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Simplified IRS Relief for Same-Sex Couples and Others

On January 27, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service announced in Revenue Procedure 2014-18 a simplified procedure for certain estates to make a late portability election under section 2010(c)(5)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code....more

“Pre-Nup” is not a dirty word

The myth is that merely thinking you need one means you’re contemplating that your marriage is going to fail. We have many things in life to insure against something going wrong, it doesn’t mean it’s expected, but that we’re...more

Marriage and Taxes in 2013

Two significant events in 2013 underscored the nexus of marriage and taxes that make it possible for many couples to radically simplify their estate planning. ...more

Elective Share Changes May Require Estate Planning Updates

Effective October 1, 2013, the elective share rules for persons who die domiciled in North Carolina have been simplified, but for many married couples the simplification will mean a substantial change in the property rights...more

Insight on Estate Planning - October/November 2013: Estate planning for same-sex spouses: What the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling...

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which restricted the definition of “marriage” to a legal union between a man and a woman. Same-sex married couples are now...more

Estate Planning Opportunities Arising from Recent Revenue Ruling Concerning Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

Revenue Ruling 2013-17 - On August 29, 2013, the US Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 (the “Ruling”) holding that, for purposes of...more

Same-Sex Marriage Cases—Planning Opportunities and Pitfalls

The Supreme Court of the United States recently held that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages that are valid under state law, and effectively reinstated same-sex marriage in the state of California. ...more

How Does DOMA Ruling Affect Your Estate and Tax Planning?

The Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor v. U.S. has effectively struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA, retroactively. Here are some tax advantages now available to married same-sex...more

Revisiting Estate Planning Post-DOMA

The Supreme Court issued decisions in two landmark cases involving same-sex marriage on June 26, 2013. In United States v. Windsor, the Court held Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional, which...more

United States v. Windsor: A New Direction in Planning for Same-Sex Couples

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor1 overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"), which had defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.2 As a result, married...more

Estate Planning: Lessons Learned From Hugh Hefner's Third Marriage

Estate Planning: Lessons Learned From Hugh Hefner's Third Marriage Hugh Hefner and girlfriend Crystal Harris got married for a third time on New Years Eve 2012. Hugh Hefner is best known for his Playboy empire And Harris is...more

Civil Union Partnerships: Congratulations And Be Aware

Earlier this year, Governor Pat Quinn signed the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act (the “Civil Union Act”). ...more

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