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State Death Tax Chart: Revised August 2015

This chart is maintained for the McGuireWoods LLP Website and is updated regularly. Please see full chart below for more information....more

Staffing Your Estate Plan

A good estate plan can significantly reduce taxes, streamline transfers of assets after your death, sidestep costly public probate proceedings and minimize family squabbles over inheritance. But if you don’t have the...more

Domestic Partnership Agreements: FAQs

How do domestic partnership agreements (DPAs) and prenuptial or premarital agreements differ? Marriage contracts between two people who plan to marry are prenuptial agreements or antenuptial agreements. Marriage...more

Nevis Modernizes its Trust Laws to Become Even More Competitive

As a jurisdiction, Nevis is highly regarded as setting the standard among offshore trust laws, blazing new trails in this is area since 1994 with other jurisdictions attempting to play catch-up. Over time, other jurisdictions...more

New Florida Statute Permits UTMA Accounts To Age 25

A Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) account is a custodial account established for the benefit of a minor. The property in an UTMA account belongs to the minor but is controlled by a custodian until the UTMA account...more

New Duty of Consistency and Basis Reporting Requirement

Under IRC §1014(a), the income tax basis of property acquired from a decedent is generally its fair market value on the date of death, or alternate valuation date if the executor makes an election under IRC §2032. Under Treas...more

Israeli Tax Authority Extends Deadline to Register Family Trusts and Elect Tax Regime

On June 29, 2015, the Israeli Tax Authority extended the deadline for registration of Family Trusts (sometimes referred to as Relatives Trusts), which are trusts created by a non-Israeli grantor for the benefit of one or more...more

Trust and Estate: Changes made to the Florida Uniform Transfers to Minors Act

Every spring, the Florida legislature meets in regular session, and seemingly in every session significant changes are made to Florida’s trust and estate laws. Once again in 2015 changes were made to the Florida Uniform...more

Potential Limitations on Gift Tax Strategies Coming Soon

Valuation discounts have been a significant component of estate planning for many years. By contributing assets to a family entity and gifting or selling an interest in the entity to family members, you can effectively...more

IRS Extends Due Date for New Basis Reporting Rules

On July 31, 2015, the laws addressing the basis of property acquired from a decedent were revised. Among other things, the new laws require an executor to provide to the IRS and to each estate beneficiary a statement...more

Domestic Partnership Agreements: Financial Disclosures and Privacy

To reduce risk of later attack on the domestic partnership agreement, domestic partners should make fair and reasonable financial disclosures to each other prior to signing the agreement. Each partner should disclose to the...more

Tax Changes Made by Maine's 127th Legislature

The Maine Legislature ended its tumultuous session on July 16, 2015. After an advisory opinion by the Maine Supreme Court, we now know which bills actually became law. As usual, a number of significant tax issues were...more

IRS Announces Delay in Consistent Basis Notice to Beneficiaries Rules

I recently wrote about the provisions of the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 that require estates to give statements to beneficiaries regarding the basis of property if an estate...more

The Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015: Important Changes Affecting Tax Filings for...

On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (the "Act"), which revised a number of different federal tax laws relevant to individuals,...more

Proposed Regulations May Limit Valuation Discounts for Family-Owned Entities

Individuals who wish to make gifts or other transfers of interests in family-owned/controlled entities, such as closely-held businesses, limited partnerships, or limited liability companies should consider making such...more

North Carolina Changes Trust Code and Permits “Living Probate”

On August 11th, Governor McCrory signed North Carolina Senate Bill 336, Act to Amend the Law Governing Estate Planning and Fiduciaries (the “Act”). Notably, the Act adopts a procedure for living probate in North Carolina and...more

Wills, Trusts & Estates Newsletter - August 2015

In This Issue: - 5 Ways for Business Owners to Protect Their Assets - VA Benefits - Know What’s Out There - Excerpt from VA Benefits - Know What's Out There: For many family members helping to care for an...more

Domestic Partnership Agreements: Survivor’s Rights on Death

This is the fifth installment of a seven-part series. Florida law provides for various death benefits if a married person predeceases his or her spouse and they have no premarital or postnuptial agreement. For unmarried...more

Congress Sneaks in Some Important Procedural Tax Changes

On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed HR 3236, the "Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015." While you wouldn’t know it from the title, Congress included some important procedural...more

VA Benefits - Know What's Out There

For many family members helping to care for an elderly or disabled loved one, entitlement programs can be challenging to understand; particularly when there may be many demands on your time and resources may be stretched...more

Best in Law: IRS Moves Mean It's Time to Shift Family Entity Wealth

The IRS may take action very soon to eliminate or reduce a widely used and valuable family business entity wealth transfer strategy. The window of opportunity to take advantage of this strategy may close within the next month...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 10, No. 2

Borrowing Against Art Collections - Your art collection may not be as illiquid as you think. It is possible to raise cash by borrowing against works of art. Although some banks do not offer art-secured loans because of...more

Does a Class Gift to Children Include Adult Adoptees?

The Probate Code says no, in most cases, but a recent court decision said yes. Here’s what happened in Sanders v Yanez (July 30, 2015, H041578) 2015 Cal App Lexis 662....more

Confronting Caretaker Abuse & Misconduct

While most caretakers for sick and elderly people are honest, occasionally families and friends are forced to deal with a dishonest caretaker who steals a person’s money; pressures him to change a will, trust, or power of...more

Anticipated IRS Regulations May Impact Discounts On Intra-Family Transfers of Closely Held Business Interests

Action Item: It is anticipated that Treasury will soon issue new regulations that will affect the valuation discounts applicable to intra-family transfers of interests in closely held entities. It may be advisable to review...more

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