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Beware of conflating power of appointment doctrine and merger doctrine in the trust context

Assume a trust that was initially for the benefit of its settlor (who is now dead) has the following additional terms: All net trust-accounting income to settlor’s surviving spouse (X) for life; trustee may invade principal...more

[Event] The 2015 Accountant Liability Update, A Game of Risk: To Play or to Win? - June 25, Waltham, MA

LeClairRyan invites you to join us for a free half-day seminar The 2015 Accountant Liability Update, A Game of Risk: To Play or to Win? Predictability. Focus. Staying on Point. On a familiar playing field – you can make...more

‘Horizon scanning’: is a ‘Top-Level’ Firm Required to See Further?

This case involved allegations of professional negligence in the context of tax planning advice, and saw the application of reasonably familiar principles. Whilst these cases always depend on their facts, the decision may...more

Focus: PI Insurance – Conformity Certification – New Rules

Many undertakings operating in the professional indemnity insurance sector traditionally offer policies covering the civil liability of certified chartered accountants and bookkeepers arising from the issue of conformity...more

The fiduciary exception to the attorney-client privilege: A recent development

In a suit by the beneficiary against the trustee, is the trustee entitled to assert the attorney-client privilege against the beneficiary, or is there a fiduciary exception to the attorney-client privilege? As to...more

The confusion being engendered by the Uniform Trust Code’s default trust-revocation methodologies (§ 602(c)).

In the pre-Uniform Trust Code UTC), unless the terms of a revocable inter vivos trust provided otherwise, the trust could not have been revoked by the settlor’s will. A will speaks at the time of the testator’s death, an...more

The constructive general inter vivos power of appointment: A trap for the unwary trustee and his counsel

The constructive general inter vivos power of appointment is the product of the marriage of power of appointment doctrine and creditors’ rights doctrine. It is a topic that is taken up in §4.1.3 of Loring and Rounds: A...more

A valid Massachusetts testamentary trust may now arise under a will that was not fully executed (signed by the will witnesses)...

Massachusetts has broken new ground in allowing a will to be fully executed (signed by the will witnesses) after the death of the testator, with no time period specified. In the upcoming 2014 edition of Loring and Rounds: A...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

DOJ Revokes Some Pre-Clearances for Bank Leumi Depositors

A recent press release should send a shudder to some voluntary disclosure participants. It should frighten some tax preparers and their clients....more

Survey Results From Hawaii Society of Enrolled Agents -- Part I

The Hawaii Society of Enrolled Agents (HSEA) invited me to give a short presentation on November 16, 2012, about Circular 230 and its interaction with selected audit and collection issues. I passed out a short...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Dread of Tax Liability Does Not Trigger Duty to Defend

In Conley v. First Nat’l Ins. Co. of Am., 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 20281 (9th Cir., Sept. 27, 2012), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit considered whether a lawsuit alleging “anxiety” qualified as “bodily injury” for...more

Miccosukee Indians Sue Own Former Counsel over Tax Advice

The Miccosukee Indian tribe has severed their longtime business relationship with their former lawyer, Dexter Lehtinen and has filed a lawsuit against him for malpractice. The tribe members allege that Lehtinen gave them...more

Taxing Times: HMRC set to fine firms £3,000 for "assisting in preparation of incorrect SDLT returns"

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) has announced that it intends to start imposing the maximum penalty of £3,000 in respect of online and paper SDLT returns under section 96 of the Finance Act...more

Asset Protection FOR CPAs

One pressing area in which clients are increasingly seeking feedback from their accounting and financial advisory team is Asset Protection. Part of that stewardship is making sure that the growth and savings you are...more

Why Should I make A Voluntary Disclosure, My Money is Not in a Swiss Bank

I was asked recently, “why should I make a Voluntary Disclosure when my offshore money is not in a Swiss Bank?” This is a very important question. First, no lawyer admitted in California is going to advise a client to...more

A Privilege, not a Right - Court of Appeal refuses to extend Privilege to Accountants and non-lawyers

Michael Axe reports on the implications of the English Court of Appeal's decision that confidential communications between clients and their accountants are not protected from disclosure by Legal Professional...more

Our Tax Dollars to Study "Tort Reform" - What About Patient Safety?

Massachusetts obtained a $3 million grant to study "alternatives" to a consumer's 7th Amendment right to a jury trial when it comes medical malpractice claims. The grant is part of a U.S. Department of Health and Human...more

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