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Estate Planning Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

If enacted, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could open up significant estate planning opportunities. The House bill doubles the exemptions from estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes, creating new opportunities for...more

Recent Cases of Interest to Fiduciaries

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In the most recent installment of the McGuireWoods Fiduciary Advisory Services annual multipart series on recent fiduciary cases, developments in the law concerning various topics are examined through the following: ...more

Trusts and Estates Newsletter 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

After months of delay, the Connecticut General Assembly passed, and the Governor signed in large part, a budget bill in the last days of October. The bill increases the Connecticut estate and gift tax exemption to meet the...more

Tax Reporting for Grantor Trusts

Typically, a trust must file a separate income tax return for each calendar year. However, for most grantor trusts, filing a separate tax return is optional. The general rule and the alternative methods of reporting are...more

Federal Tax Reform: Initial Steps Toward Changes to Gift, Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

House Republicans unveiled the full text yesterday of their proposed tax legislation—titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—which includes dramatic changes to the gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax. ...more

Legislative Update: New Vulnerable Persons and POA Statutes

by Winstead PC on

On October 26, 2017, David F. Johnson presented “Legislative Update Impacting Fiduciaries,” to the Texas Bankers Association’s Advanced Trust & Portfolio Management Forum in San Antonio, Texas. This presentation discussed new...more

Court Refuses To Enforce Arbitration Clause By Financial Advisor

by Winstead PC on

In Steer Wealth Mgmt., LLC v. Denson, Denson, in her individual capacity and as executor of her husband’s estate, sued Steer Wealth Management, LLC, for causes of action including breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract...more

The UK Trust Register

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 26 June 2017, the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (the Regulations) came into force, introducing new requirements for trustees. The Regulations...more

The Story Of The $4 Billion Surcharge Case Against JPMorgan

A Dallas jury last month issued a verdict of more than $5 billion against JPMorgan Chase for various breaches of fiduciary duties – by any measure an enormous damages award in a probate case and reportedly the largest in...more

Your Foreclosure Hearing Just Got More Crowded

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

On August 30, 2017, an amendment to North Carolina’s foreclosure statutes took immediate effect. The amended statute, Section 45-10, concerns substitute trustees under a deed of trust. As amended, Section 45-10 now prohibits...more

REIT Implications of the New “Big Six” Tax Reform Framework

by King & Spalding on

On September 27, the Trump administration and the Republican leadership in the House and Senate released a document called the “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code” (the “Framework”), which lays out the core...more

IRS Issues Proposed Guidance on the Definition of Registered Form

by Dentons on

On September 15, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations (REG-125374-16) amending the definition of obligations that are in registered form to take into account current market practices and...more

Section 7C

by Hogan Lovells on

Raising the red flag on low interest and interest free loans to trusts - Over the years, trusts have consistently proved to be a reliable and attractive vehicle for many, offering flexibility and benefits with regard to...more

Finally, Confirmation that Finality and Protections are Available to Trustees Under the Ohio Trust Code  

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Years after the initial enactment of the Ohio Trust Code and articles published in this journal the Tenth District Ohio Court of Appeals in Zook, et al. v. JP Morgan Chase Bank National Association, et al., 10th Dist. No....more

Every Day is Bitcoin Pizza Day: What Clients and Estate Planners Need to Know about Virtual Currency

by Murtha Cullina on

The combined value of all of the 867 crypto currencies tracked by CoinMarketCap.com is presently over $161 billion. Only seven years ago, on what is commemorated as “Bitcoin Pizza Day,” Bitcoin, then a new crypto currency,...more

Wealth Management Update - September 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

September Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The September § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and...more

Does a removed trustee have a duty to see to it that the fiduciary reins are assumed by a qualified successor?

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

A removed trustee retains myriad residual fiduciary duties and liabilities. The most obvious is the duty not to betray the confidences of the entrustment going forward. Less self-evident is the removed trustee’s residual...more

Wealth Management Update - July 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

August Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The August § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and...more

Trust Protectors, Trust Directors, and the Uniform Directed Trust Act

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

The Uniform Directed Trust Act (the “Act”), approved July 19, 2017 by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, purports to govern irrevocable directed trusts. For purposes of the Act a directed trust is...more

Private family trust companies authorized under new Missouri law

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The new Missouri Family Trust Company Act allows families to establish their own family-owned and -controlled private trust companies, which can hire banks and public trust companies to assist with investment and management...more

Treasury Dept. Identifies 8 "Significant Tax Regulations" for Review to Reduce Burden

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced on July 7, 2017, in Notice 2017-38 (the Notice) that it has identified as "significant tax regulations" eight sets of U.S. federal tax regulations that were issued between Jan. 1,...more

Court Reviews Damages For Mental Anguish, Exemplary Damages, and Other Categories For A Trustee’s Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

by Winstead PC on

In Wells Fargo v. Militello, a trustee appealed a judgment from a bench trial regarding a beneficiary’s claims for breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and fraud. No. 05-15-01252-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 5640 (Tex....more

Court Declines To Quash Subpoena Issued To South Carolina Department Of Insurance In Companion Property Case

by Carlton Fields on

We previously reported on this case on January 5, 2016, June 28, 2016, July 20, 2016, and December 14, 2016. The case concerns Companion Property and Casualty Insurance Company’s participation in a fronted insurance program...more

Courts Should Read Elder Abuse Act Broadly to Stop Wrongdoers

by Downey Brand LLP on

California’s Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act is elastic enough to encompass claims arising from sharp insurance sales practices, even when elders do not pay anything directly to the agents. So concluded...more

Wealth Management Update - June 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

June Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The June § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and GRATs...more

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