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Don’t Forget To Calendar Your Deadlines – Especially The Statutory Ones!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

If you commence an action by way of summons with notice, you must bear in mind the strict time limitations imposed by CPLR 3012(b). When the other party timely serves a written demand for a complaint, you have exactly twenty...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

Life insurance planning for the business owner

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Life insurance is an effective tool that business owners can use to provide liquidity at their passing for both their businesses and their families. Having a properly drafted buy-sell agreement is key to avoiding conflict and...more

Back to Basics – Costly Consequences of Ignoring Process in Benefits Administration

The stories of an employer and a long-term disability insurer and claims fiduciary for an ERISA plan, defendants in two recent cases, ring so true. In the first case, the insurer was designated as claims fiduciary for an...more

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

Prospects Fade for NAIC Unclaimed Life Insurance and Annuities Model Act

by Carlton Fields on

The prospects for an NAIC Unclaimed Life Insurance and Annuities Model Act (“Model Act”) appear to be fading based on developments at the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits (A) Working Group’s March 7 meeting. The Working...more

Psychological Injuries and Medical Examiners Under the LHWCA

On January 27, 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ceres Marine Terminals, Inc. v. Director, OWCP, (Samuel Jackson), No. 15-1041, affirmed the decisions of an Administrative Law Judge and the Benefits Review Board...more

Split Dollar Shing-a-Ling! Employing the Concepts of Inter-Generational Split Dollar in Compensatory Split Dollar Arrangements

by Gerald Nowotny on

Overview - In the last ten years, life insurance producers and their counsel have quietly transferred great fortunes with minimal gift and estate taxation using intergenerational split dollar life insurance programs....more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Insurer’s Duty to Pay Policy Proceeds Under Wisconsin Statute

by Carlton Fields on

In U.S. Bank Nat. Ass’n v. Sun Life Assur. Co. of Canada, the Seventh Circuit, applying Wisconsin law, recently affirmed that an insurer may not void a life insurance policy solely on grounds that the policy’s original owner...more

Where Have You Gone Chico Escuela! Using Split Dollar Life Insurance for Major League Baseball Players

by Gerald Nowotny on

Overview - When I grew up in the Panama Canal Zone, the country of Panama still had winter league professional baseball up until 1970. They frequently played weekend games at the high school field down the street from my...more

Seventh Circuit Holds that Insurers Cannot Challenge Policies for Lack of Insurable Interest

On October 12, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in an opinion authored by Judge Richard Posner, affirmed a district court decision finding that securities intermediary U.S. Bank, N.A. is...more

Proposed LHWCA Maximum Compensation Change May Concern Some Employers

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, Department of Labor, posted proposed rules affecting section 906 of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act 33 U.S.C. § 901 et seq., Federal Register, Volume 81, No....more

[Webinar] Life Insurance to Fund Buyouts or Loss of a Key Person: Practical Ways to Avoid Tax Traps and Other Pitfalls - September...

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Life insurance can help a business that loses an owner or other key person. Although life insurance death benefits can be tax-free, part or all of the benefits are taxable if not done the right way. Please join Steven B....more

Put Me in Coach! Using Split Dollar Life Insurance Plans to Compensate Division I Coaches

by Gerald Nowotny on

In August 2016, the national sports media provided details regarding the compensation package for Coach Jim Harbaugh at the University of Michigan. It comes as no surprise to anyone that Division I football and basketball...more

A Constitutional Challenge to Florida's New Unclaimed Property Act Amendments

by Carlton Fields on

In April, Florida amended its Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act (“Act”) to require life insurers to perform Death Master File (DMF) searches for all policies issued since 1992. The amended Act also provides that a DMF...more

Illinois Treasurer Holds Statewide Hearings on Life Insurers that Do Not Pay Death Benefits

by Locke Lord LLP on

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs has called for statewide hearings to educate the public on how life insurance companies avoid paying death benefits. The first hearing is scheduled for August 17th in Normal,...more

Ten Things You Should Know About the 2016 Uniform Unclaimed Property Act

The 2016 Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (2016 Act) was adopted unanimously by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) in a 49-0 vote at its 2016 summer meeting. The adoption of the revised model law is a significant step forward for...more

A New Landscape - Compliance clarifications and planning opportunities for governmental and tax-exempt employers sponsoring...

On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published its long-awaited proposed regulations (the Proposed Regulations) under Section 457(f) of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). Section 457(f) governs the taxation...more

Review of Section 409A Proposed Regulations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed changes to the regulations under the Internal Revenue Code (Code) §409A. The Code intends to clarify or modify a wide range of very restrictive rules...more

Pensions Ombudsman Round-Up - July 2016 (UK)

by DLA Piper on

The latest edition of DLA Piper's Pensions Ombudsman Round-Up newsletter reports on some recent determinations made by the Pensions Ombudsman (PO) and Deputy Pensions Ombudsman (DPO), and provides statistics on the outcomes...more

New Proposed Regulations for Section 457(f) Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements of Non-Profit and Governmental...

The Internal Revenue Service recently released long anticipated proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) governing deferred compensation arrangements maintained by tax-exempt organizations and governmental entities...more

The Proposed Code Section 457 Regulations Have Arrived

by Bracewell LLP on

On June 22, 2016, the IRS finally issued the long-awaited proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) Section 457. Code Section 457 applies to deferred compensation plans or arrangements of tax-exempt entities...more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 3: Don’t Fear the (409A) Reaper

by Bryan Cave on

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

Employee Benefits Advisory: New Proposed 457 Regulations May Impact Deferred Compensation Arrangements Maintained by Tax-Exempt...

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On June 21, 2016, concurrent with its issuance of proposed regulations under Code section 409A, the IRS also issued proposed regulations under Code section 457, which address deferred compensation arrangements covering...more

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: IRS Issues New Section 409A Guidance"

In an unexpected development, on June 21, 2016, the IRS issued proposed regulations that clarify and modify the final regulations issued in 2007 and the proposed income inclusion regulations issued in 2008. In many cases,...more

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