Trusts

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

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

Joint Trusts: A Useful Tool for Some Married Couples

Though not a silver bullet for every situation, in appropriate circumstances, a Joint Revocable Living Trust ("Joint Trust") can provide a married couple with significant benefits and simplify the administration of assets...more

A Guide To: How to Challenge a Trust in Michigan

The death of a loved one is a difficult and emotional event. In addition to dealing with the loss, family members, friends and/or trusted advisors are tasked with settling the decedent's final affairs, which, in many...more

Maintaining family harmony: Balance beneficiaries’ needs with a total return unitrust

A traditional trust can sometimes create a conflict among the lifetime and remainder beneficiaries. This makes it more difficult for an estate plan to achieve its objectives and places the trustee in a difficult position. The...more

Insight on Estate Planning - February/March 2017

In This Issue: - Stretch out estate tax on business interests - Maintaining family harmony: Balance beneficiaries’ needs with a total return unitrust - Is a donor-advised fund right for you? - Estate planning...more

Final Response to Non-Dom Consultation Published - Update

The UK government has released its final response to the further consultation on reforms to the taxation of non-UK domiciliaries (non-doms), together with draft legislation that will take effect from 6 April 2017. As well as...more

CPAs: Top 10 list for fiduciary income tax returns and planning

As we near tax season, below are some tips for CPAs when planning and preparing tax returns for trusts, along with a link to an upcoming webinar on this very topic. ...more

IRS Permits Trust Division Without Adverse Federal Tax Consequences

In Private Letter Rulings 201702005 and 201702006, the IRS favorably ruled on federal tax consequences of a proposed trust division. But for a minor change in facts, the two rulings are identical, so we will focus only on...more

Court Affirms Dismissal Of Cedent’s Claims Asserting Reinsurance Premium Fraud Scheme, Based On Expiration Of Limitations Period

The appellant (Guarantee Trust) had forwarded reinsurance premiums to the reinsurer to be held in a custodial account for the payment of claims. Guarantee Trust initially sued Kribbs, the founder of the reinsurer, alleging...more

Recent Developments in Partnerships and Real Estate 2017

The IRS released a flurry of new rules as the Obama administration came to a close. The attached presentation provides an overview of many of these developments in the partnership and real estate tax area, including a...more

[Webinar] Fiduciary Income Tax Refresher and Update - February 7th, 12:00pm CT

In the webinar the presenters will discuss tax-savings tools that can be used between now and March 6 when preparing 2016 returns. The presenters will provide a top-ten list of planning tips to help attendees save income tax...more

Lessons to be Learned From the Power of Attorney

Powers of attorney and trust instruments have each been the subject of many an estate plan. They each have also been the subject of multiple estate litigations. In combination, the two have served as fodder for controversies...more

A Guide To: How to Challenge a Will in Michigan

The vast majority of people who pass away leave behind property to their family, friends, and loved ones. Although there are a number of options available to an individual when planning for the disposition of his or her...more

Transfer On Death Accounts And Deeds vs. Living Trust

A question I am often asked is, “If I have designated my various financial accounts as transfer on death (TOD), or payable on death (POD), and I have a transfer on death deed on my house, why do I need a Living Trust?” While...more

Second Circuit Finds Special Servicer's Repurchase Claim Barred by Statute of Limitations, POLSINELLI'S Loan Originator Client...

The Second Circuit recently REVERSED a S.D.N.Y decision granting summary judgment in favor of a CMBS Trust whose Special Servicer sued POLSINELLI'S commercial loan Originator client seeking repurchase of a loan due to the...more

Court Affirms Ruling That Adopted Adult Children Were Beneficiaries Of A Trust

In Andresakis v. Modisett, the trustors signed trust agreements in 1976 and 1981, and each agreement created three trusts, one for their daughter, one for their son, and a third trust for their only grandchild, Andresakis....more

Family Law: Corporate and Trust Challenges to Service of Process and Jurisdiction

The president of a corporation, manager of a limited liability company, trustee of a family trust, or principal of another business entity receives a summons in a Florida divorce case. One spouse contends the other’s control,...more

Surcharge tax hits discretionary trusts

The Office of State Revenue (OSR) has released a ruling on 22 December 2016 in relation to the definition a ‘foreign person’. This is important if you hold an investment property in a discretionary trust....more

Individuals with Special Needs Can Now Create First Party Trusts

President Obama just signed a new law that allows First Party Special Needs Trusts to be established by mentally competent individuals for their own benefit. This is a major “fix” to the current law which only allows First...more

Some Not So Obvious Reasons to Have a Will

Many times I have heard the following questions from prospective clients: “If my things will pass to my spouse and children automatically, why do I need a Will?” or “My estate is not large enough to be subject to estate...more

Traps and pitfalls of joint ownership

Many people believe that owning property jointly with rights of survivorship is an effective substitute for a will. The benefit of holding property as joint tenants with rights of survivorship is that such property passes to...more

T&E Litigation Newsletter - December 2016

The last several weeks have brought us two decisions in which issues of family law intersected with T&E issues. First, the decision in Heystek v. Duncan, Case No. 15-P-1201, 2016 Mass. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1113 (Nov. 21,...more

Update Beneficiary Designations After Divorce or Annulment

On July 1, 2015, the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal held, with a few exceptions, upon entry of a final judgment of dissolution or annulment, any provision of a will that “affects” a former spouse is void under...more

South Carolina Federal Court Makes Two Rulings On Motions To Dismiss In Dispute Involving Reinsurance Trust Agreements

This case was previously reported by us on our blog on January 5, 2016, June 28, 2016 and July 20, 2016. For the full procedural background, we refer to the recent November 3, 2016 and November 16, 2016 decisions. In sum,...more

What You Should Know About Determining Capacity in Ohio

One definition of “capacity” refers to the maximum amount/number that something can contain (e.g., a freezer’s capacity is 1.1 cubic feet; the capacity of a public room is 140 people). “Capacity” also describes an ability to...more

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