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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 -

Alan Thicke Estate Dispute Highlights Pre-litigation Threats

by LeClairRyan on

Actor Alan Thicke – best known for his role on the TV show Growing Pains – passed away at the end of 2016, leaving behind a dispute between two of his sons and his third wife. ...more

Mom Always Knew Best

"Amy, I really need to talk to you about something important." My mom said this to me weeks after we found out that her cancer, which she battled for over five years, had returned. My mom and I were very close and talked...more

Court Addresses Breach Of Fiduciary Duty and Partition Issues In Trust Dispute

by Winstead PC on

In Koda v. Rossi, a mother created a trust that provided that her son was to serve as trustee and that she, he, and a daughter were the beneficiaries. No. 11-15-0150-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 8194 (Tex. App.—Eastland August...more

Estate Planning Pitfall - You chose your executor too hastily

Haste makes waste. Or, in the case of estate planning, it can lead to other problems and, possibly, financial loss. Notably, if you don’t take enough time to choose the executor for your estate, the “wrong call” can cost your...more

The Story Of The $4 Billion Surcharge Case Against JPMorgan

A Dallas jury last month issued a verdict of more than $5 billion against JPMorgan Chase for various breaches of fiduciary duties – by any measure an enormous damages award in a probate case and reportedly the largest in...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

ABLE accounts benefit disabled family members

For families with disabled loved ones who are potentially eligible for means-tested government benefits such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income, estate planning can be a challenge. One potential tool is to open a...more

Tips for Harmonious Joint Family Ownership of Vacation Properties

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

With proper planning, owning vacation property with other family members can be a pleasant and even bonding experience. The key is to determine, as early as possible, what the parties expect and desire from the property...more

TIGTA Determines Improvements Are Needed In Estate And Gift Examination Processes

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

TIGTA recently released a report discusses their audit of the IRS’s estate and gift tax examination procedures. TIGTA made eight recommendations of changes to the estate and gift tax examination process. The bulk of TIGTA’s...more

Planning ahead after a divorce

For those in the middle of a divorce, the last thing on their mind is a review of their estate plan. However, a major life change, such as a divorce, is a critical time to update an estate plan so that wishes are carried out...more

Social Security benefits: When is the right time to begin receiving payments?

For those nearing the age when they can begin receiving Social Security benefits, it’s important to understand how the timing of applying for benefits can affect monthly payments. This article explains what factors to...more

Withdrawal of Proposed Tax Regulations Affecting Availability of Valuation Discounts to Family Business Owners

In September and December of last year, we posted blog articles discussing the Treasury Department’s issuance of proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code (sometimes referred to as the 2704 proposed...more

Proposed Section 2704 Regulations to be Withdrawn

by Butler Snow LLP on

Remember all that time and energy you put into figuring out what the proposed regulations under Section 2704 were all about? Well, you’re going to want to try to find a way to get that back. The proposed regulations, the...more

IRS and Treasury Department Announce Withdrawal of Proposed 2704 Regulations

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On October 4, 2017, in its Second Report to the President Identifying and Reducing Tax Regulatory Burdens the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that it is recommending the complete withdrawal of the proposed 2704...more

The Wrong Estate Executor Can Make Family Drama Worse, As Jerry Garcia’s Heirs Discovered

When Grateful Dead legend Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack in 1995 at age 53, he left his assets to his third wife, three daughters by two ex-wives, a fourth daughter by a former girlfriend, and a step-daughter, among...more

Treasury Plans to Pull Unpopular Discount Regulation

As discussed earlier this summer, Treasury and the IRS identified as a burdensome regulation the Proposed Regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code, which regulations would severely impact discounts on gifts...more

Insight on Estate Planning - October/November 2017

In This Issue: - Social Security benefits When is the right time to begin receiving payments? - Planning ahead after a divorce - ABLE accounts benefit disabled family members - Estate planning pitfall: You chose...more

What is an Estate Executor’s Role?

Often when a person is appointed to serve as the executor (if there was a will) or administrator (if there was not a will) of a family member or friend’s estate they have not had experience with the role or process. This post...more

Business Succession for Real Estate Companies

Planning for a business succession – sale or transition of a business to new owners – is as important as planning for business formation or business operations. In our experience, however, planning for business succession is...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

Avoiding Tax and Legal Missteps: 4 Takeaways

On September 20, Peterson Sullivan and Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt partnered to host a seminar titled Avoiding Tax and Legal Missteps for the Construction Industry. Below are some of the key takeaways to consider...more

Tax Law Uncertainty Should Not Delay Farming Business Succession Planning

by Downey Brand LLP on

President Trump promised and will pursue tax reform, but Congress must agree to any proposal. For the most part, a majority vote in both houses would allow tax reform for about a decade, and at least sixty Senate votes would...more

Three Critical Legal Documents Every Parent of a College Student Should Get in Place As Soon As Possible

As a soon-to-be college freshman many years ago, I was preoccupied with selecting roommates, finding bacteria-resistant shower shoes, and dreaming about the incredible freedom my 18-year-old adult self would have. Of course,...more

Projected Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions for 2018 – How Much Can You Transfer?

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The Consumer Price Index was released by the Labor Department in August 2017. Not everyone anxiously awaits the release of these numbers but the experts have now made estimates of how they will impact estate, gift, and...more

Section 7C

by Hogan Lovells on

Raising the red flag on low interest and interest free loans to trusts - Over the years, trusts have consistently proved to be a reliable and attractive vehicle for many, offering flexibility and benefits with regard to...more

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