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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IRS Proposes Rules That Would Dramatically Reduce Valuation Discounts in Family Business Succession Planning

Business Owners May Have Little Time to Act Before Rules Are Finalized - The valuation of a family member's interest in a family business has a major impact on the success or failure of a transfer of such interest to...more

Password (Sharing) Risks Persist for Fiduciaries and Family Members

In May, I posted about “Estate Planning in the Digital Age” and mentioned the practical limitations of shared passwords as a means of digital estate planning.  Recent cases suggest that relying only on password sharing, even...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

IRS Proposes New Rules for Valuing Interests in Family-Owned Businesses

Earlier this month, the IRS issued long-awaited proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code that, if adopted, will have a substantial impact on traditional estate planning techniques commonly utilized...more

IRS Proposes Regulations That Will Eliminate Most Valuation Discounts on Family-Owned Entities

On August 2, 2016, the IRS issued proposed regulations that would eliminate or limit the use of certain valuation discounts regularly applied when valuing interests in family-owned entities for gift and estate tax...more

Is Your Will Up to Date? - Trusts and Estates Update Volume 2016, Issue 1

Once again, a celebrity dies, and people are shocked that he died without a will. Just this past April, after the death of the well-known artist Prince, we learned that he did not have a will, and controversy is swirling...more

IRS Proposes New Regulations That Will Significantly Limit the Use of Valuation Discounts on Transfers of Interests in Closely...

The proposed regulations disregard restrictions that have been used by valuation experts and acknowledged by the courts to reduce valuations. If you are an owner of a closely held entity, recently proposed Treasury...more

Proposed Section 2704 Regulations

On August 2, 2016, the Treasury Department released proposed regulations amending and expanding upon the current regulations to Internal Revenue Code Section 2704. The proposed regulations, if adopted, would affect the...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Affecting Valuations of Family-Owned Companies

On August 2, 2016, the IRS released Proposed Regulations under section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (“Code”). Those Proposed Regulations, which were published in the Federal Register August 4, 2016, make...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Third Quarter

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING - Category Management: What Contractors Need to Know - In December 2014, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced a new initiative called Category Management. This policy could...more

Proposed IRS regulations will limit valuation discounts for family-held entities

On August 2, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released proposed regulations that, when finalized, will affect clients holding and transferring interests in family-controlled entities. Family limited partnerships...more

Proposed IRS Rules Endanger Business Valuation Discounts for Family-Owned Entities

Historically, the IRS has closely scrutinized transfers of interests in family-owned entities between family members. In particular, it has sought to curtail the use of discounts to decrease the estate and gift tax value of...more

Be Careful with Living Trusts that Own S Corporation Stock

In many states, Living Trusts are a person’s key estate planning document. Living Trusts are created to hold assets during life and then dispose of those assets at death according to the person’s directions (here, we will...more

Proposed Regulations May Substantially Reduce the Availability of Valuation Discounts for Interfamily Transfers of Business...

On August 2, 2016, the Treasury Department published Proposed Regulations to Chapter 14 of the Internal Revenue Code which, if adopted, may substantially reduce the availability of valuation discounts for inter-family...more

Pre-immigration and Non-U.S. Resident Planning

Foreign individuals who intend to permanently reside in the U.S., or do not intend to reside in the U.S. but intend to own U.S. property, need considerable legal and tax planning. The definition of “U.S. property” for...more

Important news for family-held businesses: IRS proposes imminent changes in family valuation discounts

On August 2, 2016, the Treasury Department issued Proposed Regulations to Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code. These proposed regulations are directed at family controlled entities (many of which hold operating...more

Recognizing Signs of Elder Abuse (and Traits of Elder Abusers)

My goal in this blog post is to discuss character traits of elder abusers so that you can recognize them and hopefully protect yourself, your family, and your friends. I’ve handled over 100 estate disputes, and in a sizeable...more

Federally Proposed Rules to Increase Tax Cost of Family-Entity Transfers

The federal government proposed sweeping new tax rules earlier this month that would dramatically affect family businesses, investment partnerships and other entities.  These rules, which have been widely reported, would...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations To Affect Family Wealth Transfers

On August 2, 2016 the U.S. Treasury Department issued proposed regulations addressing transfers between family members of interests in family-controlled entities (e.g., corporations, partnerships and LLCs). If enacted, these...more

Estate Planning During and After Divorce

At a minimum, we recommend that our clients review their existing estate planning documents every few years, and also when big life changes are happening. Going through a divorce is one of those times. ...more

Practice Aid – A Redlined Version of the Proposed Section 2701 and 2704 Regulations

These proposed regulations are difficult enough in substance to deal with, without having to piece together the changes that they make to the existing regulations. Maybe there is a redlined version out there already, but I...more

Medicaid Update: Treatment of a Residence Held in Revocable Trust

Many of our clients whom have created revocable trusts have “funded” their trusts with ownership of their real property. Transferring real estate to a revocable trust is one way to ensure a predictable, private, and efficient...more

Proposed Section 2704 Regulations Would Impose Significant Restrictions on Valuation Discount Planning for Family Controlled...

High net worth families often utilize family entity structures, such as limited partnerships or limited liability companies, in order to provide for the coordinated management of family assets and move wealth to younger...more

IRS Plans to Disallow Minority Interest Discounts for Family-Controlled Entities; Action May Be Required Before Year-End

Gifts and bequests of interests in family-owned companies have traditionally been valued at their fair market values for purposes of calculating the gift or estate tax on the transfer. In valuing these transfers, there is...more

Game Changer? Succession Planning Targeted by IRS

The Department of the Treasury wants to place limitations on valuation discounts that are currently commonly used to reduce asset values in family-owned and closely-held businesses, in an effort to increase tax revenue. The...more

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