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Win One for the Fiduciary – The PA Supreme Court Clarifies the Interplay of UTA Provisions

As counsel to fiduciaries across our great Commonwealth, I was beginning to despair that changing one’s trustee was becoming as easy as changing the oil in one’s car. In the seminal case of Trust Under Agreement of Edward...more

Recent case law update: Treatment of Trust Assets — Akers (and others) v. Samba Financial Group (2017)

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The English Supreme Court has delivered a ruling that provides helpful guidance on the enforceability of trusts in respect of assets located in foreign jurisdictions that do not recognise trusts. The ruling also highlights...more

Yes, your 18-year-old does need estate planning!

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A common misperception is that estate planning is only for the old or the wealthy. Often, estate planning becomes urgent, something done quickly due to an upcoming trip or in response to a health scare. Estate planning,...more

Tribal Estate Planning: Nuance and Consequence

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Simple estate planning is pretty straightforward. There is usually a Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney, Health Care Directive, and Trust if necessary. But there is a niche practice within estate planning ripe with...more

IRS Regulations on the Chopping Block

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Tax practitioners have complained for years about the ever-expanding scope and complexity of both the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations. A possible shrinkage in the Treasury Regulations may soon occur....more

Nate Smithson Provides an Update on Tax Reform

by Jackson Walker on

Jackson Walker partner Nate Smithson has prepared an updated guide to tax reform under the Trump administration. The guide covers tax brackets, deductions, capital gains, and other relevant topics in tax law. Please see...more

McNees Insights – Estate Planning Newsletter - July 2017

Deducting Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions - You can elect each year to itemize deductions rather than claim the standard deduction. Itemized deductions are those that you claim on Schedule A of Form 1040, Itemized...more

Proposed Regulations Limiting Discounts on Family Gifts Targeted for Reform

Last summer, we discussed the IRS’s issuance of new Proposed Regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code, which regulations would severely impact discounts on gifts made to family members. ...more

BEWARE! Impact of New Tax Rules on Your Family Limited Partnership

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

Family limited partnerships (“FLPs”) are a common estate planning technique. They permit centralized asset management, provide liability protection, and create a mechanism by which one generation can transfer wealth to the...more

IRS Grants Taxpayers Two-Year Window to File Portability Election

by Bryan Cave on

In a long-awaited move, the IRS announced recently that taxpayers will now have at least two years to file an estate tax return to elect portability of a decedent’s unused estate tax exemption to the decedent’s surviving...more

You Get A Car! Everybody Gets A Car!

by Roetzel & Andress on

Lobbying from various organizations resulted in Ohio House Bill 432, known as the “omnibus probate bill.” This bill has made some significant changes in estate law. Specifically, upon the death of a spouse, Ohio Revised Code...more

Avoid An Unpleasant Surprise: Review Your Will Regularly

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Many people sign a will and assume they never need to look at it again. As lawyers, we prepare wills that are flexible and deal with multiple possible (even if unlikely) scenarios, but sometimes an unanticipated change and an...more

Look for Mild Cognitive Impairment in California Trust and Estate Disputes

by Downey Brand LLP on

Mental incapacity and undue influence are the most common theories used to try to invalidate wills, trusts and beneficiary designations in California and elsewhere. Occasionally, the subject in a trust and estate dispute has...more

Treasury Dept. Identifies 8 "Significant Tax Regulations" for Review to Reduce Burden

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced on July 7, 2017, in Notice 2017-38 (the Notice) that it has identified as "significant tax regulations" eight sets of U.S. federal tax regulations that were issued between Jan. 1,...more

Estate Tax Changes Past, Present and Future

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

Advance Directives: Living Wills, Health Care Proxies and Powers of Attorney

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

We’re coming to the end of the school year and into the days of summer and no one wants to think about anything too “heavy”. It is, however, important to have advance directives in place. All adults (including kids over 18...more

McGuireWoods LLP State Death Tax Chart

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

Forcing the Production of Information in Probate Litigation When You Have Been Disinherited

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Can a disinherited person force the production of information necessary to substantiate the efforts required to pursue a challenge to a Will, beneficiary designation, or Trust? Isolation and manipulation of a loved one by...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19577 - Estate of Brooks v. Commissioner of Revenue Services - Husband died in Florida in 2000 and left a large amount of securities in two QTIP trusts for the benefit of his...more

Serial Suers and Vexatious Litigants: Can Courts Prevent Someone From Filing a Lawsuit?

by LeClairRyan on

The vexatious litigant is a problem that civil litigation attorneys very likely encounter at least once during their careers. It is a well-accepted precept that courts exist, in part, for citizens to seek redress for their...more

IRS Provides Automatic Extension to Make Portability Election (Under Some Circumstances)

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

A portability election by the estate of a first spouse to die allows the unused unified credit of the first spouse to be used by the surviving spouse for estate and gift tax purposes. Since Code §2010(c)(5)(A) requires the...more

IRS issues Rev. Proc. 2017-34 to Extend Time to Make Portability Election

by Dickinson Wright on

For individuals dying after December 31, 2010, Section 2010(c) of the Internal Revenue Code provides that the unused estate tax exemption of the first deceased spouse is “portable” between spouses at death. Under this law, a...more

A Handwritten Codicil Can Lead to Disaster

Mr. James Paul Allen of Beaufort County, North Carolina executed a duly drafted will on August 29, 2002. The will was prepared by his longtime attorney who had represented him in many matters. Mr. Allen was not married and...more

2017 Oklahoma Tax and Fee Legislation

by GableGotwals on

The following are some of the changes in Oklahoma law on state taxation and fees enacted by the Oklahoma Legislature in 2017. Income Tax - Oklahoma Standard Deduction Decoupled from Federal Standard Deduction. For...more

[Webinar] Leveraging to Attain Basis Step-Up; Income Tax Benefits of Losing an FLP Case - July 11th, 12:00pm CT

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Please join us for a webinar based on Steve Gorin's Second Quarter 2017 newsletter, Gorin's Business Succession Solutions. In this webinar the presenter will discuss that one can use debt to allow property to obtain a...more

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