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Michigan’s Legislature Passes Significant Laws During the Last Days of 2016

by Dickinson Wright on

In late 2016, Michigan lawmakers passed a good deal of new legislation. One of the laws, the Qualified Dispositions in Trusts Act, enables an individual (the “settlor”) to create a trust that, in certain circumstances, can...more

Wealth Management Update - September 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

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

The fiducie-sûreté: the most effective French security interest?

by Reed Smith on

The fiducie has been the subject of increased interest by lenders over the past few years in France. Even though there is no significant case law supporting this, some academics have gone so far as to refer to this mechanism...more

The Case of the Vanishing Guaranty—Issues Facing Commercial Real Property Lenders Regarding Revocable Trust Borrowers

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

I have recently received numerous questions from commercial lender clients regarding structuring and enforcing commercial real property loans involving revocable trusts. Their concerns have largely centered on how to...more

Personal Planning Strategies - July 2015

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

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

Trust Matters Update - May 2015

by DLA Piper on

The Trust Matters Update is a periodical summary of cases, case comments, consultations, publications, legislative developments, legal updates, articles and news in the area of trust law and related issues. 1. Can...more

Does the settlor of a trust have standing to seek its enforcement in the courts?

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

As a general rule, any beneficiary of a trust would have standing to seek its enforcement in the courts. The Restatement (Third) of Trusts is sending mixed signals as to whether the settlor of a trust, qua settlor, would have...more

The Uniform Trust Code’s stealth attack on the Trustee’s time-honored duty to defend his trust

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

One of the critical duties of a trustee traditionally has been to defend his trust against internal attacks. By that I mean to defend the trust against those who, in contravention of the settlor’s intentions as expressed in...more

Tax Law Blog: Iowa Trust Industry Breathes a Sigh of Relief after the Supreme Court's Reversal in Trimble

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

On January 25, 2013, trustees around the state breathed a sigh of relief after the Iowa Supreme Court reversed the district court’s controversial decision in the trust case of In the matter of Trust #T-1 of Mary Fay Trimble....more

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