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Recent Cases of Interest to Fiduciaries

In re Estate of House, 2014 Wash. App. LEXIS 3006 (Wash. Ct. App. 2014) - A release waiving any and all claims that the parties may have or may acquire, bars recovery for unknown claims existing at the time the release...more

Death and Bitcoin: How Digital Currencies Affect Estate Planning

It may not be at the forefront of your digital currency interests, but cryptocurrencies have unique characteristics that require careful consideration for estate planning. If you have bitcoin, for example, but your...more

The Effect of Obergefell v. Hodges for Same-Sex Couples

issued on the second-to-last decision day of the term, and provides that same-sex couples have had a constitutional right to marry since at least the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment. This ruling may come as a surprise to...more

Estate Planning for Young Families

Proper estate planning for young families is essential, despite often being overlooked by both clients and attorneys. Many young families view their estate as being “simple” because in their minds they “don’t have much,” and...more

Till Death Do Us Part. . . or at Least Until the Divorce Becomes Final

When important changes occur in life, it is advisable to reevaluate your estate planning to ensure it continues to meet the goals and objectives you have for your estate and your beneficiaries – and going through a divorce is...more

Trustees Beware: Which Fiduciary Standard Applies to Your “Business Judgments”?

To what legal standard must a trustee adhere when he or she also participates in the control of a family or closely held business? Courts continue to grapple with this question. The high courts in both Georgia and Nebraska...more

The Dangerous Path of Property through Intestacy: The Need for Estate Planning with Respect to Real Estate

Winding up an estate is a difficult task, one that can take a toll on a group of the decedent’s family and loved ones. This process, however, is exponentially more challenging when a person dies intestate....more

Estate Planning Pitfall: You haven’t named backup beneficiaries

To ensure that a person’s wealth is distributed according to his or her wishes, it’s important to designate both primary and secondary (or “contingent”) beneficiaries for a will, trusts, retirement plans and life insurance...more

Estate Planning for Digital Assets

Traditionally, estate planning provides for the transfer of your assets through a will or a trust. These documents name an executor or trustee, respectively, to handle your affairs after your death, including the transfer of...more

Requesting, Obtaining and Reporting the Personal Information of the Beneficiaries of a Trust

With another tax season recently behind us, the Internal Revenue Code and its many reporting requirements are fresh in our minds. Do you encounter beneficiaries who want to know why you need so much of their personal...more

Wills, Trusts and Estates Newsletter - May 2014

In This Issue: - A Contrarian View on Bypass Trusts - Getting More Out of Trusts: The Total Return Unitrust - Estate Planning for Your Eighteen Year Old: What You Need to Do Now May Surprise You -...more

Important Changes Proposed to New York Estate Tax and New York Income Taxation of Trusts, Grantors and Beneficiaries

Important legislation has been introduced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that, if passed, would substantially change the New York estate tax regime and would also significantly change the income tax rules regarding certain...more

5 Estate Planning Mistakes You Should Try to Avoid

In your experience, what’s the most costly mistake people make when preparing estate plans, and what can they do to fix them? That’s the question we recently put to attorneys writing on JD Supra....more

Wealth Management Update - December 2013

The December § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and GRATs is 2.0%, which is unchanged from last month. The December applicable federal rate ("AFR") for use with a sale to a defective...more

What Is a Pooled Trust and How Does It Protect My Family Member?

Because beneficiaries of programs like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid must be quite poor to qualify, they can lose their benefits when they come into an inheritance, receive money in their own names from an...more

Wealth Management Update - November 2013

Federal Exclusion from Gift, Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes Increases to $5,340,000 in 2014 - In Revenue Ruling 2013-35, the IRS announced certain inflation adjustments to tax exemptions and deductions....more

Focus - Fall 2013

In this issue: - Creating an Effective Corporate Strategic Venture Capital Program - "Amazing Clients: Victor Del Regno, Producer and Director of "Till Then - A Journey Through WWII Love Letters" -...more

Wealth Management Update - October 2013

The October § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and GRATs is 2.4%. This is up from September's 2.0% rate. The applicable federal rate ("AFR") for use with a sale to a defective...more

Insight on Estate Planning - October/November 2013: Estate Planning Pitfall: A beneficiary designation or joint title overrides...

Inattention to beneficiary designations and jointly held assets can quickly unravel an estate plan. Many don’t realize that their will doesn’t control the disposition of “nonprobate assets,” such as life insurance policies,...more

Insight on Estate Planning - October/November 2013: To preserve your wealth, consider a DAPT

For affluent families with significant liability concerns, foreign asset protection trusts (FAPTs) probably offer the greatest protection against creditors’ claims. But those who prefer to avoid the complexity and expense of...more

Insight on Estate Planning - October/November 2013

In This Issue: - To preserve your wealth, consider a DAPT - Estate planning for same-sex spouses: What the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling means - Using an FLP or LLC? Beware the step transaction...more

How to Handle Real Property as an Estate Fiduciary

Estate fiduciaries, whether serving as executor and administrator, often face a great deal of uncertainty in exercising their duties. While certain types of personal property are fairly easy to manage while the estate is...more

Charitable Lead Trusts With Private Foundation Lead Beneficiary

Transfers to charitable lead trusts during lifetime can provide tax benefits to the donor, and can avoid inclusion of the transferred property in the gross estate of the donor for federal estate tax purposes at death....more

Employment Cannot Be Devised [Florida]

Estate planners often have clients that want to include directions in their wills and trusts that don’t directly relate to dispositions of assets....more

IRA Beneficiary Suffers Transferee Estate Tax Liability 12 Years After Form 706 Filed

Notwithstanding failing to assess estate tax against an IRA beneficiary wihin the Code §6901 four year transferee statute of limitations, in U.S. v. Maureen G. Mangiardi et al, the IRS was permitted to collect estate taxes...more

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