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The Role Of The White Knight In Turning Around A Distressed Cemetery Or Funeral Home

by Blank Rome LLP on

The laws of most states provide a comprehensive regulatory framework governing cemetery and funeral home operations, cemetery and funeral home trusts relating to preneed contracts and cemetery trusts relating to endowment...more

Pa. Supreme Court Upholds Trustee Replacement Rules

by Barley Snyder on

A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court case clarified the ability of the beneficiaries of a trust to remove a corporate trustee. In a highly anticipated case, the Court unanimously refused to permit the beneficiaries of an...more

Who Will Take Care of Your Pet After Your Death?

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Have you ever wondered who will take care of your pet after your death? Maryland has a pet trust law allowing owners to set aside funds for their pet’s care and to provide for a care taking system for their pet...more

If It’s Not In The Will, Does It Matter What The Testator Wants?

by Bryan Cave on

If you want someone to get your money or property when you die, why don’t you just say so? The case reporters are thick with stories of testators who left money or property to one person with the supposed ‘understanding’ or...more

Best in Law: The Pros and Cons of the No-Contest Clause - Trusts and Wills

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

No-contest clauses are generally included in trusts and wills in California in an attempt to prevent challenges to an estate plan after death. Originally published in the Press-Enterprise - July 30th, 2017....more

For Me? You Shouldn't Have! - Legal Considerations for Gifting

by Clark Hill PLC on

While usually synonymous with one's birthday or the holidays, lifetime gifts can also serve an important role in one's estate planning. In its simplest form, gifting provides for a transfer of wealth and assets from one...more

Citizenship of Aircraft Owner Trustee Establishes Federal Court Diversity Jurisdiction

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Southern District of New York has confirmed that when the trustee of a non-citizen aircraft trust brings suit in its own name, the citizenship of that trustee may be used to establish diversity jurisdiction in federal...more

New partnership audit rules can apply to partnerships, LLCs with only a few partners, members

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Effective in 2018, changes in partnership audit rules may apply the following (and other) consequences to partnerships (including LLCs taxed as such)...more

The BOE Death Trap: Avoid Property Tax Penalties on the Death of a Family Member

In many cases California’s property tax rules automatically penalize insufficiently counseled individuals who inherit interests in real estate-owning legal entities from a family member upon their death. To avoid this...more

Are Trusts Still Useful If the Estate Tax Is Repealed?

With Republicans in control of Congress and the presidency, there is talk of eliminating the federal estate tax. In 2017 the tax affects only estates over $5.49 million, meaning that for more than 99 percent of Americans,...more

Family Business Interests, Charitable Remainder Trusts and Life Insurance: Q & A with Capital Strategies Group

Bradley’s Family Owned Business team asked our friends at Capital Strategies Group, Inc. to share a case illustrating how high-net-worth families involved in family businesses are using life insurance in creative ways that go...more

Definitions in Shareholder Agreements Matter When Transferring Family-Owned Business Stock

by Murtha Cullina on

Owners of family-owned corporations often enter into shareholder agreements that spell out whether and to whom corporate shares can be transferred. Frequently, these agreements provide for rights of first refusal by the other...more

Would You Take on a Job if the IRS Had Discretion to Decide Whether You Got Paid?

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Raelinn Spiekhout was the personal representative of the estate of Deborah Scott. The estate was subject to claims of over $1.8 million dollars, including IRS claims for $591,406.05. The principal asset of the estate was real...more

Estate Planning Pitfall: You die without having drafted a will

Where there’s a will, there’s a way — a way to pass assets to heirs in the manner in which a person wants. However, if an individual dies without a will, assets will be distributed according to state law, regardless of the...more

Would a spendthrift trust help achieve your estate planning goals?

A person doesn’t have to hold onto assets until the day he or she dies with the hope that heirs will change their ways by that time. Instead, consider using a spendthrift trust that can provide protection, regardless of how...more

A 529 plan can benefit your estate plan

As summer vacations wind down and thoughts turn back to school activities, people might find themselves reviewing their finances and considering the options for funding their children’s (or grandchildren’s) college...more

An uncertain tax climate: An estate tax repeal might result in negative tax consequences for some families

It’s clear that tax reform is a high priority for the Trump administration and Republican leaders in Congress. In particular, the federal estate tax remains a prime target of some lawmakers. One possible scenario is that this...more

California Professional Fiduciaries Help Elders and Resolve Conflicts

by Downey Brand LLP on

California trust and estate disputes may be avoided or resolved with the appointment of a private professional fiduciary to act in an oversight role with respect to an elder’s care and/or finances.  In a recent post, we...more

Top Six Reasons NOT to Have an Estate Plan

Tired of bossy blogs telling you to get an estate plan? Good advice is boring. Your life is exciting and should have a dramatic ending. And you can have it. ...more

Legal Malpractice Claims Against Estate Planning Attorneys in Virginia: Post-Thorsen Legislation

by LeClairRyan on

The legal landscape in Virginia regarding claims for legal malpractice against estate planning attorneys changed significantly this past year when the Virginia General Assembly adopted legislation to address the issues raised...more

IRS Gives Surviving Spouses a Second (or Third) Bite at the Portability Apple

“Portability” is the ability of a surviving spouse to use not only his or her own estate tax exemption, but also some or all of the exemption of the first spouse to die, as long as the first spouse died in 2011 or later. ...more

Joint Accounts: Who Gets the Account Upon Your Death?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

An account that is titled in your name and that of your child “with right of survivorship” passes to your child upon your death “by operation of law.” That is, your Will does not control the disposition of this account. When...more

Wealth Management Update - July 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

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

Cash Value of Life Insurance Policy Exempt From Garnishment

by Dickinson Wright on

DC Mex Holdings LLC v Affordable Land LLC and Dale Fuller, ___ Mich. App. ___ (July 25, 2017), Case no. 332439 - Michigan’s Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion interpreting a statutory provision exempting insurance...more

Insight on Estate Planning - August/September 2017

In This Issue: - An uncertain tax climate: An estate tax repeal might result in negative tax consequences for some families - A 529 plan can benefit your estate plan - Would a spendthrift trust help achieve your...more

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