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
A recent Tax Court case addressed some interesting issues relating to the estate tax value of an LLC interest. Below is a summary of these issues....more
A regular part of planning for high net worth families are dynasty trusts – long term multi-generational trusts that are exempt from generation skipping tax. The trusts are more attractive than ever, with expanded generation...more
Inheritance Tax Exemption for Small Businesses -
Pennsylvania recently passed 72 P.S. § 9111(t), specifically aimed at eliminating the Pennsylvania inheritance tax on small family-owned businesses. The Pennsylvania...more
Welcome to the Family Office Services Group's new update series "Did You Know?" It is an easy-to-read, timely and brief focus on legal issues and developments facing you and Family Offices throughout the year. ...more
Either a family limited partnership (FLP) or a limited liability company (LLC) can allow the transfer of a significant amount of wealth to the next generation at a discounted value for gift tax purposes. But if the IRS...more
In This Issue:
- To preserve your wealth, consider a DAPT
- Estate planning for same-sex spouses: What the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling means
- Using an FLP or LLC? Beware the step transaction...more
Atari Files Reorganization Plan to Exit Bankruptcy
by Joel R. Glucksman on October 4, 2013
Video-game maker Atari, Inc. has filed a reorganization plan in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan with the support of its...more
Life insurance and irrevocable trusts are great tools to ease family business succession issues and mitigate exposure to shareholder oppression and disputes. Irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILIT), in particular, play an...more
Joint And POD Accounts: Weapon of Choice Of Transferees When Exerting Undue Influence?
by James F. McDonough, Jr. on October 1, 2013
Will contests alleging undue influence are not uncommon. A will was, for many years,...more
Transfers to charitable lead trusts during lifetime can provide tax benefits to the donor, and can avoid inclusion of the transferred property in the gross estate of the donor for federal estate tax purposes at death....more
House Bill 465, also known as Act 52, was signed into law by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett on July 9, 2013. The Bill makes substantial changes to the Pennsylvania tax code as an integral part of the 2013–2014 budget....more
Key Questions to Ask During Business Succession Planning
by Frank L. Brunetti on August 30, 2013
Succession planning is an essential component to business continuity, a smooth
transition, and effective estate and tax...more
In This Issue:
Qualified Family Business Exemption for Inheritance Tax; 3.8% Medicare Tax on Net Investment Income; and Payable on Death Accounts – Pros and Cons.
Excerpt from Qualified Family Business...more
The Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax Act was amended recently to exempt interests in a “qualified family-owned business” from the Inheritance Tax. The goal of this exemption is to preserve certain family-owned business...more
S corporation shareholders must be careful not to inadvertently terminate their closely held company’s S election when engaging in estate planning....more
Estate of Turco: Is There Clawback For Insufficient Estate Tax Funds?
by James F. McDonough, Jr. on August 15, 2013
The lack of liquidity is a serious problem in the administration of an Estate, especially for a...more
Since 1986, Section 469 of the Internal Revenue Code has imposed limitations on the ability of most taxpayers to offset losses from activities in which they do not materially participate against wages and other non-passive...more
Six U.S. States Involved in Norwegian Tax Evasion Case
by Frank L. Brunetti on August 12, 2013
In another example of international cooperation to quell Norwegian tax evasion, a quiet investigation is expected to reveal...more
Understanding the Estate Tax Portability Provision
by Frank L. Brunetti on August 9, 2013
Many affluent Americans and business owners breathed a sigh of relief when lawmakers prevented the federal estate tax exemption...more
U.S., State Governments Rely on New Software to Combat Tax Fraud
by Joseph M. Donegan on August 7, 2013
As the Internal Revenue Service attempts to close the multibillion-dollar tax gap, a large portion of its resources...more
Differing points of view have arisen regarding determining the active participation of S-Corporation shareholdings held in Trust....more
Should Detroit Follow Central Falls’ Bankruptcy Strategy?
by Joel R. Glucksman on August 6, 2013
In the wake of Detroit filing the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, many
analysts are looking at the...more
Endicott Interconnect Technologies Seeks Bankruptcy Protection
by Joel R. Glucksman on August 2, 2013
Endicott Interconnect Technologies has filed for bankruptcy protection with the U.S.
Bankruptcy Court in Utica, and...more
The Act of July 9, 2013, No. 52 (H.B. 465) and Senate Bill 591 will make substantial changes to Pennsylvania taxes if finally enacted. The bills were part of the budget process. S.B. 591 has passed the House and Senate and...more
Pennsylvania has enacted legislation that exempts certain family-owned business interests from its Inheritance Tax....more