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Trial & Heirs: 5 Estate Planning Stumbling Blocks

Last month, Prince died at the ripe young age of 57. He had no will, as reported by his only full sibling (a sister). She filed for probate of his estate in Minnesota, where he owned a home in Paisley Park. Under Minnesota...more

Paris Court of Appeal Rules on Forced Heirship, US Trusts and Legitimacy of Transforming Real Estate into a Moveable Asset using...

On 11 May 2016 in case no. 14/26247, the Paris Court of Appeal fully confirmed the judgment handed down by the Paris High Court on 2 December 2014 in case no. 10/05228, relating to the estate of Mr Maurice Jarre. By...more

Are You Still Partying Like It’s 1999?

Most of us prefer to do those things that are fun and tend to procrastinate as to things that are the more mundane and that are not so interesting or exciting. Does that describe you?...more

Planning for the $5-$10 Million Couple: Portability or Credit Shelter?

In 2009, each individual had a $3.5 million estate tax exemption. If a married individual had assets over $3.5 million, without careful planning, those assets in excess of $3.5 million would fall subject to a 45% estate tax....more

Americold Realty Tr. v. ConAgra Foods, Inc.: Citizenship of Maryland REITs

In Americold Realty Tr. v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., 136 S. Ct. 1012 (2016), the Supreme Court held that, for purposes of federal diversity jurisdiction, the citizenship of a Maryland real estate investment trust (formed pursuant...more

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Professional Trustee

Your client, as settlor, creates a special needs trust set up for a child or grandchild and needs a professional trustee to administer it. Before hiring a potential trustee, the client should determine whether he or she is...more

Four Lessons Learned from Prince’s Estate (So Far)

Several of the events surrounding the initial administration of Prince’s estate provide lessons applicable to all estate plans, not just celebrity estate plans. If You Don’t Have an Estate Plan, the State Will Write...more

Recent Changes in Testamentary Capacity Rules

Estate planners and litigators face new challenges in light of recent developments in case law and statutory changes affecting the law of testamentary capacity. Gone are the simple rules that estate planners have used for...more

Marital Deduction Trusts and Expatriates – More Questions Than Answers

If an expatriate dies and leaves property to a U.S. citizen or resident spouse, can a marital trust be used to defer or avoid the transfer tax imposed under Section 2801? Both the Code and the Regulations seem to say yes, but...more

Choosing Wisely – Selecting a Trustee

Many people use a revocable trust as part of their estate plan because of its probate avoidance and privacy benefits after death. In addition, many people, whether using a will or a revocable trust, want their beneficiary to...more

Trusts and Estates Group News: Estate Planning Enters the Digital Age

One reality of modern life is our increasing reliance on digital information and services. It’s difficult to take and then order prints of photographs, accumulate travel rewards, book travel, sort through financial records,...more

Recent Changes in Estate Planning Laws May be Cause for Review of Your Estate Plan

Recent change in tax laws have many people rethinking their estate plans. Also, changes in the normal course of life make it a good idea for persons with estates that range from small to large to review wills, trusts, powers...more

Discretionary Trust Interest Held Subject to Federal Tax Lien

Code Section 6321 imposes a federal tax lien for unpaid taxes upon “all property and rights to property, whether real or personal” that belong to the delinquent taxpayer. Is a beneficiary’s interest in a trust a property...more

Prince: Is His Legacy Really Untold?

As we’ve all seen in the news, musician Prince passed away on April 21, 2016 at the age of 57. According to news sources, on April 26, just five days later, one of Prince’s six siblings, his sister Tyka Nelson, filed...more

Living Like a Prince, but not Dying Like One

The media seems to be concerned with two primary subjects lately, and both topics continue to trounce each other in turn on social networks for attention: 1. The presidential elections 2. The death of Prince,...more

Prince: The Lost Legacy of an Estate Plan Untold

You may not have produced over 30 albums, accrued over $300 million and an equivalent amount of fans as Prince, but, like the recent pop star, you too have a legacy that could impact many individuals around you. The term...more

Court Affirms Holding That A Trust Owns Stock That Was Issued To The Trustee In His Individual Capacity

In Dutcher v. Dutcher-Phipps Crane & Rigging, Inc., a trust owned twenty percent of a family limited partnership that in turn owned a family business. No. 08-15-00202-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 3809 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2016, no...more

Estate Planning During Divorce (Part 2) [Video]

The term divorce provokes a number of commonly known thoughts and reactions (i.e. a division of assets, a new - residence, a custody agreement concerning children, and so on). Less obvious is the effect that a divorce may...more

Foreign Financial Asset Reporting - Coming Soon to a Domestic Entity Near You

When Form 8938 reporting for foreign financial assets of U.S. taxpayers was first imposed a few years, only U.S. individuals were subject to it. The IRS has now issued final regulations that will commence reporting by...more

Court Holds That Order Allowing A Successor Trustee And Reinstating A Prior Trustee Is Appealable

In In re Tipps, an elderly woman’s son became trustee of a trust due to her incompetency, and the son and his brother went to a mediation concerning a guardianship proceeding and other issues. No. 05-14-01495-CV, 2016 Tex....more

Is a Trustee Ever Just A Trustee?

Trusts are confusing. Fundamentally, a trust describes a relationship, not a person. Thus, the California Supreme Court has described a trust as “a fiduciary relationship with respect to property in which the person holding...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19384 - State v. Carter - SC19282 - State v. Peeler - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37262 - Dumbauld v. Dumbauld - AC37262 Concurrence -...more

Ten Tips for Preventing Feuds from Wrecking Your Family Business

Passing along a family business can be tricky business. There are a variety of legal, tax, and emotional issues that can complicate the process. A well thought out plan made far in advance of the events requiring the plan is...more

Why the SBA doesn’t like your joint trust: A common estate planning trap for owners of certified small businesses with government...

It is common for business owners to have different attorneys for their estate planning needs and their business law needs – sometimes, the two attorneys don’t even work for the same law firm. This article will review the...more

Multiparticipant Trusts and Conflicting Duties

A recent article in the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal [Volume 50, Number 2, Fall 2015] discussed the phenomena of grantors of trusts "increasingly naming trust protectors, particularly for a trust that may...more

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