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Estate Planning Still Critical in Uncertain Times

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The “plan” unveiled by the Trump administration in late April to repeal the federal estate tax was a broadly vague outline of tax reform goals. The proposed changes did not mention the federal gift tax or generation skipping...more

12 months' imprisonment for breach of disclosure order

by DLA Piper on

On 17 May 2017, the English Court handed down a 12 month prison sentence against an individual, Mrs Sandhu, for repeated breach of a disclosure order in Kimyani v Sandhu [2017] EWHC 1302 (Ch)....more

When Should I Get a Last Will and Testament?

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Lexis Nexis claims that 55% of American adults do not have a last will and testament or some kind of an estate plan. This means that more than half of American estates have their personal assets pass via intestacy - without a...more

She Did What With the Family Farm? - Top Ways to Challenge a Deed in Michigan

by Clark Hill PLC on

A deed is a legal instrument commonly used to transfer title in real property (i.e. a residence, parcel of land, or family cottage). Although deeds are typically straightforward, certain legal requirements are necessary to...more

Choose Wisely When Co-Owning Property

Predictability that joint owners/tenants need today: This spring, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that joint property owners can eliminate the survivorship rights of jointly held property, changing their ownership to...more

Estate Administration Update: A Simplified Procedure for the Portability Election

by Williams Mullen on

Recently, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2017-34 (the “Revenue Procedure”), providing a simplified process for certain estates requiring an extension of time to make a portability election under § 2010(c)(5)(A) of the...more

Transferring Property To A Trust: It’s Not What You Meant, It’s What You Said

by Bryan Cave on

When we put pen to paper, sometimes the words don’t come out right. If that happens, hopefully there’s an opportunity to explain what we meant. For example, we have seen how scrivenor’s errors can be explained. But, for the...more

What You Can Do To Minimize the Likelihood of Someone Contesting Your Will

by Moskowitz LLP on

In our first two posts in this series, we discussed who has legal standing to challenge a will and what grounds may form the basis of a will contest. In this third and final post on will contests, we will introduce a few...more

Who Can Bring Forth a Challenge

by Moskowitz LLP on

Following Richard Pratt’s death in 2009, Madison Ashton claimed that she had left her profession as a sex worker to become the Australian billionaire’s kept mistress. Pratt had apparently promised the former Penthouse Pet a...more

Texas Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Texas Recognizes A Tortious Interference With Inheritance Claim

by Winstead PC on

In Anderson v. Archer, the trial court’s judgment awarded the plaintiffs $2.5 million in damages based on a tortious interference with inheritance claim. No. 03-13-00790-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 2165 (Tex. App.—Austin March...more

Courts Hold That Fiduciaries Waived Complaints About Trial Court Orders

by Winstead PC on

In In re Estate of Roach, a trial court removed an executor for multiple grounds, including: (1) Texas Estates Code Section 404.0035(b)(5), which authorizes removal when an independent executor becomes incapable of properly...more

May a vindicated trustee be reimbursed personally from the trust estate even for those defense costs that were covered by his...

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

As to whether the vindicated trustee’s claim against the trust estate for defense counsel’s fees should be offset by payments made to defense counsel by the trustee’s personal liability insurance carrier, at least one court...more

Estate Planning and Prenuptial Agreements: Tax Implications of Alimony

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

When contemplating marriage and estate planning, frequently, individuals will enter into prenuptial (premarital) agreements to address their rights and obligations during the marriage and in the event of a divorce or death. A...more

The Best Housewarming Gift for the Unmarried Couple: An Estate Plan

“Thinking too long about doing something is often the reason it never gets done.” –Everyday Life Lessons - In recent years, a growing number of Americans are deciding to cohabitate instead of getting married or...more

Courts Should Read Elder Abuse Act Broadly to Stop Wrongdoers

by Downey Brand LLP on

California’s Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act is elastic enough to encompass claims arising from sharp insurance sales practices, even when elders do not pay anything directly to the agents. So concluded...more

Two layers of photo ownership in conflict in street photography case

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

“I own the photos.” It seems like a simple statement, but in copyright law, ownership isn’t simple. One person can own physical photographs, but not have the right to use them, because someone else owns the copyrights....more

IRS Simplifies Ability To Obtain Late Portability Election Relief

by Cole Schotz on

On June 9, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service issued Revenue Procedure 2017-34, which is effective immediately and provides a simplified method to obtain permission for an extension of time under Reg. 301.9100-3 to file Form...more

Be Careful With That Power of Attorney!: Arbitration Clauses and Nursing Home Lawsuits

by LeClairRyan on

On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its opinion in Kindred Nursing Centers, L.P. v. Clark. This case addressed the issue of whether an agent acting pursuant to a power of attorney could bind...more

On Its Own Motion

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

While most decisions rendered by the Surrogate’s Court result from an affirmative request for relief, occasionally the court will address an issue on its own motion when justice or the exercise of its inherent or statutory...more

Estate planning during divorce: It’s never too early to start

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Estate plans prepared for married couples will vary in complexity and detail but generally follow the same theme: The revocable trust or will typically provides that upon the death of the first spouse, the surviving spouse...more

Ohio Court of Appeals Affirms Statutory Protections for Trustees

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Ten years after the first enactment of the Ohio Trust Code, in Zook, et al. v. JP Morgan Chase Bank National Association, et al., 10th Dist. No. 15AP-751, 2017-Ohio-838, the Tenth District Ohio Court of Appeals gave insight...more

Should a Parent Serve as Trustee of a Special Needs Trust?

It is common for a parent to want to be named as trustee of a special needs trust benefitting her child, especially when the parent is the one creating or funding the trust. There are many reasons why this makes sense. It...more

Lawyers' Opinions Matter When a Will Is Prepared

by Bennett Jones LLP on

When a Will is challenged on the basis of allegations of undue influence, incapacity, or suspicious circumstances, the court will look at various factors to decide if the Will should be followed or declared invalid. These...more

Estate Planning Pitfall - You haven’t coordinated your health care directives

The best-laid plans can go astray. For estate planning purposes, the main complication as a person grows older may be the condition of his or her health. This brief article details two health care directives and explains why...more

Guardians Should Guard Against Claims Of Undue Influence

by Bryan Cave on

A guardian‘s job requires that the guardian be involved in the affairs of the ward. In turn, the ward likely is going to be dependent on and trust the guardian. Chances are – because Georgia sets an order of preference for...more

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