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Speculation, Estate Planning, and Legal Malpractice

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In some will contests, lawyers will speculate that the decedent may have misled people as to his true estate plan, either out of weakness, to keep the peace, to measure reactions, to avoid uncomfortable conversations, and...more

Update on Domicile and Tax of Offshore Trusts

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Implementation of the 6 April 2017 tax changes applicable to non-domiciled individuals, offshore trusts and UK residential property has been delayed because of the forthcoming UK General Election on 8 June 2017. Whilst it is...more

If You Expect to Work in the Family-Owned Business for Life, Be Sure to Get It in Writing

by Murtha Cullina on

Family-owned businesses often employ multiple family members. Even if there is an expectation that employment will continue indefinitely, the company and the family member employees both usually reserve the right, explicitly...more

Accidental Disinheritance: Update Wills, Estate Plans Annually

by Lewitt Hackman on

So you have an estate plan? Good for you. You funded it? Even better. But have you updated it and your will in the last year? If you haven’t, your loved ones or favorite charities may be in for an unpleasant surprise. Your...more

Court Affirms Sanctions Order Against Fiduciary Due To Discovery Abuses

by Winstead PC on

In Eng v. Kolbe, a mother sued her daughter for abusing a power of attorney document. No. 03-15-00409-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 2680 (Tex. App.—Austin March 30, 2017). The daughter was assisting her aging parents with their...more

Understanding Disinheritance: The Structure of an Ohio Post Mortem Dispute

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Great wealth, in the trillions of dollars, will be transferred from one generation to the next as our population ages. While most estates proceed as intended, there will always be greed and dysfunction among a small...more

IRS Issues Guidance Regarding Estate Tax Lien Discharge Process

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

When an individual dies, an estate tax lien attaches automatically to all of the property included in the gross estate. It arises prior to tax assessment, and is not recorded....more

Isn’t a Power of Attorney Just for Old People, Right? Wrong!

by Jaburg Wilk on

Why Young Adults Need Power of Attorneys - When children turn 18, they legally become adults. If there was a catastrophic life event which rendered them unable to make their own life decisions, their parents no longer...more

National Healthcare Decision Day: Have you had the conversation?

April 16, 2017 marks the start of National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD) (www.nhdd.org), a week-long, nation-wide event which exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance...more

A Guide To: Challenging a Financial Durable Power of Attorney in Michigan

by Clark Hill PLC on

An estate plan is often conceived as a plan drawn up during one's lifetime with the stated intention of transferring one's property upon death. The most common forms of estate planning documents include Last Wills and...more

National Health Care Decisions Day

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

National Health Care Decisions Day, for its 10th anniversary, is being “celebrated” all week – April 16 – 22, 2017. The event focuses on making health care planning, including healthcare proxies and advance directives/ living...more

QDOT-ting I's and Crossing T's: Estate Tax Planning for Non-United States Citizen Spouses

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Individual and corporate citizens from countries around the world have moved to North Carolina and contributed materially to our state's economic, educational, and cultural growth. Foreign direct investment ("FDI") in North...more

Best Practices for Managing Wills Between Family Members

by JAMS on

A mother dies, leaving her daughter 75 percent of her estate. Her son, who thought he would receive 50 percent, contests the will. The daughter claims that their mother must have changed her will to compensate the daughter...more

Estate Planning for Families with Children Who Have Special Needs

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Estate planning for families who have children with special needs is similar to estate planning for families who do not have special needs children. From an estate tax perspective, the considerations do not differ. The key,...more

To Ensure a Successful Estate Plan, Take a Holistic Approach

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Delaware Supreme Court has just handed down a decision that dramatically illustrates the need to take a holistic approach to an estate plan to ensure that what you want to happen to your assets when you die, can and...more

Kyiv Tax Newsletter (Ukrainian)

by Dentons on

On 23 March 2017, the President of Ukraine signed the Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine Concerning the Taxation of Inheritance” (hereinafter – the Law on inheritance tax), which simplifies the...more

Kyiv Tax Newsletter - April 2017

by Dentons on

On 23 March 2017, the President of Ukraine signed the Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine Concerning the Taxation of Inheritance” (hereinafter – the Law on inheritance tax), which simplifies the...more

Court Enforces Release Agreement Between Trustees/Executors and A Beneficiary

by Winstead PC on

In Harrison v. Harrison Interests, a beneficiary of an estate and multiple trusts had a dispute with the executors and trustees. No. 14-15-00348-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 1677 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] February 28, 2017,...more

Avoiding Beneficiary Befuddlement

by Bryan Cave on

Retirement plans are complicated creatures to administer so it perhaps is not surprising that the process of determining the beneficiary of a deceased participant can present its own set of challenges and, if things go awry,...more

30 Rock, Oysters, and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax

by Bryan Cave on

Billionaire David Rockefeller, the grandson of John D. Rockefeller, passed away recently at the age of 101. In 2017, Forbes estimated that his fortune, investments in real estate, share of family trusts, and other holdings...more

How to Avoid Costly Beneficiary Designation Litigation – Helpful Hints for All Benefit Plans

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When administering an employee benefits plan, it is critically important to provide clear and specific instructions as to how a participant can designate a beneficiary. A recent federal district court opinion in Florida...more

[Webinar] Landmark Tax Court Self-Employment Tax Decision; Post-Mortem Planning for Business Owners; Reimbursing Deemed Owner of...

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

This free webinar will orally discuss my 1st Quarter 2017 newsletter, including: - For the first time ever, the Tax Court ruled that a member of a limited liability company was not subject to self-employment tax. We...more

4 Business Cases to Follow in the Supreme Court’s Spring Term

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Supreme Court of Canada’s spring term begins on April 18. This term has a lot of interesting criminal cases, but only a few that may be interesting to the business community...more

IRS Recognizes Retroactive Validity of GRAT Based Upon Court Reformation

by Genova Burns LLC on

The IRS recently examined whether a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (hereinafter “GRAT”) could be held valid despite the fact that it omitted certain key language. In a GRAT, the Grantor transfers property into the irrevocable...more

Subject access request compliance

by Dentons on

Following on from our article in last month's edition of the Employment Law Round-up there have been further developments in the field of data protection and, specifically, subject access requests....more

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