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Split to Be Tied!

Looking Beyond the Morrissette Decision and Around the Corner for Inter-Generational Split Dollar - Overview - I have had the opportunity throughout my career to know top life insurance agents as well as several top...more

Estate Tax Changes Past, Present and Future

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

Tax Law Blog: Prince's Estate Plan (or lack thereof)

News sources are reporting that court documents filed last week indicate Prince died intestate, meaning he did not have a will. His sister filed the paperwork, stating to her knowledge he did not have a will and requesting...more

Prince: The Lost Legacy of an Estate Plan Untold

You may not have produced over 30 albums, accrued over $300 million and an equivalent amount of fans as Prince, but, like the recent pop star, you too have a legacy that could impact many individuals around you. The term...more

Tax Court Affirms Use of Intergenerational Split-Dollar Arrangements

The Tax Court, in its decision earlier this month in Estate of Morrissette, examined intergenerational split-dollar arrangements between a mother's revocable trust and three irrevocable dynasty trusts, one established for...more

"FIRPTA Reform Impacts Investment Opportunities in US Real Estate"

In recent months, much has been written to describe the reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA) contained in the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Act), which have been...more

"New Connecticut Laws Limit Transfer Taxes for Some Decedents, Increase Probate Fees for Most Estates"

Connecticut has implemented changes to its transfer tax and probate laws that affect nearly every decedent leaving even a modest estate via will or nonprobate transfer (such as a revocable trust). A new $20 million cap for...more

Estate of Clara M. Morrissette Secures Victory in Groundbreaking Estate Tax Case

In a case of first impression, the United States Tax Court ruled in favor of a taxpayer whose estate planning focused on the preservation and succession of a 70-year-old family-owned business. In Estate of Clara M....more

Foreign Financial Asset Reporting - Coming Soon to a Domestic Entity Near You

When Form 8938 reporting for foreign financial assets of U.S. taxpayers was first imposed a few years, only U.S. individuals were subject to it. The IRS has now issued final regulations that will commence reporting by...more

Paradox of Mental Incapacity in State Estate Tax: How Moving Your Elderly Parent from Florida May Generate an Unexpected Estate...

It is a difficult enough for families to come to grips with having to care for an elderly parent that may no longer be able to live on their own. After coming to terms with this unfortunate reality, the next steps often...more

Private Eyes They’re Watching You – Offshore Planning after the Panama Papers

Overview - If you have been reading my articles on JD Supra for a while, you will know that I love Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music. Nevertheless, the Hall and Oates song Private Eyes, is a more fitting song to describe...more

Post-Death Action Reduced Amount of Estate Tax Charitable Deduction

Decedent died and left a majority stake in a real property management corporation to a private foundation. The estate tax value of the stock was $14.182M. After the decedent’s death, but before the stock was transferred...more

Why the SBA doesn’t like your joint trust: A common estate planning trap for owners of certified small businesses with government...

It is common for business owners to have different attorneys for their estate planning needs and their business law needs – sometimes, the two attorneys don’t even work for the same law firm. This article will review the...more

Be Organized to Preserve Your Charitable Deductions for Property Donations

3 Things to Remember About Documenting Charitable Gifts of Property, Securities and Art. Last month in this blog, we described five ways to be diligent about documenting charitable gifts of cash or out-of-pocket expenses...more

Swiss Cheese con Arroz con Pollo – Pondering Offshore Planning after the Panama Papers Scandal

Overview - It is an understatement to say that the state of affairs in the offshore landscape is in flux. The fallout from the recent scandal in Panama remains to be seen. The fall of the rich and famous may end up...more

Moved to Florida, but still can’t let go of New York – Will your estate be subject to New York estate tax?

Many New Yorkers who want to move to Florida still desire to retain a home, an apartment, or some other type of property in the place where they grew up. What many of the newly minted Florida residents may not consider are...more

Preserving Your Family Business (or Sale Proceeds) for Generations

As promised, below is a follow-up to my February 29th post. There, I discussed estate tax planning. Below, I want to introduce generation skipping tax planning, using some similar tools. As of 2016, each person has a...more

The Use Of Trusts In Business Succession Planning

The transition of a family owned or closely-held business is an important event for estate planning clients. Historically, the use of trusts has played an important role in business succession planning. Recent changes to the...more

Donate art and secure a tax break

Valuable works of art may be ideal candidates for charitable donation. Generally, it’s advantageous to donate appreciated property to avoid capital gains taxes. Because the top capital gains rate for art and other...more

Critical Tax Considerations When Structuring A Family Office

A wealthy family may create a family office to achieve a wide range of objectives. These objectives may include realizing the benefits of pooled capital in order to maximize the universe of available investment opportunities...more

The Charitable Split Annuity – A Little Bit Country and a Little Bit Rock and Roll

I have written several articles discussing the powerful tax benefits of pooled income funds in the current low interest environment. I have also written on the tax benefits of charitable lead annuity trusts (CLAT). The pooled...more

Plan Ahead to Avoid or Minimize US Estate Tax

If you are not a US resident or a US citizen and are considering buying assets in the US, there are ways to avoid or minimize US estate tax on those assets. ...more

Estate Planning and Administration – Be Prepared for the Year That Follows the Death of a Loved One

The loss of a loved one is a traumatic event and it can be among the most challenging of times to make important financial decisions. Proactive planning with an attorney and financial planner can significantly lessen the...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 11, No. 1

IRS Addresses a Section 1031 Exchange of Aircraft - While we usually think of real property as the asset most often exchanged under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, the provisions of that are by no means...more

A Death Abroad - Assistance and Issues

The death of a loved one is obviously a difficult time and process for family and friends. If the decedent dies outside of the U.S., the family and friends have the additional burden of dealing with local law and...more

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