore fund. Under IRC Sec 457A, hedge fund managers must...more

Make Your Charity Great Again; Double-Check Your Compliance With State Registration Laws

Earlier this month, the New York Attorney General’s office ordered Donald Trump’s foundation to immediately stop soliciting charitable donations in the state. The attorney general also demanded that the Trump Foundation...more

Trusts and Estates Newsletter - October 2016

Connecticut Has a New Power of Attorney Act - A financial Power of Attorney (“POA”) is a document by which an individual can grant another individual (an “agent”) authority to act on his or her behalf with respect to...more

Choosing an Investment Adviser for a Special Needs Trust

Trustees of special needs trusts have a duty to properly manage the funds in their care. However, most trustees, especially non-professional ones, are not sophisticated investors and they should not be directly managing the...more

Pennsylvania Statute Amended to Exclude Powers of Attorney in Loan Documents and Commercial Transactions from Acknowledgment and...

Pennsylvania’s power of attorney law was amended on October 4, 2016 to provide exceptions for certain powers of attorney commonly used in commercial and loan transactions from certain provisions of the law. On July 2,...more

Recent Tax Court Case Rules on Treatment of Madoff Account

In a recent Tax Court decision, Harry H. Falk, and Steven P. Heller, Co-Executors, v. Commissioner of the Internal Revenue, the United States Tax Court ruled that in the case of the Madoff Ponzi scheme, an estate which paid...more

Using the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act for Minor Investors in EB-5 Investment Funds

The USCIS stated in a stakeholder call on July 28, 2016 that minors can be primary applicants on I-526 petitions for visas under the EB-5 Program, but bear the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that they...more

A controversy is brewing over whether a Hungarian trust is a true trust, or just a type of contract

A controversy is brewing over whether a Hungarian trust is a true trust, or just a type of contract. Istvan Illés and Charles E. Rounds, Jr. conclude that it is not and explain the rationale for their conclusion in a law...more

Wealth Management Update - October 2016

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

Jointly-Owned Property: Not Always the Right Plan

For any number of reasons, you have decided to add a partner, child, or close friend as a joint owner on one or more of your assets. Perhaps you are concerned about becoming disabled, and want to know that your loved one can...more

Understanding the Tax Consequences of Inheriting a Roth IRA

Passing down a Roth IRA can seem like a good idea, but it doesn't always make the most sense. Before converting a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA to benefit your heirs, you should consider the tax...more

Jumbo Reverse Mortgages Are Increasingly Available for High-Value Homes

Seniors with pricier homes now have an increased ability to get a jumbo reverse mortgage in order to raise cash for retirement. As the housing market has improved, jumbo reverse mortgages are becoming more popular even though...more

Intra-Family Loans: An Estate Planning Strategy in a Low-Interest Rate Environment

In the current economic environment, IRS-prescribed monthly interest rates for certain intra-family transactions are at historic lows. As a result, an excellent opportunity exists to transfer wealth to lower generation family...more

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