Estate Planning American Taxpayer Relief Act

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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2013 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In this issue - - Federal Estate, GST and Gift Tax Rates - Annual Gift Tax Exclusion - Federal Income Tax Rates - President’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2014 - Important Planning...more

Income Tax Cost Basis Planning

Prior to the recent and significant increases in the federal estate tax exemption amount, many clients engaged in planning the purpose of which was to ensure the use of both spouses’ exemption amount through the use of a...more

Insight on Estate Planning - Year End 2013: Can portability help preserve retirement benefits?

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) made the estate tax exemption “portability” feature permanent. This allows a surviving spouse to take advantage of a deceased spouse’s unused federal gift and estate tax...more

Insight on Estate Planning - Year End 2013

In This Issue: - State death taxes can be hazardous to your estate - Can portability help preserve retirement benefits? - Provide for family members with special needs using an SNT - Estate...more

Insight on Estate Planning - August/September 2013: Making gifts still matters, even after ATRA

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) eliminated much of the uncertainty that plagued estate planning for years by making two key provisions “permanent”: the $5 million gift and estate tax exemption (adjusted...more

Now is the Time for Business Succession Planning

Toward the end of 2012, many families with wealth tied to a family business were faced with a choice: 1) avail themselves of the expiring $5.12 million estate and gift tax exemption by gifting interests in their family...more

2013 Estate Planning – Still Not The Time To Be Complacent

The end of 2012 saw an unprecedented surge of activity for estate planning attorneys and advisors counseling clients to implement estate plans before the 2013 changes in the law, which would have reduced gift and estate tax...more

Estate Planning with Portability: Not a Panacea

When Congress resolved the fiscal cliff crisis early this year, it brought permanence to estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax laws that had been in flux for over a decade. In short, the American Taxpayer Relief...more

Estate Planning Insight: Estate Planning After The American Taxpayer Relief Act Of 2012

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) was signed into law on January 2, 2013, ending twelve years of uncertainty concerning the federal estate, gift and generation-skipping tax rates and exemptions....more

Estate Plans May No Longer Need Credit Shelter Trusts

The 2012 Tax Relief Act provides an exemption from federal estate tax of $5,250,000 inflation indexed per spouse that is portable between spouses. If the first spouse to die does not use in whole or in part her or his...more

Estate Planning Implications of American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

The American Taxpayer Relief Act (the Act), which was passed by Congress on January 1, 2013 and signed into law by President Obama on January 2, has finally provided some permanence to the transfer tax laws....more

Insight on Estate Planning - February/March 2013: Fiscal cliff deal brings some certainty to estate planning

Congress’s eleventh-hour deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” produced the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA). The act focuses on income taxes, but it also provides much-needed certainty for people engaged in estate...more

Wealth Management Update - February 2013

In This Issue: - February Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - IRS Issues Revenue Procedure 2013-15 - Private Letter Ruling...more

Termination of Credit Shelter Trusts

As discussed in a previous article, due to higher estate tax exemption, certain trusts previously established for purposes of avoiding estate taxes under the estate plan of a predeceased spouse may no longer be necessary in...more

Estate Planning After the American Taxpayer Relief Act

Congress adopted the American Taxpayer Relief Act (the Act), effective January 1, 2013. The Act made permanent tax rates and exemptions for estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes. Prior laws incorporated...more

Estate Planning Considerations: Documentation and Peace of Mind

With the introduction of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Act), the world of estate planning has been injected with a dose of certainty after more than 10 years of uncertainty as to federal estate, gift and...more

Alert: Estate Planning - January 2013

For the first time in more than a decade, clients and advisors can plan their estates with a significant degree of certainty. The new tax law passed by Congress on January 1, 2013 and signed into law by President Obama...more

The Estate Planner - January/February 2013

In This Issue: - Tax deal reshapes estate planning landscape - Are your children prepared to handle your wealth? - Planning your digital legacy - Estate Planning Red Flag: You’re married and relocating into or out...more

2013 Tax Update Letter

Dear Clients and Colleagues: This letter provides you with a summary of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) with respect to the key estate and gift tax provisions, and presents some thoughts on wealth...more

2013 Estate Planning Update

As 2012 drew to a close, your estate planning attorney's attention was diverted from the ball drop in Times Square to whether Congress would drop the ball with respect to the fiscal cliff. Congress, however, passed the...more

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Review Your Estate Plan in 2013

Each year, at this time, we remind our clients of the importance of keeping their estate planning documents up to date. With the avoidance of the tax side of the “Fiscal Cliff” and the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief...more

What the “Fiscal Cliff” Resolution Means for Personal Estate Planning

For the first time in 12 years, the estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax law does not have a built-in expiration date in the United States. Congress has exempted all estates below approximately $5 million ($10...more

Fiscal Cliff Deal Preserves Enhanced Conservation Easement Tax Benefits

Conservation easements are an effective tool for tax and estate planning and there are significant tax benefits to implementing them in 2013....more

Estate Planning & Federal Tax Update - Winter 2013

With the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “ATRA ”) passed and the fiscal cliff safely averted, the time has come to turn your attention to your estate plan. What Did the ATRA Accomplish? The fiscal cliff...more

Estate Planning After the Fiscal Cliff Deal

Now that a deal averting the fiscal cliff has finally been reached, many of the tax and planning issues that have been mired in uncertainty for the past two years (and even longer in some cases) may be resolved. Numerous tax...more

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