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
Plan sponsors should consider whether they need to make certain plan amendments or provide certain plan notices prior to the end of the year.
The end of the year marks the deadline by which sponsors of qualified...more
I blogged recently about a decision from a federal district court in Virginia (Eastern District) involving a widow who sought to recover life insurance benefits from her late husband’s employer-sponsored group term life...more
The Supreme Court recently held that federal law pre-empts state law that attempts to reallocate proceeds accruing to the designated beneficiary of a federal life insurance policy. Hillman v. Maretta, 133 S. Ct. 1943 (2013)...more
Recently, in Hillman v. Maretta, the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed a Virginia Supreme Court ruling that held that federal law preempts a state law that allowed a deceased federal employee’s spouse to sue a...more
The scenario is not difficult to imagine: An employee designates her spouse as the primary beneficiary under her employer’s life insurance and retirement benefit plans. Years later, the couple divorces, and in the marital...more
Yesterday, the Second Circuit ruled on two important issues of note for ERISA plan sponsors and plan fiduciaries.
In Thurber v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., 2013 WL 950704 (2d Cir. Mar. 13, 2013), the Court ruled that...more
Legal Solutions is the quarterly newsletter of Sullivans Law LLP Solicitors based in Belfast, Northern Ireland - UK.
Included in the March 2013 edition:
+ confidentiality agreements
+ county courts jurisdiction...more
New rules affecting ERISA-covered retirement plans entering into swap transactions will come into effect in May 2013. These rules, known as the “Business Conduct Standards,” implement certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank...more
The IRS recently released the long-awaited updated version of the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS), Revenue Procedure 2013-12. EPCRS allows the sponsor of a tax-deferred retirement plan to voluntarily...more
The Illinois Supreme Court has announced its anticipated filing dates for January and February. Opinions are expected on Friday, January 25; Thursday, February 7; and Friday, February 22. Decisions on petitions for rehearing...more
On December 31, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) released Revenue Procedure 2013-12, which contains long-awaited updates to the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (“EPCRS”), previously set forth in...more
Defined benefit plan sponsors have become very focused on ways to control their asset volatility and to remove pension liabilities from their balance sheets. In fact, it would be fair to call “de-risking” a hot global issue...more
On February 2, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Treasury, together with the White House, released four pieces of guidance with the stated purpose of easing certain burdens on providing annuity...more
The 2010 Tax Act, formally named the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the “Act”), was signed into law by the President on December 17, 2010. Among other things, the Act...more
From an estate planning perspective 2010 has been a year of uncertainty. We have been waiting for Congress to act, and last Friday Congress did. President Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization,...more
On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (HR 4853) (the “2010 Tax Relief Act”).
The 2010 Tax Relief Act extends for two...more
Inside This Issue:
2 Landowner considerations when negotiating wind energy leases
3 Avoiding pitfalls associated with crop insurance
3 DOL issues rule change for workers on farms
4 Do you need to update your estate...more
This is a 2007 decision restricting ERISA insurer's claim for reimbursement against a settlement allocated to a Special Needs Trust....more