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Pet Trusts

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Most people remember the late Leona Helmsley as the convicted tax felon famous for uttering the words “only little people pay taxes”, but she is also remembered for having a will that left a $12 million trust fund for her...more

2017 Tax Update

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The current 2017 federal exemption against estate and gift taxes is $5,490,000 per person. This includes a $40,000 increase over the 2016 federal exemption based on an inflation adjustment. Such exemption may be used during...more

Estate Tax Changes Past, Present and Future

by McGuireWoods LLP on

I. INTRODUCTION - This outline is a selective and evolving review of the history of the modern federal estate tax. It originated during the attempts to repeal the estate tax in President Clinton’s second term and...more

Podcast - Shrink the Section 457A Tax on Hedge Fund Management and Incentive Fees and Expand Your Impact

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In a recently released Ropes & Gray podcast, asset management partner Isabel Dische, tax partner Brett Robbins, and private client partner Cameron Casey discuss the effect of Section 457A on pre-2009 management and incentive...more

Families Can Use a Tax-Advantaged ABLE Account to Save for Disability Expenses

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Governor Charlie Baker recently announced the launch of a state sponsored Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) account program that has been long awaited by disabled individuals and their families. This program serves as...more

The Duty of Impartiality and Other Trustee Troubles

by Moskowitz LLP on

Trustees are accountable to both the current income beneficiaries and the remaindermen of a trust, and are often placed in the unenviable position of have to balance the interests of the two. A beneficiary may look forward to...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

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

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

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

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

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

Estate Tax Changes Past, Present and Future

by McGuireWoods LLP on

I. INTRODUCTION - This outline is a selective and evolving review of the history of the modern federal estate tax. It originated during the attempts to repeal the estate tax in President Clinton’s second term and...more

Paying The Estate Tax

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

An Unreasonable Burden? One of the reasons often given in support of the elimination of the estate tax is the economic burden it imposes upon the closely-held business; specifically, the requirement that the 40% federal...more

IRS Issues Guidance For Administration of Estate Tax Lien Discharge Requests

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

In June of 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) changed its procedure for granting discharges of estate tax liens and implemented centralized handling of applications for discharge. Historically, Specialty Examination...more

President Trump’s Tax Plan

by Butler Snow LLP on

In rounding out his first 100 days in office, President Trump released an overview of his proposed tax plan. The one page bullet point plan consists of general taxpayer relief for individuals in the form of a simplified tax...more

Planning and the Death of the Death Tax

by Bryan Cave on

On Wednesday afternoon the White House again proposed eliminating the death tax as part of its tax reform plan, but the details of the repeal remain sparse. When pressed for specifics Director Cohn simply stated that with...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

IRS Issues Guidance Regarding Estate Tax Lien Discharge Process

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

When an individual dies, an estate tax lien attaches automatically to all of the property included in the gross estate. It arises prior to tax assessment, and is not recorded....more

QDOT-ting I's and Crossing T's: Estate Tax Planning for Non-United States Citizen Spouses

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Individual and corporate citizens from countries around the world have moved to North Carolina and contributed materially to our state's economic, educational, and cultural growth. Foreign direct investment ("FDI") in North...more

Estate Planning for Families with Children Who Have Special Needs

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Estate planning for families who have children with special needs is similar to estate planning for families who do not have special needs children. From an estate tax perspective, the considerations do not differ. The key,...more

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