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Projected Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions for 2018 – How Much Can You Transfer?

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The Consumer Price Index was released by the Labor Department in August 2017. Not everyone anxiously awaits the release of these numbers but the experts have now made estimates of how they will impact estate, gift, and...more

IRS Issues Proposed Guidance on the Definition of Registered Form

by Dentons on

On September 15, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations (REG-125374-16) amending the definition of obligations that are in registered form to take into account current market practices and...more

Guardianship, Mental Incapacity and the Right to Vote

All U.S. citizens have a federally guaranteed right to vote, but those under guardianship (or conservatorship) may not have that right. Although things are slowly changing, some states still deny citizens the right to vote if...more

Section 7C

by Hogan Lovells on

Raising the red flag on low interest and interest free loans to trusts - Over the years, trusts have consistently proved to be a reliable and attractive vehicle for many, offering flexibility and benefits with regard to...more

[Webinar] Issues and Recent Developments in Art Law - October 5th, 11:00am ET

by Locke Lord LLP on

Please join Christie's and the Locke Lord LLP Art Law Group for an overview of the art market and key legal issues....more

Can the Beneficiary of a Special Needs Trust Change the Trustee?

The beneficiary of a special needs trust can never control or access trust funds – that is the job of the trustee. A common fear among beneficiaries or their families is that the trustee may not do what’s in the beneficiary’s...more

Durable General Powers of Attorney

Durable General Powers of Attorney (“DGPOAs”) are fundamental estate plan documents used to allow a person (the “Principal”) to appoint another person (the “Agent”) to exercise certain powers on behalf of the Principal...more

Estate Tax Portability – Not So Fast My Friend

by Dickinson Wright on

Many of you have heard of the new Federal estate tax “portability” rule that allows a surviving spouse to effectively inherit any unused federal estate tax exemption of a predeceased spouse. An individual can only use the...more

Audit of Predeceased Spouse Permitted for Purposes of DSUE Adjustment for Surviving Spouse’s Estate

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

A husband died in 2012, and his estate filed a gift tax return to report a deceased spousal unused exclusion (DSUE) and elected portability. The IRS sent a letter to husband’s estate accepting the estate tax return as filed....more

Hurricanes, Displacement And The Effect On Domicile

by Murtha Cullina on

In the span of three weeks, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma descended upon the southern United States causing mass evacuations, heroic rescues, and catastrophic damage, particularly in Texas and in Florida. As a result, many...more

Edith Windsor: Saying Farewell to a Brave Woman

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In law school, I wrote papers on the tax consequences of death and divorce for same-sex married couples. The conclusions I drew in those academic exercises included advising same-sex married couples to plan for tragedy well...more

Governor Christie Signs Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act into Law

by Genova Burns LLC on

On September 13, 2017, Governor Chris Christie signed into law New Jersey Assembly Bill A-3433, otherwise known as the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (“UFADAA”). The Act becomes effective ninety days after the...more

2017/2018 Estate And Gift Tax Update

by Cole Schotz on

Experts have started to calculate the inflation adjustments to key estate and gift exemption amounts for 2018. Note that these are not the official figures to be released by the IRS, but should be used as a guide. The IRS...more

Do I Need An Estate Plan?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

• Do you care who will receive your assets upon your death? • Do you have a minor child or children and want to have a say in who takes care of them if something happens to you? • Do you care who will take care of you...more

What the Governor’s Race Could Mean for the New Jersey Estate Tax

by Genova Burns LLC on

New Jersey is one of two states that impose both an inheritance tax and a State estate tax upon death (Maryland is the other state). According to a bill signed into law by Governor Chris Christie in October 2016, the estate...more

Finally, Confirmation that Finality and Protections are Available to Trustees Under the Ohio Trust Code  

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Years after the initial enactment of the Ohio Trust Code and articles published in this journal the Tenth District Ohio Court of Appeals in Zook, et al. v. JP Morgan Chase Bank National Association, et al., 10th Dist. No....more

Chris Lazarini Examines Unconscionability Claims in Arbitration Clause

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which a plaintiff filed a breach of fiduciary duty claim in federal court and opposed defendants' efforts to move the claims to arbitration. The plaintiff claimed...more

A not so special leave – Mercanti v Mercanti [2017] HCA 1

by Dentons on

The High Court has recently dismissed an application for special leave to appeal the Western Australian Court of Appeal’s decision in Mercanti v Mercanti [2016] WASCA 206, in respect of a case involving amendments to a family...more

Some Important Factors To Consider Before Creating A Special Needs Trust

by Cole Schotz on

A Third-Party Special Needs Trust (also referred to as a “Supplemental Needs Trust”) allows parents or other relatives of a special needs beneficiary to dedicate assets to the beneficiary by gift or inheritance without...more

Every Day is Bitcoin Pizza Day: What Clients and Estate Planners Need to Know about Virtual Currency

by Murtha Cullina on

The combined value of all of the 867 crypto currencies tracked by CoinMarketCap.com is presently over $161 billion. Only seven years ago, on what is commemorated as “Bitcoin Pizza Day,” Bitcoin, then a new crypto currency,...more

The North Carolina Uniform Power of Attorney Act: A Practical Introduction for Real Estate Practitioners

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Can we all agree that dealing with a power of attorney in North Carolina has long been, at best, a frustrating experience? Well, help is on the way! On July 20, 2017, Governor Cooper signed Senate Bill 569, "An Act to Adopt...more

Court Affirms Summary Judgment In Will Contest Where There Was No Evidence Of Undue Influence

by Winstead PC on

In Estate of Frye, parties filed an application to set aside an order probating a will due to an allegation of undue influence. No. 07-16-00398-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 6992 (Tex. App.—Amarillo July 26, 2017, no pet....more

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s Sibling Lawyer!

by Downey Brand LLP on

I’m a sibling lawyer. My career started early, as a middle child, and now continues as a Sacramento-based trust and estate litigation attorney. Most of my clients are grappling with sisters or brothers over the care and...more

Wealth Management Update - September 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

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

Should Automobiles Be Transferred To A Trust?

by Dickinson Wright on

One of the questions I am often asked by clients is, “Should I transfer my automobiles to my revocable living trust?” I generally advise clients not to transfer their automobiles to their revocable living trust. The primary...more

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