Estate Planning

Estate Planning is a process where individuals prepare or plan for the settlement of their personal affairs in the event of incapacitation or death. Estate plans typically include provisions relating to the... more +
Estate Planning is a process where individuals prepare or plan for the settlement of their personal affairs in the event of incapacitation or death. Estate plans typically include provisions relating to the disposition of assets, guardianship of minor children, and appointment of representatives to make medical and financial decisions. Effective estate planning can decrease tax liability and facilitate the probate process.  less -
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Estate Planning Valuation Discounts Under Section 2704: An Update

For about a generation, families have taken minority discounts when valuing interest in closely-held businesses for estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax purposes. This popular estate planning technique is often...more

Who Would Inherit Darth Vader’s Estate?

Who would be the beneficiary of the estate of Darth Vader? The answer is more than just an exercise in Star Wars fiction; in fact, the answer can teach us important lessons about estate disputes in our real world....more

Valuation Discounts to Family-Controlled Entities in Peril Under Proposed IRS Regulations

On August 4, the Internal Revenue Service finally issued much anticipated proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code, which regulations are intended to significantly limit taxpayers' ability to apply...more

New Law Deals With Digital Assets After Death

In an article earlier this year we noted that at a large number of states had introduced legislation to address an emerging issue that is unique to our Information Age: how will our digital assets be accessed and used (or...more

Deloitte’s $500 Million Sentence

We have assisted many accounting firms in the creation or revision of their client engagement letters. They very often question the need to include certain provisions intended to limit their liability to their clients and...more

Understanding the Tax Consequences of Inheriting a Roth IRA

Passing down a Roth IRA can seem like a good idea, but it doesn't always make the most sense. Before converting a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA to benefit your heirs, you should consider the tax...more

Proposed changes to Section 2704 could spur tax increase for owners of closely held businesses

Controversial proposed regulations issued by the Treasury and the IRS on August 4, 2016, would change rules for valuing interests in business entities of which a person or a family owns at least one-half. The regulations...more

Proposed IRS Valuation Rules Could Have Major Impact on Family Wealth Transfers

New rules proposed by the IRS on August 2 could severely limit or eliminate the use of discounts commonly applied to value interests in family businesses for tax purposes. These discounts, which have been approved in numerous...more

Proposed Tax Regulations Limit Availability of Valuation Discounts to Family Business Owners

For family business owners who desire to transfer ownership of part of their business to the next generation, the valuation of the business interest is often an important factor to consider. This is especially true for family...more

Giving Away What You Don’t Know You Have

Under Georgia law, the standard for testamentary capacity requires that a testator remember generally what property is subject to the will’s disposition. You don’t have to know every dollar, where it is, or all your personal...more

Tax Alert for Foreign Investors Looking at U.S. Investments

Pre-immigration and Non-U.S. Resident Planning - It does not matter whether foreign individuals are investing in U.S. property and hoping to become residents in the U.S., or are planning to invest in U.S property...more

IRS Proposes New Rules Designed to Restrict Valuation Discounts in Family Transfers

Partnerships and LLCs are common choices of entity for family-owned businesses, due to their flexibility and the many uses to which they can be put – including pooling of family assets, succession planning, asset protection,...more

Revoking a Power of Attorney

If for any reason, you become unhappy with the person you have appointed to make decisions for you under a durable power of attorney, you may revoke the power of attorney at any time. There are a few steps you should take to...more

Philanthropic Planning

As an estate planning attorney, I have the opportunity to help people every day. Working with clients to craft an estate plan to transition their assets to their family members and friends is very rewarding. Not infrequently,...more

IRS Proposes Regulations to Limit Valuation Discounts for Family Businesses

On August 2, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations intended to substantially limit the use of discounts in valuing intra-family transfers of interests in family-controlled...more

Proposed 2704 Regulations: Significant Impact on Valuation Discounts for Family Businesses

Background: On August 4, 2016, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations addressing the valuation of certain business interests for federal estate, gift and generation-skipping tax...more

For Love or Money: Considering Prenuptial Agreements

The question of prenuptial agreements comes up often in multi-generational family- owned businesses. The question is typically raised by mom or dad, or maybe grandmother or grandfather, and goes something like: “We’re all...more

Intra-Family Loans: An Estate Planning Strategy in a Low-Interest Rate Environment

In the current economic environment, IRS-prescribed monthly interest rates for certain intra-family transactions are at historic lows. As a result, an excellent opportunity exists to transfer wealth to lower generation family...more

Valuation Discounts for Intra-Family Transfers of Family-Held Business Interests are Proposed to be Curtailed – Act Now!

On August 4, 2016, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations that would, if implemented, significantly curtail valuation discounts applied to intra-family transfers of family business interests. Final adoption of...more

[Webinar] U.S. Tax and Estate Planning for Foreign Persons - Meritas Capability Webinar - September 27th - 1:00p.m. U.S. CDT

Many successful people come to the United States from other countries, either permanently or on study or work assignments that are intended to last just for a few years. These people may earn income in the United States and...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations Regarding Valuation Discounts for Transfers of Family-Controlled Entities, if Enacted, Would Apply...

After years of anticipation, the U.S. IRS recently issued Proposed Treasury Regulations that would, if enacted in their current form, substantially eliminate most valuation discounts for family-controlled entities and result...more

Estate Tax Changes Past, Present and Future

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

Making Lifetime Gifts Saves Federal Taxes

Lifetime Gifts Yield Estate and Gift Tax Savings - The federal gift tax annual exclusion currently allows each individual to give up to $14,000 each year to an unlimited number of donees – entirely free of tax. (Under...more

Transfers of Family-Controlled Business Entities to Family Members Could Get More Expensive

Transfers of Family-Controlled Business Entities to Family Members Could Get More Expensive - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released proposed regulations that will dramatically change the valuation of...more

The End of Valuation Discounts in Estate Tax Planning?

Families with interests in closely held entities have long benefitted from reduced estate and gift tax exposure due to valuation discounts. If regulations proposed by the Internal Revenue Service are adopted in their present...more

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