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Your Foreclosure Hearing Just Got More Crowded

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

On August 30, 2017, an amendment to North Carolina’s foreclosure statutes took immediate effect. The amended statute, Section 45-10, concerns substitute trustees under a deed of trust. As amended, Section 45-10 now prohibits...more

Tips for Harmonious Joint Family Ownership of Vacation Properties

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

With proper planning, owning vacation property with other family members can be a pleasant and even bonding experience. The key is to determine, as early as possible, what the parties expect and desire from the property...more

REIT Implications of the New “Big Six” Tax Reform Framework

by King & Spalding on

On September 27, the Trump administration and the Republican leadership in the House and Senate released a document called the “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code” (the “Framework”), which lays out the core...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

Seattle’s New Income Tax May Affect Many More People Than Initially Thought, Including People Living Outside the City

by Stoel Rives LLP on

When Seattle passed its new income tax on July 10, many Washingtonians took note, but quickly moved on. The tax appeared to apply only to Seattle residents earning more than $250,000 for individuals or $500,000 for married...more

[Webinar] Leveraging to Attain Basis Step-Up; Income Tax Benefits of Losing an FLP Case - July 11th, 12:00pm CT

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Please join us for a webinar based on Steve Gorin's Second Quarter 2017 newsletter, Gorin's Business Succession Solutions. In this webinar the presenter will discuss that one can use debt to allow property to obtain a...more

She Did What With the Family Farm? - Top Ways to Challenge a Deed in Michigan

by Clark Hill PLC on

A deed is a legal instrument commonly used to transfer title in real property (i.e. a residence, parcel of land, or family cottage). Although deeds are typically straightforward, certain legal requirements are necessary to...more

Governor Holds Final Bill Signing Session

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

On May 4th, Governor Larry Hogan conducted his last bill signing session for the 2017 Maryland General Assembly session. Although bill numbers are listed, once signed they become law, but the corresponding chapter numbers are...more

Court Holds That Family Member Did Not Owe Fiduciary Duties To Other Family Member

by Winstead PC on

In Walker v. Walker, a son sued his father and brother regarding the ownership of a beach house. No. 14-16-00357-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 2742 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] March 30, 2017, no pet. history). ...more

Update on Domicile and Tax of Offshore Trusts

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Implementation of the 6 April 2017 tax changes applicable to non-domiciled individuals, offshore trusts and UK residential property has been delayed because of the forthcoming UK General Election on 8 June 2017. Whilst it is...more

Properly structured foreign gifts of real property property can be estate and gift tax free

by Sanford Millar on

The investment in U.S. real property by Non-residents can be structured to minimize estate and gift taxes. The key is to structure the investment through a limited liability company, limited partnership or corporation so...more

Non-Domicile Changes in the United Kingdom From April 2017 – Are You Ready?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Sweeping changes being introduced in the United Kingdom for non-domiciles (non-doms) will take effect from 6 April 2017. These changes are significant and will affect all non-doms. Our recommendation is that non-doms review...more

Did San Francisco Eliminate its Transfer Tax Exception for Certain Gifts?

It seems that San Francisco may have just partially removed its exception from transfer tax that applied to gifts, but the Office of the Assessor-Recorder may not be aware. As a bit of background, transfer tax applies to...more

Transfer On Death Accounts And Deeds vs. Living Trust

by Dickinson Wright on

A question I am often asked is, “If I have designated my various financial accounts as transfer on death (TOD), or payable on death (POD), and I have a transfer on death deed on my house, why do I need a Living Trust?” While...more

Money, Dirt and Steel: Year End 2016

by Williams Mullen on

COPIES AND AFFIDAVITS ADMISSIBLE IN POWER OF SALE FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS - In the Matter of Foreclosure by Rogers Townsend & Thomas, __ N.C. App. ___, COA15-581 (April 15, 2016), was a Non-judicial foreclosure action...more

Essay: The Inter Vivos Branch of the Worthier Title Doctrine

by GableGotwals on

Change for good reason is most appropriate. Sometimes it is superb, but change for the sake of change is usually wrong. It is regrettable and unjustifiable that an old and beneficial principle of law has been challenged as no...more

Surcharge tax hits discretionary trusts

by Dentons on

The Office of State Revenue (OSR) has released a ruling on 22 December 2016 in relation to the definition a ‘foreign person’. This is important if you hold an investment property in a discretionary trust....more

Becoming As Rich As Donald Trump: Financial and Tax Policies of the United States Government That Can Lead To Significant Wealth...

by M. Robinson & Company, P.C. on

Financial and tax policies of the United States government can help Americans achieve significant wealth through real estate ownership. These policies tend to favor taxpayers who, like the Trump family, are willing to commit...more

UK Autumn Statement 2016: inheritance tax and business property relief | Insights | DLA Piper Global Law Firm

by DLA Piper on

In the 2016 Autumn Statement, The Chancellor announced that reforms, originally proposed in Summer Budget 2015, to inheritance tax and business investment relief for non-UK domiciled individuals will come into effect from 6...more

Rule Against Perpetuities and Leases in North Carolina

Remember the Rule Against Perpetuities? Think back to your days in law school, sitting in your 1L Property class. Remember the rule against perpetuities? Remember thinking that it would never really come into play in...more

5 Things to Know to Reduce Your Tax on Capital Gains

Although it is often said that nothing is certain except death and taxes, the one tax you may be able to avoid or minimize most through planning is the tax on capital gains. Here's what you need to know to do such planning...more

Changes to the principal residence exemption

by Dentons on

On October 3, 2016, the Minister of Finance of Canada announced changes to the federal Income Tax Act that will affect the availability of the principal residence exemption to non-residents and those who hold their principal...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19586 - Harrington v. Freedom of Information Commission - The Court started off by saying..... We have not previously had occasion to squarely address..... [this]...more

Jumbo Reverse Mortgages Are Increasingly Available for High-Value Homes

Seniors with pricier homes now have an increased ability to get a jumbo reverse mortgage in order to raise cash for retirement. As the housing market has improved, jumbo reverse mortgages are becoming more popular even though...more

Estate Planning Pitfall: You’re transferring your home to your children

Frequently, parents choose to transfer ownership of a home to their adult children to remove it from their taxable estates. There are many good reasons to do this, but the road is paved with tax potholes. This brief article...more

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