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Tales of Hoffman: Postmortem Planning for Actor’s Estate

The tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has given us an opportunity to consider his estate planning, with lessons and strategies for the rest of us....more

New 252 Percent Estate Tax Bracket and Other Tax Changes Affect Wealthy New Yorkers

The revenue portion of the recently passed Executive Budget for 2014–2015 significantly changes New York’s estate tax and the way in which New York taxes the income of certain trusts. ...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

It’s Not Too Late to Use Your Spouse’s Unused Estate Tax Exclusion

In Revenue Procedure 2014-18 the IRS provided an extension of time to those who wished to be sure that a decedent’s surviving spouse could benefit from the concept known as “portability”. In the Procedure, the IRS provides...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

Income Tax Cost Basis Planning

Prior to the recent and significant increases in the federal estate tax exemption amount, many clients engaged in planning the purpose of which was to ensure the use of both spouses’ exemption amount through the use of a...more

The Benefits of Marital Deduction Planning — Even with Portability

As discussed in a prior post, one of the helpful provisions recently added to federal estate tax law allows a surviving spouse to use any “leftover” or “unused” federal estate tax exclusion amount of a deceased spouse. The...more

Implications Of Same-Sex Marriage Decisions By U.S. Supreme Court For Employer-Sponsored Health And Welfare Benefit Plans

Two controversial cases involving same-sex marriage were decided on June 26, 2013 by the United States Supreme Court. ...more

Landmark US Supreme Court Decision May Extend US Tax Benefits to UK Civil Partners

On Wednesday, 26 June 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which limits the definition of “marriage” to “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife” and...more

Legal Alert: Supreme Court Strikes Portion Of DOMA

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a pair of opinions favorable to the gay rights movement, ruling that married same-sex couples are entitled to federal benefits and, by declining to decide a case from...more

The Estate Planning Impact of the Supreme Court’s Ruling on DOMA

As discussed in a recent post, I anticipated that the Supreme Court’s ruling in the matter of United States v. Windsor would have a significant impact on estate planning matters for same-sex married couples. The Court issued...more

New 2013 Estate Tax Laws Warrant Exclusion And Portability In Planning

The new estate laws are challenging to comply with and will require most high net worth individuals to review their existing plan. One of the major issues is how the trust is divided on the death of the first spouse, and who...more

Careful Planning Required to Avoid New York’s Estate Tax

Now that Congress has implemented a relatively large per person federal gift/estate tax exemption (i.e., the per person federal gift/estate tax exemption is $5,250,000 in 2013, indexed for inflation), many think that estate...more

Estate Planning Documents of Married Clients Should Be Reviewed

Estate plans for married clients typically provide first for the surviving spouse, in a manner that avoids estate tax at the first spouse’s death and minimizes that tax at the second spouse’s death....more

Deceased Spousal Unused Exclusion (“DSUE”)—A Planning Opportunity

One of the helpful provisions recently added to federal estate tax law allows a surviving spouse to use any “leftover” or “unused” federal estate tax exclusion amount of a deceased spouse. The federal estate tax exclusion...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

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