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Tennessee Is Protecting Grandma with New Legislation

Tennessee is protecting Grandma! Two pieces of legislation were approved this year: the Elder and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act, which is on its way to Gov. Haslam to be signed into law, and the Elderly and Vulnerable Adult...more

Why You Should Create A Will: What's Stopping You?

Having a will is imperative to ensure that your money and belongings are distributed according to your wishes after your death. Wills can distribute property, name an executor and guardians for children, forgive debts and...more

Trust Decanting Disputes

by LeClairRyan on

As trust decanting becomes increasingly popular, we can expect to see more disputes and litigation regarding trust decanting. This blog post examines some of the main issues that will likely arise in those disputes....more

Guidelines for Making Prudent Investment Decisions

by Moskowitz LLP on

When the creator of a trust is living, they can manage their trust and invest it however they wish. When a named trustee assumes control of a trust, however, they have a number of investment obligations and duties. A...more

Role of the Trustee

by Moskowitz LLP on

When Edna Sue Pate was appointed trustee of her 10 year-old grandson’s $100,000 college fund in 2003, it is unlikely that her relatives knew about her gambling addiction. Or perhaps they thought that her grandmotherly...more

Tackling Tax Reform – Part IV: What Can We Expect To See

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On April 11, 2017, we discussed what constitutes Tax Reform. On April 24, 2017, we explored the process by which Tax Reform will likely be created by lawmakers. In our May 3, 2017 blog post, we focused on the likely timing...more

More on Transfer Tax Issues Post Windsor and the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage

by Bryan Cave on

In a recent Notice, the Internal Revenue Service set forth some administrative procedures helping taxpayers recalculate gift and generation-skipping transfer tax exemption with respect to gifts and bequests made to or for the...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - May 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Fee Splitting – Enforcement of Undisclosed Agreements – Need for Specificity - Marin v. Constitution Realty, LLC, 2017 N.Y. Slip. Op. 01019, 2017 WL 521504 - Risk Management Issue: Is an attorney fee-splitting agreement...more

A Guide To: Challenging Beneficiary Designations in Michigan

by Clark Hill PLC on

Most individuals own assets that will pass upon the death of that individual pursuant to a beneficiary designation. In fact, in many instances, these types of assets make up a large portion of an individual's net worth....more

Presenting Creditor Claims Against Estates After Ohio Supreme Court’sDecision in Wilson v. Lawrence

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The Ohio Supreme Court provided more guidance regarding how creditors present their claims against estates with its ruling in Wilson v. Lawrence, Case Nos. 2015-2081, 2016-0180, 2017-Ohio-1410....more

Re-examining purpose clauses and Quistclose trusts

by Dentons on

In CCM Industrial Pte Ltd (in liquidation) v Chan Pui Yee [2016] SGHC 231 (CCM Industrial), the liquidators of CCM Industrial Pte Ltd (the Company) brought a claim for the recovery of certain payments (the Payments) to the...more

Are You Considering A Revocable Living Trust?

The revocable living trust is often advertised as a “must have” part of your estate plan. While a revocable living trust may be useful in some situations, it is not an estate planning cure all. The following are issues to...more

Succession Planning—Bet the Farm on It

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Despite recent trends toward consolidation in the agricultural industry, farming generally remains a family affair. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 97 percent of all farms in the United States are...more

Basis In Inherited Property

A beneficiary of an estate will often receive property other than cash as a part of an inheritance. It is common for the beneficiary to be unfamiliar with the circumstances under which the decedent obtained the property or...more

Why Care About Business Valuation? Part I

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

One word: “taxes.” There are so many transactions in which the tax consequences visited upon a closely-held business and its owners, and, therefore the true economic cost of the transaction, will depend upon the valuation of...more

PA ABLE Accounts and How They Differ From Supplemental Needs Trusts

Pennsylvania now has an ABLE account program created by the Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act. The ABLE program allows for a different type of planning to provide for the supplemental needs of...more

Commercial Division Rejects Third-Party Claim as Derivative in Trusts’ Suit Concerning Upper West Side Beaux-Arts Building

Asserting a claim on behalf of a trust in the Commercial Division can be risky, as the party asserting the claim must establish that the claimed injury is independent of any injury to the trust, and that they are therefore...more

Digital Assets Bill Signed by Governor Branstad

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Governor Branstad signed Senate File 333, the Iowa Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, on April 20. This bill is an important tool in estate planning and trust and estate administration....more

Florida Wills go Electronic

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

A bill has cleared both Houses of the Florida legislature authorizing electronic wills and electronic will execution in Florida. Absent an unexpected veto by Gov. Scott, the last wills of testators may now precede them into...more

Florida’s Fiduciary Lawyer-Client Privilege is on the Books, But is it Good Law?

In 2011, Florida’s legislature enacted section 90.5021, Fla. Stat., which provides for application of the lawyer-client privilege – even when the client is a fiduciary....more

Court Held That Settlor Had Standing To Assert Extra-Contractual Misrepresentation Claims Regarding Insurance Policies He...

by Winstead PC on

In Lee v. Rogers Agency, Lee purchased three whole-life insurance policies in the 1980s where each had a face value of $1,000,000. No. 06-15-00037, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 1069 (Tex. App.—Texarkana February 8, 2017, pet. filed)....more

Ohio’s New Laws Governing the Management of Digital Property After Death

by Reminger Co., LPA on

When Ohio House Bill 432 and Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2137 became effective on April 4, 2017, estate fiduciaries were given new tools for managing a decedent’s digital property....more

The Evolving Blueprint for Tax Reform: Candidate Trump vs. President Trump

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On April 26, 2017, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, presented the blue print for President Trump’s tax reform proposal (referred to as the “2017 Tax Reform for Economic...more

Wealth Management Update - May 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

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

Recent Cases of Interest to Fiduciaries

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Kroll v. New York State Dept. of Health, 39 N.Y.S.3d 183 (Oct. 5, 2016); see also In re Kroll, 971 N.Y.S.2d 863, 865 (Sur. Ct. 2013) - Court approves “decanting” of a trust to effectively remove a beneficiary’s future...more

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