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Estates Are Claimants Entitled to Rebates

In a four to three decision, the en banc Commonwealth Court held that a senior citizen’s estate was entitled to a rebate under the Senior Citizens Property Tax and Rent Rebate Assistance Act, 53 P.S. §§ 6926.1301-6926.1313...more

What Are the House Ownership Options When Parents and Adult Children Live Together?

Increasingly, several generations of American families are living together. According to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census data, more than 50 million Americans, or almost 17 percent of the population, live in...more

Not All Property Acquired Post-Petition is Safe from Creditors

Although property obtained by a debtor after filing for bankruptcy is usually safe from creditors, a recent case from the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel allowed a Chapter 7 Trustee to sell real property obtained by...more

What to Expect after a Foreclosure Sale in Virginia: The Commissoner of Accounts

In many non-judicial foreclosure jurisdictions, a foreclosure is generally considered concluded when the foreclosure trustee conveys the property to the purchaser. Though this is true from the purchaser’s perspective, the...more

Florida Homestead Exemption: What You Need To Apply

If you elect to purchase a residence in Florida, as opposed to renting, the positive result of changing your residence to Florida is that you may claim the Florida homestead exemption. In Florida, the homestead exemption...more

Bank Obtains Dismissal Of Surviving Heir’s Reverse Mortgage Class Action

On January 3, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed with prejudice a putative class action alleging a bank breached its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Deed of Trust and HUD regulations by...more

Thinking Of Establishing Florida Residency? What To Consider Before Changing Your Legal Residence

Many clients whose family circumstances and employment situation permit them to spend in excess of six months every year in Florida may elect to become Florida residents. The biggest advantage, compared to being Michigan...more

Living unmarried with a significant other? Listen up – New property tax exclusion!

If you live with a significant other and you aren’t married, or even if you live with a friend, sibling, or more distant relative, you may qualify for a new property tax reassessment exclusion that became effective on January...more

Michigan State Tax Commission Issues Clarification On New Uncapping Statute

As discussed previously on our blog, on December 14, 2012, the Michigan legislature enacted a law, Public Act 497 of 2012 (HR 4753), to prevent the uncapping of property taxes on certain transfers of residential property...more

Buying a house from a non-human entity or the dead

The tale behind a real estate transaction usually follows the same pattern: a potential buyer approaches a seller after viewing the advertised property, negotiations commence and the parties arrive at a meeting of the minds...more

New Exemption for Uncapping of Residential Property Tax Takes Effect December 31

Owners of residential property in Michigan, including cottages, wanting to transfer the property to a relative without uncapping the value for property tax purposes, may be in luck. The Michigan Legislature has adopted a new...more

Wills, Trusts & Estates Newsletter - November 2013

In This Issue: - 1031 Exchanges with a Twist - Firearms in Estate Planning - Estate Administration 101: What You Need to Know to Effectively Administer an Estate Qualifying as Executor - Excerpt from 1030...more

A New Tax Law May Help Families Avoid Uncapping on Certain Inter-Family Real Property Transfers

Effective December 31, 2013, a parent can transfer residential real estate located in Michigan to his or her child without uncapping the taxable value of the property if the child continues to use the property for residential...more

1031 Exchanges with a Twist

Now that the recession appears to be fading into memory, Section 1031 Exchanges are on the rise. Section 1031 of the Federal Tax Code allows property owners to defer taxes by exchanging the sale property into one or more...more

Girard Estate Is a State Agency Immune From Tax

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed the Commonwealth Court and held that property owned by the Board of City Trusts acting as trustee under the will of Stephen H. Girard was immune from real estate taxation because the...more

Report From Counsel: Insights and Developments in the Law - Fall 2013

In this Issue: - Limited Liability Companies — The Best of All Worlds? - Employees Are Responsible for Beneficiary Designations - Protect Your Plastic - HOA Can Regulate Common Area -...more

Change in Legal Title From Joint Tenancy to Tenancy in Common was a Change of Ownership Within the Meaning of Proposition 13

A taxpayer challenged a county assessor’s reassessment of real property after the taxpayer transferred his joint tenancy interest to himself as a tenant in common. A court of appeal held that the property was subject to...more

Elder Financial Abuse: Prevention and Remedies

I have written about elder financial abuse, and I will keep writing about it until stops. It is unfathomable to me that schemes to defraud the elderly are so pervasive. These seniors are attractive targets for financial...more

Federal District Court Invalidates Application Of HUD Regulation Requiring Full Payment Of Reverse Mortgage From Surviving Spouses

On September 30, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia held that a HUD regulation defining conditions under which it would insure a reverse mortgage agreement, which would have made it easier for lenders to...more

Some Practical Risk Management Steps for Any Land Trust

I. Perpetual Calendar—Make Sure You Have Time for Reasoned Decisions—Stop trying to remember so much, reduce your stress, and avoid the risk of missing an important date. Every item that you can record onto a perpetual...more

Dad, it's time.....time to write a Will

For 15 years, my Dad has been building and rebuilding his home. Awake every day at 4 am, he sits in his garage, listens to the radio, drinks his coffee, and sets the day’s agenda. By 6 am, my Dad is busy hammering, sawing,...more

A Review of the Qualified Personal Residence Trust (QPRT) in Estate Planning

At the end of the 20th century, real estate values were growing at phenomenal rates with no end in sight. By the end of 1999, the S&P 500 featured an astounding five-year average annual return of 28.56%. For the 2000...more

Florida Homestead Planning and Irrevocable Trusts

Florida law prohibits the devise of a homestead if the owner is survived by a minor child or children. For purposes of this prohibition, the term “devise” extends to both gifts under a will and transfers by way of a revocable...more

Foreign Investors In REITs: Opportunities Under FIRPTA Reform Proposals

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have long been a tax-efficient vehicle for foreign persons seeking to invest in U.S. real estate. Now, two legislative proposals titled the Real Estate Investment and Jobs Act of 20131...more

Florida Land Trust Revisions–The Highlights [Florida]

Earlier this summer, Florida’s land trust statute underwent a substantial revision. Below are the major highlights: 1. Florida has separated out the title aspects of land trusts from the other provisions. This is...more

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