Estate Tax Estate Planning

Estate taxes, also known as inheritance or death taxes, are taxes on an individual's right to transfer property at death.
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Trust and Estate: Changes made to the Florida Uniform Transfers to Minors Act

Every spring, the Florida legislature meets in regular session, and seemingly in every session significant changes are made to Florida’s trust and estate laws. Once again in 2015 changes were made to the Florida Uniform...more

Potential Limitations on Gift Tax Strategies Coming Soon

Valuation discounts have been a significant component of estate planning for many years. By contributing assets to a family entity and gifting or selling an interest in the entity to family members, you can effectively...more

Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples After Obergefell

Many areas of the law are left unanswered by Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell , but the fundamental question of whether same-sex individuals can marry has now been answered. There have traditionally been many obstacles...more

Make net gifts to reduce your gift tax rate

Lifetime giving is a smart strategy to reduce a taxable estate, but the gift tax rate of 40% is steep. If one has used up his or her $5.43 million gift and estate tax exemption and would like to potentially reduce his or her...more

Some Tax Implications of Same Sex Marriage

By now, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges holding that the Fourteenth Amendment requires all states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex has been widely reported upon, including in...more

Premarital planning - Protecting your assets without a prenup

Protecting family assets in the event of a divorce is particularly significant for family business owners, who typically want to avoid sharing ownership with their ex-spouses or their children’s ex-spouses. A prenuptial...more

Recent Cases of Interest to Fiduciaries

In re Estate of House, 2014 Wash. App. LEXIS 3006 (Wash. Ct. App. 2014) - A release waiving any and all claims that the parties may have or may acquire, bars recovery for unknown claims existing at the time the release...more

Personal Planning Strategies - July 2015

Income Tax Considerations of Estate Planning Are More Important Than Ever - Gifting assets during life will reduce the size of your taxable estate at death and, correspondingly, reduce your estate tax liability. But with...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Same-Sex Marriage To Be a Fundamental Right

The United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (2015) on June 26, 2015. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage...more

New Maine Budget Brings Significant Change to Estate Tax Law

With Tuesday’s override of Governor LePage’s veto of Maine’s 2016-2017 budget, the Legislature has approved a significant change to the state’s estate tax law. The Maine estate tax exemption amount for individuals dying in or...more

Low Interest Rate Is High Time for Some Estate Planning Ideas

When practitioners and clients think of estate planning, several goals typically come to mind: (1) identifying family members and charitable organizations to whom or for whose benefit assets are to be given; (2) ensuring that...more

Estate tax relief for family businesses

If a substantial portion of a person’s wealth is tied up in a family or closely held business, he or she may be concerned that the estate will lack sufficient liquid assets to pay estate taxes. If that’s the case, heirs may...more

Does a private annuity have a place in your estate plan?

A private annuity can be a powerful strategy for passing assets to heirs in a tax-efficient manner. In a typical private annuity transaction, a parent transfers property to his or her children in exchange for their unsecured...more

The basics of basis: Basis planning can result in significant tax savings

Because the gift and estate tax exemption is at a record high of $5.43 million for 2015, many people have shifted their focus from estate planning to income tax planning. An understanding of basis — and the benefits of the...more

Insight on Estate Planning - June/July 2015

In This Issue: - The basics of basis: Basis planning can result in significant tax savings - Does a private annuity have a place in your estate plan? - Estate tax relief for family businesses - Estate Planning...more

Tax Law Blog: Legislature Passes Bill Affecting Iowa Trusts and Estates

The Iowa Legislature just passed House File 661, which was proposed by the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Iowa State Bar Association and supported by the Iowa Academy of Trusts and Estates Lawyers. ...more

Estate Planning for Non-U.S. Citizens

In This Presentation: - Basic Rules - Determination of Residency for Estate Tax purposes - Tax Rules - Estate and Gift Tax Treaties - Asset Situs Rules - Taxation of Life Insurance...more

Ten Reasons To Review Your Estate Plan Today

It is important to review your existing estate plan periodically to determine if it continues to meet the needs of your family and appropriately addresses tax considerations in light of ongoing changes in federal and state...more

Avoid state income taxes with an incomplete nongrantor trust

Now that the federal gift and estate tax exemption has reached an inflation-adjusted $5.43 million, many people are shifting their estate planning focus to income tax reduction. One potentially attractive strategy for...more

Estate planning for personal property: Why you should sweat the small stuff

When planning their estates, most people focus on major assets, such as business interests, real estate, investments and retirement plans. But it’s also important to “sweat the small stuff” — tangible personal property. This...more

Insight on Estate Planning - April/May 2015

In This Issue: - Estate planning for personal property: Why you should sweat the small stuff - How flexible is your estate plan? - Avoid state income taxes with an incomplete nongrantor trust - Estate...more

Tom Brady: Give Malcolm that Truck!

I am not much of a true football fan. I have little interest in Monday night games, player stats, or the draft. But as a true New Englander, in support of my family and friends who love the Patriots, I’ll always make a point...more

2015 Estate And Gift Tax Update

On October 30, 2014, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2014-61, which announced inflation adjustments to the applicable exclusion amount beginning in 2015. For an estate of any decedent dying during calendar year 2015, the...more

Should You Transfer Unused Gift and Estate Tax Exemptions to a Surviving Spouse? (Part I)

The word "portability" in an estate tax context refers to the ability to transfer a deceased spouse's unused gift and estate tax "exemption" (technically known as the "basic exclusion amount" or the "BEA") to the surviving...more

Now’s the time for a charitable lead trust

Affluent families who wish to give to charity while minimizing gift and estate taxes should consider a charitable lead trust (CLT). These trusts are most effective in a low-interest-rate environment, so conditions for taking...more

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