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Estate Administrative Update: IRS Notice Confirms Account Transcripts May Serve as Estate Tax Closing Letter

Recently, the IRS issued Notice 2017-12, providing further guidance on ways to confirm that the IRS has closed its examination of an estate tax return. Notice 2017-12 officially confirms what the IRS website has said for...more

2017 – New Year, New Adjusted Lifetime Federal Estate and Gift Tax Exempt Amount

The annual federal exemption amount for the estate and gift tax has been adjusted to $5,490,000.00 per individual for 2017. This means a married couple will have a combined $10,980,000.00 in 2017. The $5,490,000.00...more

Are You Considering Remarrying in Your Senior Years?

Finding love later in life may be unexpected and exciting. The considerations are much different for an older couple with adult children and retirement plans than for a young couple just starting out. Before deciding on next...more

Left At The Altar?: Who Owns The Engagement Ring When Love Goes Wrong?

You’ve found the right partner; you’ve found the right ring; and your fiancee accepted. Now imagine your fiancee unexpectedly breaks off the engagement. You are devastated. Your friends tell you there are plenty of fish in...more

What Happens to your "Social Media" and other "Digital" Life when you Die?

Over the holidays, it’s likely that you or a loved one received some type of computer or device that connects to internet websites, e-mail and applications. Or that pictures were taken and stored on such a device, or that...more

McGuireWoods LLP State Death Tax Chart

This chart is maintained for the McGuireWoods LLP Website and is updated regularly. Please see full Chart below for more information. ...more

New Law for Special Needs Trusts Now Benefiting Individuals

The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act - On December 13, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act. Buried in this law is the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act– a sentence long provision to...more

Ohio Medicaid Update: “Disability Determination Redesign” and STABLE Accounts

In my last article, I provided a summary on the “Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014,” (the “ABLE Act”). At the time of publication, the status of ABLE Accounts in Ohio was not known. However, effective June 1,...more

Money, Dirt and Steel: Year End 2016

COPIES AND AFFIDAVITS ADMISSIBLE IN POWER OF SALE FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS - In the Matter of Foreclosure by Rogers Townsend & Thomas, __ N.C. App. ___, COA15-581 (April 15, 2016), was a Non-judicial foreclosure action...more

Essay: The Inter Vivos Branch of the Worthier Title Doctrine

Change for good reason is most appropriate. Sometimes it is superb, but change for the sake of change is usually wrong. It is regrettable and unjustifiable that an old and beneficial principle of law has been challenged as no...more

The Emotional Charge of Guardianship: a Point of View from an Independent Guardian

A parent of young children feels incredible stress and sadness when their children fight. When healthy, the parent is capable of breaking up the fight or at least standing in between to force peace or at least stave off war....more

[Webinar] Self-Employment Tax and LLCs; New Partnership Audit Rules; Selected Issues from Heckerling - Jan. 24th, 12:00pm CT

In the webinar we will analyze a recent IRS memo delineating between when it will and will not respect efforts to make a member of an LLC subject to self-employment tax. We will become sensitized to how upcoming partnership...more

Court Affirms Ruling That Adopted Adult Children Were Beneficiaries Of A Trust

In Andresakis v. Modisett, the trustors signed trust agreements in 1976 and 1981, and each agreement created three trusts, one for their daughter, one for their son, and a third trust for their only grandchild, Andresakis....more

Trusts and Estates Group News: Home Is Where You Hang Your Hat. But Where Are You Actually Domiciled?

Many Connecticut residents will own second homes for the purpose of enjoying a change of scenery for a portion of each calendar year. For example, some people might escape the cold of the Connecticut winter for the sunshine...more

Sharp as a Tack . . . Clear as a Bell

Very often, when the proponent of a will (and sometimes even the attorney-draftsperson or witness) is questioned about the decedent’s mental state and the decedent’s instructions, the reflexive response is that the decedent...more

Registration Duty – All clear ?

Yesterday, the director of the Luxembourg indirect tax administration (administration de l'enregistrement et des domaines) issued circular n° 782 dated 2 January 2017 (the "Circular"). The Circular recalls the main changes...more

Expert Testimony Necessary On Standard Of Care? Maybe Sometimes, But Not Always.

Whether a plaintiff needs an expert witness in a breach of fiduciary duty case to testify on the standard of care is a frequently debated topic. In Heisinger v. Cleary, the Supreme Court of Connecticut weighed in on one side...more

HEIRS ACCORDING TO SHARIAH - Principles of Succession

Shariah lays down the relations that qualify as heirs following the death of an individual. The deceased's estate can only be transferred to persons who qualify as heirs under Shariah Law principles. Anyone who does not...more

Trusts and Estates Group News: 2017 Federal Inflation Adjustments

Each year, certain federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax figures are subject to inflation adjustments. Effective January 1, 2017, the annual exclusion amount for gifts per donee remains at...more

Estate Tax Impact of Life Insurance Required by Divorce

Please see chart below for more information....more

Can it be that in Nevada a trustee by statute may now decant an income-only trust into a trust whose trustee has current...

Even in the absence of statutory authority a trustee with equitable discretionary authority to make principal distributions to or for the benefit of the beneficiary has long had equitable authority to distribute some or all...more

NAIC Report: 2016 Fall National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its 2016 Fall National Meeting December 10-13. Despite the glitzy setting at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, there were no splashy new developments—save...more

Top Four Estate Disputes from 2016

With the end of 2016 upon us, now is a fitting time to look back at some of the top estate disputes from this past year. 2016 was a typical year in that, unsurprisingly, people continued to die and families continued to fight...more

iWill or iWon’t

Ever wondered what will happen to your Facebook page when you die? The California Legislature has recently weighed in. Effective as of January 1, 2017, California will have its first law to specifically address the handling...more

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

Today, the Texas Supreme Court granted a petition for review in Jackson Walker, LLPO v. Kinsel, No. 07-13-00130-CV, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 3586 (Tex. App.—Amarillo April 10, 2015, pet. granted). The Court’s staff attorney...more

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