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Accidental Disinheritance: Update Wills, Estate Plans Annually

by Lewitt Hackman on

So you have an estate plan? Good for you. You funded it? Even better. But have you updated it and your will in the last year? If you haven’t, your loved ones or favorite charities may be in for an unpleasant surprise. Your...more

Understanding Disinheritance: The Structure of an Ohio Post Mortem Dispute

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Great wealth, in the trillions of dollars, will be transferred from one generation to the next as our population ages. While most estates proceed as intended, there will always be greed and dysfunction among a small...more

Court Enforces Release Agreement Between Trustees/Executors and A Beneficiary

by Winstead PC on

In Harrison v. Harrison Interests, a beneficiary of an estate and multiple trusts had a dispute with the executors and trustees. No. 14-15-00348-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 1677 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] February 28, 2017,...more

Avoiding Beneficiary Befuddlement

by Bryan Cave on

Retirement plans are complicated creatures to administer so it perhaps is not surprising that the process of determining the beneficiary of a deceased participant can present its own set of challenges and, if things go awry,...more

Estate Planning Pitfall: You reside in a state with high estate tax

Even though reforms being debated by Congress could repeal the federal estate tax with certain modifications, state estate taxes might still siphon off hundreds of thousands of dollars regardless of what happens under federal...more

Ninth Circuit: Medical Providers Lack ERISA Standing

The Ninth Circuit affirmed two district court decisions that concluded medical providers were not “beneficiaries” under Section 502(a) of ERISA and therefore lacked standing to bring an ERISA claim...more

The flexibility of stretch IRAs: Learn how your IRA can benefit your spouse and other beneficiaries

IRAs are meant to be used for retirement saving. However, if a person doesn’t need to tap into an IRA for income during retirement, he or she can preserve the assets as part of his or her estate, above and beyond what was...more

Proper Estate Planning May Prevent a Will Contest

Will contests are a sad reality and while there is no guarantee, with proper planning a contest may be avoided. A will contest occurs when a disgruntled potential beneficiary of an estate challenges the validity of a Will. ...more

Recent Cases of Interest to Fiduciaries

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In the most recent installment of the McGuireWoods Fiduciary Advisory Services annual multipart series on recent fiduciary cases, developments in the law concerning various topics are examined through the following: -...more

New Reporting Regime: Estates Who Have to File Federal Estate Tax Returns Need to be Aware of New Basis Consistency Law

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On July 31, 2015, the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 introduced new tax law that affects executors who are required to file a federal estate tax return and beneficiaries...more

Insight on Estate Planning - April/May 2017

Protect multiple generations with a dynasty trust - Dynasty trusts have nothing to do with the popular soap opera from the 1980s, but everything to do with leaving a lasting legacy. Although this type of trust is often...more

Tax Tips

Internal Revenue Service Temporarily Holding Off on Issuing New Regulations - The Internal Revenue Service is temporarily holding off on issuing new rules while evaluating the impact of executive orders from President...more

Maryland Allows Use of Nonjudicial Settlement Agreements in Trust Administration

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Maryland previously enacted a version of the Uniform Trust Code (UTC), which contains various provisions focused on permitting more efficient administration of trusts. However, Maryland’s version of the UTC initially omitted...more

Should You Create Trusts for Your Kids?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

If your children are under age eighteen, you should have trusts for them in your Wills, in the event you and your spouse should die before all your children reach age 18. If minors receive assets prior to reaching age...more

T&E Litigation Newsletter- March 2017

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

This week has brought a much-anticipated decision by the Supreme Judicial Court regarding trust decanting, and the past month also brought the latest chapters in two cases that we reported on previously....more

A Guide for Challenging a Joint Account Arrangement in Michigan

by Clark Hill PLC on

Joint bank account arrangements are as useful as they are common, providing a simple means for transferring an individual's assets to others - either during his/her life or post death by operation of a survivorship...more

UPDATE: Can an Intended (and Disappointed) Beneficiary Still Sue a Will’s Drafter?: The General Assembly of Virginia Enacts a...

by LeClairRyan on

Back in the summer I wrote a post discussing the impacts of the Thorsen decision by the Supreme Court of Virginia. In Thorsen, a testator wanted to leave her estate to a charity if her daughter did not survive her. The...more

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on Compelling Non-Signatories to Arbitrate Disputes

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on a case in which a widow and one-time named beneficiary of her husband's IRA account acquired the account assets after her husband's death, although she was not...more

A Sea Change for Beneficiaries' Right to Information?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Court of Appeal’s ruling in Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing offers beneficiaries rights of access to personal data held by trustees and their legal advisers. This is a landmark case in which our clients, the claimants,...more

Do You Have a “Day After” Insurance Policy?

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Insurance is a form of risk management, designed to minimize the loss associated with certain events like flood, fire, accidents, disability, and even death. Most insurance requires an agent and the payment of premiums. ...more

A Deceased Can't Always Will What They Want

by Bennett Jones LLP on

There is a common misconception that the testator is free to leave their estate to anyone they choose. While this is largely true, certain family members who were left out or feel they were inadequately provided for under a...more

District Court Allows Medicare Beneficiary Class Action to Proceed

by King & Spalding on

On February 8, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut declined to fully dismiss allegations filed by a class of Medicare patients against HHS in Alexander et al. v. Cochran (formerly Bagnall et...more

Michigan’s Legislature Passes Significant Laws During the Last Days of 2016

by Dickinson Wright on

In late 2016, Michigan lawmakers passed a good deal of new legislation. One of the laws, the Qualified Dispositions in Trusts Act, enables an individual (the “settlor”) to create a trust that, in certain circumstances, can...more

A Guide To: How to Challenge a Trust in Michigan

by Clark Hill PLC on

The death of a loved one is a difficult and emotional event. In addition to dealing with the loss, family members, friends and/or trusted advisors are tasked with settling the decedent's final affairs, which, in many...more

Maintaining family harmony: Balance beneficiaries’ needs with a total return unitrust

A traditional trust can sometimes create a conflict among the lifetime and remainder beneficiaries. This makes it more difficult for an estate plan to achieve its objectives and places the trustee in a difficult position. The...more

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