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

In our previous post, we discussed the advantages of portability as an estate planning tool. However, there are some non-tax reasons why a couple might not opt for planning of this type. Almost all relate in one way or...more

Minnesota Passes Gift Tax Repeal And Estate Tax Revisions

On March 21, Minnesota made multiple gift tax and estate tax revisions. Those include: - Retroactively repealing the Minnesota gift tax that had been imposed since July 1, 2013...more

The "Permanent" Relief Act

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”), setting the unified Federal gift and estate tax exemption at $5 million, indexed for inflation ($5.25 million for 2013, expected to...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 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

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

Wills, Trusts and Estates Newsletter - February 2013

In This Issue: - How to Protect Your Assets as a Business Owner - Separated But Not Divorced: Don’t Wait to Update Your Estate Plan - Tales from the Cliff: Estate Planning Policy for 2013 and Beyond -...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

Tales From The Cliff: Estate Planning Policy For 2013 And Beyond

For those of you watching Congress as 2012 came to a close and wondering what would happen to the economy if we fell off the dreaded “fiscal cliff,” you may feel as though you lost a lot of sleep over nothing. Congress...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

FINALLY…Clarity And Good News On Estate And Gift Taxes

It has often been said that the only things in life that are certain are death and taxes. Until two weeks ago, the “taxes” part of that phrase was not so certain. However, on January 2, 2013 President Obama signed the...more

Effects of the New US Tax Law on Estate Planning

On January 3, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 into law. As a result, for the first time in over 12 years, there is now some certainty in the Federal estate tax, the Federal gift tax and...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

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

On New Year’s Day 2013, to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“2012 Act”). The 2012 Act raises taxes on some taxpayers while retaining most of the provisions enacted...more

2013 Brings Estate, Gift & GST Tax “Permanency” At Last

The uncertainty of the last two years was put to rest on January 2, 2013 when President Obama signed into law the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” (ATRA). The new law saved us from the “Fiscal Cliff” and forestalled...more

Recent tax law changes of 2013

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 into law. Summarized below are highlights of those and other changes to Federal tax laws affecting income, payroll, gift and estate, and...more

Estate Planning Implications of the Fiscal Cliff Deal

After a last-minute deal to avoid the fiscal cliff was passed by Congress on January 1, 2013, President Obama signed into law the new American Taxpayer Relief Act (“ATRA 2012”) on January 2, 2013. ATRA 2012 extends...more

Estate Planning Tax Update

By now you should have all heard that Congress narrowly averted the Country's fall over the "fiscal cliff" at the very last moment (well, actually after the very last moment, but retroactive to the very last moment) by...more

After the Fiscal Cliff — A Summary of the New Federal Gift and Estate Tax Law

Congress took the fiscal cliff negotiations over the brink but was finally able to reach a deal resulting in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“2012 Act”). The 2012 Act makes the estate and gift tax laws “permanent,”...more

Post-Fiscal Cliff Estate Tax Planning: Opportunities Abound

On New Year's Day, Congress acted to make the prior estate and gift tax regime permanent, with one small change - the estate tax rate has been increased from 35% to 40%. The rest of the estate and gift tax regime, including...more

Significant Estate Planning Developments in 2013

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Act) was enacted on January 2, 2013....more

Wealth Management Update Newsletter - January 2013

We Didn't (Quite) Fall off the Cliff, But We Still Have To Clean up the Mess! When the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2012, estate planning practitioners said "good night" to an unprecedented period of working...more

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Stabilizes Federal Estate, Gift and Generation-skipping Transfer Tax Law

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the "2012 Act") — actually passed by Congress on January 1, 2013 — brings welcome stability to federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax law which has been in...more

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