Read Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning updates, articles, and legal commentary from leading lawyers and law firms:
The Greatest Gift: Your Individual + Family Estate Plan
The 2010 Tax Relief Act and your estate plan
Are your estate planning documents protecting your assets?
Same-Sex Marriage Cases in 90 Seconds
Should you Opt-Out of the Voluntary Disclosure Program?
Death and Foreign Asset Disclosure. What you don't know can cost you…a lot
Safeguard Your MVA: Devising a Business Succession Plan that will Preserve your Most Valuable Asset
Divorce can be costly, especially when it reveals undisclosed foreign assets.
Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts, & Power of Attorney in Arizona - Putting Family First
Foreign Asset Disclosure Program
The U.S. Bankruptcy Code provides that a personal debt is not dischargeable if the debt had been occasioned by the debtor’s defalcation while acting in a fiduciary capacity. Courts of appeals had long disagreed about the...more
No action will be taken against creditworthy companies or small pension plans; no financial guarantees will be required for approximately 92% of applicable employer-plan sponsors.
On November 2, the Pension Benefit...more
At the Canadian Tax Foundation’s recent Ontario Tax Conference (October 29-30), the Canada Revenue Agency provided an update on its current audit priorities and activities as part of the conference’s “Tax Administration...more
Two U.S. Supreme Court cases long ago confirmed that Social Security is an unfunded federal welfare program. One writer at the Wall Street Journal has apparently yet to get the message. ...more
In This Issue:
- August Interest Rates
- Portability Regs.
- U.S. v. Johnson, Case No. 2:11-CV-00087, U.S. District Court (May 23, 2012)
- New Net Investment Tax Will Afflict Almost All Non-Grantor...more
Bay Area families that have yet to take advantage of the current gift tax exemption are running out of time. As of midnight on December 31, 2012, the $5 million exemption disappears and will be replaced by a $1 million...more
Last Friday, June 29, 2012, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation the "FDIC") and the Federal Reserve Board (the "Board") announced the process for their receipt and review of the first wave of resolution plans to be...more
Tomorrow, the Assembly Judiciary Committee will hear several important bills that passed out of the Senate:
- SB 323 (Vargas) - This bill would enact the California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act to...more
IN THIS ISSUE:
- December Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts
- Revenue Procedure 2011-48 (October 14, 2011)
The FDIC Board of Directors has adopted a final rule setting forth the requirements for the “living wills” to be filed by large bank holding compa-nies (“BHCs”) and systemically important nonbank financial companies under...more
On June 22, 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted its final rule (the Family Office Rule) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the Advisers Act) defining the term “family office” for purposes of the...more
The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently adopted a final rule (the “Rule”) defining “family offices” that are to be excluded from the definition of an investment adviser and corresponding registration...more
Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act one year ago to reduce or eliminate the risks that led to the financial crisis. Today, there is growing concern that the laser-like focus on risk reduction was not properly balanced by an...more
The July 6, 2011 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Board of Directors (the “FDIC Board”) meeting marked the changing of the guard from Chairman Sheila Bair to FDIC Vice Chairman Martin Gruenberg. Chairman Bair’s...more
It all comes down to political risk versus market risk. Social security legally is merely a government welfare program masquerading as a quasi-private funded defined benefit pension plan. Social security bestows no legally...more
The Dodd-Frank Act (the "Act") contains several provisions creating significant compliance challenges for covered financial institutions. Some of the measures will impose novel responsibilities. Some may change the way firms...more
To anyone on Twitter, raise your hand if you don’t pay attention to your number of followers. No matter how not vain you claim to be, your follower number is something that tugs oh-so-gently at your consciousness.
What has changed? Why should bank trust departments be concerned?
It has been more than three years since the Pension Protection Act of 2006 ("PPA") changed the requirements for Type III supporting organization ("Type III...more