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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 -

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

The Duty of Impartiality and Other Trustee Troubles

by Moskowitz LLP on

Trustees are accountable to both the current income beneficiaries and the remaindermen of a trust, and are often placed in the unenviable position of have to balance the interests of the two. A beneficiary may look forward to...more

Why You Should Create A Will: What's Stopping You?

Having a will is imperative to ensure that your money and belongings are distributed according to your wishes after your death. Wills can distribute property, name an executor and guardians for children, forgive debts and...more

A Guide To: Challenging Beneficiary Designations in Michigan

by Clark Hill PLC on

Most individuals own assets that will pass upon the death of that individual pursuant to a beneficiary designation. In fact, in many instances, these types of assets make up a large portion of an individual's net worth....more

Are You Considering A Revocable Living Trust?

The revocable living trust is often advertised as a “must have” part of your estate plan. While a revocable living trust may be useful in some situations, it is not an estate planning cure all. The following are issues to...more

Succession Planning—Bet the Farm on It

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Despite recent trends toward consolidation in the agricultural industry, farming generally remains a family affair. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 97 percent of all farms in the United States are...more

Basis In Inherited Property

A beneficiary of an estate will often receive property other than cash as a part of an inheritance. It is common for the beneficiary to be unfamiliar with the circumstances under which the decedent obtained the property or...more

Why Care About Business Valuation? Part I

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

One word: “taxes.” There are so many transactions in which the tax consequences visited upon a closely-held business and its owners, and, therefore the true economic cost of the transaction, will depend upon the valuation of...more

PA ABLE Accounts and How They Differ From Supplemental Needs Trusts

Pennsylvania now has an ABLE account program created by the Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act. The ABLE program allows for a different type of planning to provide for the supplemental needs of...more

Digital Assets Bill Signed by Governor Branstad

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Governor Branstad signed Senate File 333, the Iowa Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, on April 20. This bill is an important tool in estate planning and trust and estate administration....more

Florida Wills go Electronic

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

A bill has cleared both Houses of the Florida legislature authorizing electronic wills and electronic will execution in Florida. Absent an unexpected veto by Gov. Scott, the last wills of testators may now precede them into...more

Ohio’s New Laws Governing the Management of Digital Property After Death

by Reminger Co., LPA on

When Ohio House Bill 432 and Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2137 became effective on April 4, 2017, estate fiduciaries were given new tools for managing a decedent’s digital property....more

Recent Cases of Interest to Fiduciaries

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Kroll v. New York State Dept. of Health, 39 N.Y.S.3d 183 (Oct. 5, 2016); see also In re Kroll, 971 N.Y.S.2d 863, 865 (Sur. Ct. 2013) - Court approves “decanting” of a trust to effectively remove a beneficiary’s future...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

Paying The Estate Tax

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

An Unreasonable Burden? One of the reasons often given in support of the elimination of the estate tax is the economic burden it imposes upon the closely-held business; specifically, the requirement that the 40% federal...more

Planning and the Death of the Death Tax

by Bryan Cave on

On Wednesday afternoon the White House again proposed eliminating the death tax as part of its tax reform plan, but the details of the repeal remain sparse. When pressed for specifics Director Cohn simply stated that with...more

Privacy Perils: The Untimely Death of Digital Data

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Many people have thoughtfully gathered information on the location of their bank accounts, deeds, lock boxes, safe combination, car title (and keys), investment accounts, check books, and other assets to make handling their...more

National Healthcare Decision Day: Have you had the conversation?

April 16, 2017 marks the start of National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD) (www.nhdd.org), a week-long, nation-wide event which exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance...more

A Guide To: Challenging a Financial Durable Power of Attorney in Michigan

by Clark Hill PLC on

An estate plan is often conceived as a plan drawn up during one's lifetime with the stated intention of transferring one's property upon death. The most common forms of estate planning documents include Last Wills and...more

National Health Care Decisions Day

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

National Health Care Decisions Day, for its 10th anniversary, is being “celebrated” all week – April 16 – 22, 2017. The event focuses on making health care planning, including healthcare proxies and advance directives/ living...more

QDOT-ting I's and Crossing T's: Estate Tax Planning for Non-United States Citizen Spouses

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Individual and corporate citizens from countries around the world have moved to North Carolina and contributed materially to our state's economic, educational, and cultural growth. Foreign direct investment ("FDI") in North...more

Estate Planning for Families with Children Who Have Special Needs

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Estate planning for families who have children with special needs is similar to estate planning for families who do not have special needs children. From an estate tax perspective, the considerations do not differ. The key,...more

To Ensure a Successful Estate Plan, Take a Holistic Approach

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Delaware Supreme Court has just handed down a decision that dramatically illustrates the need to take a holistic approach to an estate plan to ensure that what you want to happen to your assets when you die, can and...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

Beware The Constructive Trust When Relying On ‘Informal’ Estate Distributions

by Bryan Cave on

We like when families can work out their estate disputes outside of the courtroom. Georgia, for one, embraces the “family settlement doctrine,” where heirs at law can agree to distribute or divide property devised under a...more

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