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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 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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2017 California Estate and Tax Planning Newsletter

Blank Rome’s annual estate and tax planning newsletter addresses estate planning concepts and techniques that should be considered in 2017 by our clients and friends. Transfer Taxes. The major changes made in 2010 in the...more

Estate Planning – When the Only Certainty is Unpredictability

Donald Trump is now the President, and both chambers of Congress are under Republican control. Thus, we appear to be poised for potentially substantial changes in the estate tax, gift tax, generation-skipping transfer tax,...more

2017 – New Year, New Adjusted Lifetime Federal Estate and Gift Tax Exempt Amount

The annual federal exemption amount for the estate and gift tax has been adjusted to $5,490,000.00 per individual for 2017. This means a married couple will have a combined $10,980,000.00 in 2017. The $5,490,000.00...more

Treasury Department Unofficial Statements on Proposed Section 2704 Regulations

There is a lot of uncertainty whether the Section 2704 proposed regulations will ever be finalized, either due to policy to be set by President-elect Trump, and/or Congressional efforts to block those regulations....more

Estate Tax Impact of Life Insurance Required by Divorce

Please see chart below for more information....more

Estate Planning Newsletter - December 2016

Hinshaw’s Estate Planning Newsletter includes reports on opportunities and challenges that may impact your estate plan. This publication is designed to keep our clients and friends aware of certain opportunities and...more

Ron Aucutt’s “Top Ten” Estate Planning and Estate Tax Developments of 2016

In an always-anticipated annual tradition, Ronald Aucutt, a McGuireWoods partner and co-chair of the firm’s private wealth services group, has identified the following as the top ten estate planning and estate tax...more

Estate Planning Resolutions for the New Year

For many of us, the start of a new year can be a time of empty commitment to self-improvement. Meaningful resolutions are infrequently made and rarely kept. Instead of purchasing a gym membership or pretending that we will...more

2016 Year-End Trusts & Estates Update

As 2016 comes to a close, we would like to share with you a number of recent developments affecting trust and estate planning that may be of interest: Final regulations restricting valuation discounts unlikely to be...more

Potential Transfer Tax Reform and 2016 Year-End Tax Planning Considerations

With the upcoming Republican control of the executive and legislative branches, tax changes are certain to occur. As articulated thus far, President-Elect Donald Trump has proposed the elimination of the federal estate tax in...more

Estate Planning Pitfall: You’re donating high-basis stock to charity

As the end of the year approaches, many may begin thinking about making gifts to qualified charitable organizations as a way to reduce potential estate and income tax liability while supporting a worthy cause. This brief...more

If it’s broken, fix it! Trusts that no longer achieve their objective can be repaired

What with changing life circumstances and new tax laws, not to mention potential mistakes made when an estate plan was first drafted, the trusts used in the plan may now be “broken.” This article details why trusts break and...more

Personal Planning Strategies - December 2016

2017 Estate, Gift and GST Tax Update: What This Means for Your Current Will, Revocable Trust and Estate Plan - As we previously reported, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the "Act") made the following permanent:...more

Estate Planning NOW: Preparing for a New Government

It’s impossible to predict what any future president will do, or what Congress will approve. But in light of comments president-elect Donald J. Trump made on the campaign trail, and given that Grand Old Party members will...more

What Proposed Tax Plans by Trump Administration and House Republicans Mean for Personal Planning

The election of Donald Trump and Republican majorities in U.S. Congress make the future of the federal transfer tax system (gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes) uncertain. President-elect Trump and...more

2016 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In 2016, we continued to experience a period of relative stability in our federal transfer tax system and have been able to plan without expecting imminent significant changes to the system. Under the American Taxpayer Relief...more

Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts: A Potential Win-Win for Your Assets

In this final installment in our three-part series, we discuss the planning technique known as Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts (CLATs). Like Intra-Family Loans and Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs) described in previous...more

Trump and the Death Tax

Donald Trump’s tax plan calls for elimination of the “death tax,” which refers to the federal estate and generation-skipping transfer (“GST”) taxes, and may include the federal gift tax. His plan also calls for imposition of...more

Estate Planning for Family Businesses

Estate planning for closely held family businesses could be significantly affected by proposed regulations that have been published by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS proposed regulations and their effect on...more

Trust and Estate: Family Feud — Hollywood May Call It Entertainment But It Is No Laughing Matter for Family Businesses, Part II...

INTRODUCTION - As discussed in Part One of this article, statistics show that most family-owned businesses fail after a generation or two. Specifically, only 30% of family-owned businesses survive the transition from...more

Two (out of Three) Gift and Estate Tax Exclusion Amounts Will Inch Up in 2017

Around this time every year, the IRS looks at whether there has been a year-over-year increase in the Consumer Price Index and announces inflation adjustments to the federal gift and estate tax exclusion amounts for the...more

New Jersey Repeals Estate Tax

As a result of new legislation, New Jersey has eliminated its estate tax as of January 1, 2018. Under the estate tax, New Jersey levies a tax on all assets of a decedent’s estate in excess of $675,000 (except assets passing...more

Proposed Regs May Limit US Estate Plan

On August 2, 2016, the US Treasury issued long-awaited pro- posed regulations under Code section 2704 that make comprehensive and very significant changes to the valuation of interests in many family-controlled entities for...more

Important Ruling for Residents of Massachusetts Owning Assets in Other States and Countries

TAXES ON ASSETS IN JURISDICTIONS WITH NO ESTATE TAXES - Since 2001, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue ("DOR") has held that persons in Massachusetts who pass away owning real estate or valuable tangibles located in...more

The 5% Solution: IRS Revenue Procedure 2016-42 Provides Relief for the Probability of Exhaustion Test

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts (CRATs) can be a very effective charitable planning tool. Choosing to fund a CRAT can remove assets from the estate of the donor, provide a reliable income stream for a family member and...more

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