Residential Real Estate Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

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Family Vacation Home Planning

Transferring a family vacation home to the next generation without causing family strife takes serious planning. Even if the ultimate decision is to have the children own the property outright and figure out how to make it...more

"FIRPTA Reform Impacts Investment Opportunities in US Real Estate"

In recent months, much has been written to describe the reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA) contained in the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Act), which have been...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19384 - State v. Carter - SC19282 - State v. Peeler - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37262 - Dumbauld v. Dumbauld - AC37262 Concurrence -...more

Court Holds That Will Did Not Revoke Inter Vivos Trust

In Gordon v. Gordon, a man and his wife executed a revocable trust agreement and began to fund the trust. No. 11-14-00086-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 3357 (Tex. App.—Eastland March 31, 2016, no pet. history). The couple later...more

Plan Ahead to Avoid or Minimize US Estate Tax

If you are not a US resident or a US citizen and are considering buying assets in the US, there are ways to avoid or minimize US estate tax on those assets. ...more

Court Affirmed Holding That Trust Owned Real Estate And Was Entitled To Attorney’s Fees

In Courtade v. Estrada, Estrada created an inter vivos irrevocable trust and deeded real estate into the trust. No. 02-14-00295-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 3105 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth March 24, 2016, no pet. history). Two days...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC38454 - In re Daniel N. AC36701 - State v. Adams - AC36701 Dissent - State v. Adams - AC37362 - Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. v. Thompson...more

Fiduciary Alert: IRS Again Extends Time for Consistent Basis Reporting via Form 8971 until June 30, 2016

Effective March 23, 2016, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service published Notice 2016-27, once again extending, until June 30, 2016, the deadline for executors and other persons to complete and file Form 8971...more

When is a Will Not a Will? Court Determines that “Will” Was Not a Valid Will or a Valid Gift Deed and that Decedent Later Lacked...

In Lemus v. Aguilar, relatives fought over ownership of a decedent’s home. No. 04-14-00609-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 2685 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Mar. 16, 2016, no pet. h.). ...more

Estate Planning For Real Property

Often the most difficult asset for which to plan in an estate plan is non-commercial real property such as a family farm, a hunting cabin or other recreational property. This is especially true when the property makes up a...more

Consistent Basis Reporting Update: Treasury Issues Proposed Rules on Portability Returns, Final Values, and After-Discovered...

On March 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released both temporary and proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) on the consistent basis and reporting requirements between a decedent’s estate and persons...more

Molek v. Molek and Parol Partitions

Oral agreements to partition lands are tricky situations that must be dealt with carefully when analyzing the title to a piece of property. Known legally as parol partitions, these agreements often arise in the context of...more

Crowdfunding: Disclosing Both Pros and Cons?

Crowdfunding has grown tremendously in the past few years, and with the recent finalization by the Securities and Exchange Commission of its rulemaking under a 2012 law, there may be an even greater expansion of investor...more

Doctrinal Wall Blocks Unincorporated Entity from Diversity Jurisdiction

In Americold Realty Trust v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., et al. (No. 14-1382, decided 3/7/16), the Supreme Court of the United States applied its “oft-repeated rule” regarding the citizenship of unincorporated entities to a Maryland...more

Supreme Court Severely Restricts Federal-Court Access for Non-Corporate Entities, Including Certain REITs and RICs

Business trusts, statutory trusts and non-corporate real-estate investment trusts now face a significant jurisdictional barrier that will reduce their access to the federal courts, following a March 7 ruling by the U.S....more

California’s New Transfer On Death Deed

As of January 1, 2016, California allows the use of a “transfer on death” deed for real property. A TOD deed essentially allows a person to execute and record a revocable deed, which grants real property to a beneficiary...more

IRS Releases March 2016 Interest Rates

The 7520 rate for March 2016 has decreased to 1.8%... Section 1274.--Determination of Issue Price in the Case of Certain Debt Instruments Issued for Property… Rev. Rul. 2016-07 – This revenue ruling provides...more

Business Succession Planning - February 2016

The transition of a family owned or closely-held business is a significant undertaking even with the best laid plan. This article will outline the issues that should be considered by the business owner in transitioning a...more

Court Affirmed Government Seizure Of Trust Asset

In 3607 Tampico Dr. v. State, the government brought a forfeiture proceeding under Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 59.02(a) for a house owned by a trust. No. 11-13-00306-CV, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 13056 (Tex....more

Court Affirmed Judgment That A Deed By A Trustee Without Specifying The Trustee’s Capacity Transferred Trust Property

In West 17th Res. LLC v. Pawelek, children of a grantor sued the grantees, alleging that the grantor did not convey a trust’s ownership interest in the property because the grantor did not indicate her capacity as a trustee...more

Tax Considerations in Real Estate Dispositions

In a typical real estate transaction, the seller deeds the real property to the buyer. This transaction is simple and straightforward for both buyer and seller. Although it is simple, is it the best structure from a tax...more

Estate Did Not Own Real Estate Because Court Affirmed Finding Of Inter Vivos Oral Gift Of Real Estate

In the Estate of Wright, the court of appeals affirmed a trial court’s finding of an oral gift of real estate. No. 14-14-00401-CV, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 12644 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] December 15, 2015, no pet....more

Deeds to Trustees [Florida]

One statute that most Florida real estate and trust lawyers have to deal with at some time is Fla.Stats. Section 689.07(1). Let’s read it together...more

New Way to Avoid Probate on Real Property

Probate avoidance is a primary consideration for estate planners and their clients. A revocable trust is usually the vehicle of choice for making nonprobate transfers, but alternatives have always existed for personal...more

How Property Was Titled Did Not Control Disposition Of Asset

A deed transfers a lake cottage to a revocable living trust. Title to the cottage is still in the name of that trust when the grantors die. The cottage gets distributed according to the terms of that trust, right? ...more

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