Irrevocable Trusts

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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

Gift giving made easy - Annual exclusion reduces your taxable estate

How can a person reduce the size of his or her taxable estate? There are many ways to accomplish this objective, including the use of irrevocable trusts and other sophisticated estate planning techniques. But one of the most...more

Wealth Management Update - October 2016

October Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The October Section 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs,...more

Exclusion for Qualified Small Business Stock

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act, passed in December 2015, extended an often overlooked provision of the tax code with the potential to provide significant savings to small business owners and non-corporate...more

New IRS Guidance Allows More People to Use Charitable Trusts

Have you heard? More people can now use charitable remainder annuity trusts thanks to new IRS guidance in the form of Revenue Procedure 2016-42, issued recently....more

Spouse’s Trust Interest Shielded from Division in Divorce

Hi there, I continue to be amazed by the distinguished group of divorce and probate lawyers I have the privilege to work with at Burns & Levinson. Today’s decision on Pfannenstiehl v. Pfannenstiehl, a case which will...more

Double Down! - Inter-Generational Split Dollar Throws Sand in the Face of the IRS Again

Recently I wrote an article on JD Supra called Split to Be Tied (May 4, 2016) regarding the Tax Court decision in Estate of Morrissette, (Estate of Clara M. Morrissette v. Commissioner, 146 T.C. No. 11 (April 13, 2016)). Once...more

T&E Litigation Newsletter- July 2016 #1

Two decisions issued in June will be of interest to probate litigators and estate planning lawyers. The Massachusetts Appeals Court issued a decision in late June with an interesting twist on the burden required to...more

T&E Litigation Newsletter- May 2016

In the past month, there were three decisions of note. First, in the case of Caffrey v. U.S. Trust, Case No. 15-P-920, 2016 Mass. App. Unpub. LEXIS 454 (Apr. 27, 2016), the Appeals Court was confronted with the question...more

Choosing Wisely – Selecting a Trustee

Many people use a revocable trust as part of their estate plan because of its probate avoidance and privacy benefits after death. In addition, many people, whether using a will or a revocable trust, want their beneficiary to...more

Family Vacation Home Planning

Transferring a family vacation home to the next generation without causing family strife takes serious planning. Even if the ultimate decision is to have the children own the property outright and figure out how to make it...more

How to Protect Your Personal Treasure in a Legal Lockbox

When you are in a high-profile profession—doctor, attorney, business owner—you have a lot to lose. Being in your position, you are a high liability target for lawsuits and claims. No one wants to lose their...more

Massachusetts High Court to Determine Whether a Spouse’s Trust Interest Can Be Reached in Divorce

On April 5, 2016, the collective eyes of Massachusetts divorce attorneys and estate planners were fixed on the Supreme Judicial Court, where the highly-anticipated oral arguments on “further appellate review” of Pfannenstiehl...more

Court Affirmed Holding That Trust Owned Real Estate And Was Entitled To Attorney’s Fees

In Courtade v. Estrada, Estrada created an inter vivos irrevocable trust and deeded real estate into the trust. No. 02-14-00295-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 3105 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth March 24, 2016, no pet. history). Two days...more

[Webinar] Estate Planning 101: Key Concepts including Top Trends to Know Now - March 16th, 2:00pm EDT

“Because there are many issues that you may not think are involved in estate planning, it is recommended that everyone have an estate plan so that a lifetime of wealth and sentimental assets are distributed in the manner you...more

Wealth Management Update - February 2016

February Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The February § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

2015 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

The end of the year is quickly approaching. Outlined below are reminders about a number of tax planning opportunities that, if you have not already done so, you may want to take advantage of before year-end. Also outlined...more

Is the Charitable Deduction for Trusts Limited to Adjusted Basis?

No, says a U.S District Court. An irrevocable trust received distributions from a partnership in one year and purchased property. In a later year it contributed the property to a qualified charity, after the property...more

Wealth Management Update - November 2015

November Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The November § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

Is the Irrevocable Trust Really Irrevocable?

I often meet with clients who have established an irrevocable trust or are beneficiaries of an irrevocable trust established by a deceased family member. Usually, these clients believe that the terms governing these trusts...more

Wealth Management Update - October 2015

October Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The October § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

Domestic Partnership Agreements: Survivor’s Rights on Death

This is the fifth installment of a seven-part series. Florida law provides for various death benefits if a married person predeceases his or her spouse and they have no premarital or postnuptial agreement. For unmarried...more

The Ray Charles’s Foundation Doesn’t Have to “Hit the Road Jack”: Ninth Circuit Permits Foundation to Challenge the Validity of...

On July 31, 2015, the Ninth Circuit reversed the Central District of California’s dismissal of an action brought by the Ray Charles Foundation, seeking, among other things, a judicial determination of the validity and...more

Ray Charles Foundation v. Robinson - USCA, Ninth Circuit, July 31, 2015

Ninth Circuit reverses lower court’s dismissal for lack of standing of action brought by Ray Charles Foundation, finding that Foundation, sole beneficiary of music legend’s estate, had standing to challenge validity of...more

The Estate Planner – July/August 2015

In This Issue: - Can a Broken Trust be Fixed? - Keep it in the Family: Use an intrafamily loan to cover estate taxes - Tax Court: Trust Can Materially Participate in a Business - Estate Planning...more

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