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Governor Kasich Signs House Bill 229 to Create Ohio Family Trust Company Act

On June 14, 2016, Governor Kasich signed House Bill 229 into law. The bill, which was over two years in the making, allows an Ohio family to establish its own trust company to serve as trustee for its family trusts. The...more

Fold ‘Em or All-In? A Dealer’s Guide to Succession Planning

Bet, fold, bluff, raise, and all-in. These are all common words when playing a game of poker, or as some call it, Texas Hold’em. Would you believe that just as with playing poker, these words could also be used when talking...more

Jarmoc and Jarmoc: A Modern-day Bleak House?

A family feud recently unfolded in the Connecticut probate court, a typical venue for family feuds to play out after the death of a successful business owner. That is the case especially when a contested will is produced...more

Business Succesion Planning - March 2016

The transition of a family owned or closely-held business is an important event for families. In a prior article, we covered the issues that a business owner faces in general in preparing a succession plan. This article will...more

Don’t Put Off Succession Planning for the Family Farm

With the fall harvest complete for most farmers, now is a good time to give some thought to an estate plan and farm succession plan. As farmers know, maintaining a profitable farm operation is difficult. It can become a...more

Business Succession Planning - February 2016

The transition of a family owned or closely-held business is a significant undertaking even with the best laid plan. This article will outline the issues that should be considered by the business owner in transitioning a...more

Business Succession Planning - January 2016

The transition of a family owned or closely-held business involves a variety of legal and tax issues. This goals of this process, however, should be focused on issues that are just as important – if not more important – than...more

Keeping the “Family” in Family Business: Succession of Ownership Does Not Always Mean Succession of Control and Income

As family business owners often are advised, business succession planning should include some form of estate planning. This advice is especially true when an owner wishes to transfer a business to future generations by gift...more

The European Succession Regulation: Important New Estate Planning Risks and Opportunities for Americans Living, Investing or...

The European Succession Regulation (the "Regulation"), also known as Brussel IV, enacted on July 4, 2012, became effective on August 17, 2015. The Regulation, which has been adopted by 25 countries throughout the European...more

Updating Estate Plan Ensures Its Accuracy, Relevance, Effectiveness

Most people are generally aware of the importance of getting an estate plan in place. Regardless of who you are, you can benefit from an estate plan, whether it be a simple or complex one. For family business owners, of...more

Five Legal Documents Every Family Business Should Have (and Use)

Every business is different. Certainly, every family is different. But family businesses, as a group, share certain challenges and opportunities. In order to ensure their businesses survive, thrive and grow, leaders of family...more

Weak Succession Planning Remains a Problem

Back in January, I wrote that “few things are more important to a company’s success than identifying, hiring and retaining an effective CEO,” and yet many boards of directors pay scant attention to succession planning. (See...more

Changes May Lie Ahead for Certain Wealth Transfer and Succession Planning Strategies

In March, the Department of Treasury issued the administration's 2015 fiscal year revenue proposals for the federal government. Those proposals are described in General Explanations of the Administration's Fiscal Year 2015...more

The Use Of Trusts In Business Succession Planning

INTRODUCTION - The transition of a family owned or closely-held business is an important event for estate planning clients. Historically, the use of trusts has played an important role in business succession planning....more

"The Estate Planner" – September/October 2013

In this issue: - The GRAT: A limited time offer? - International relations: Estate planning for noncitizens - Avoid probate to keep your estate private - Estate Planning Red Flag – You Don’t Have...more

Now is the Time for Business Succession Planning

Toward the end of 2012, many families with wealth tied to a family business were faced with a choice: 1) avail themselves of the expiring $5.12 million estate and gift tax exemption by gifting interests in their family...more

If You Don’t Have a Multi-Generational Estate Plan, Get One Now!

You’ve worked hard to expand the family business in San Mateo, California, after you took over the reins from your father, who decided to retire a few years ago. Now, you’re reaching the point in life when you’re beginning to...more

Estate Planning Insight: Estate Planning After The American Taxpayer Relief Act Of 2012

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) was signed into law on January 2, 2013, ending twelve years of uncertainty concerning the federal estate, gift and generation-skipping tax rates and exemptions....more

Insight on Estate Planning - February/March 2013: Strong governance enhances a family business’s value

Too often, family members view their business as a source of wealth without making sure that the company is managed by those best suited for the job. Good governance — carefully documented in writing — can help ensure a...more

The University Of Miami’s Heckerling Institute On Estate Planning Conference

The University of Miami School of Law recently completed its presentation of the 47th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning. The Institute, which has been held in Orlando for the last several years is the nation’s...more

Estate Planning: Lessons Learned From Dear Abby Columnist Pauline Friedman Phillips

Estate Planning: Lessons Learned From Dear Abby Columnist Pauline Friedman Phillips Pauline Friedman Phillips died in January 2013 at the age of 94 of natural causes after years of battling Alzheimer’s disease. Phillips...more

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