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The Times They Are A–Changin’: Estate and Gift Tax Exemption Amount Doubles

In this world, things change, and clients need to adapt to those changes. A major change in gift and estate tax law has occurred and clients need to take notice, and adapt their estate plans accordingly....more

Court Held That Retirement Benefits Belonged To The Worker’s Sister, Who Was Designated Beneficiary, And Not The Wife

by Winstead PC on

In Estate of Gibson, a man named his sister as the beneficiary of his retirement plan in 1989. No. 06-17-00059-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 9963 (Tex. App.—Texarkana October 13, 2017, no pet.)....more

Tax Reform: Sweeping Changes To Federal Tax Law And The Impact On Businesses And Individuals

by Akerman LLP on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law what is commonly referred to as the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (the "Act"). The Act makes significant changes to the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") and affects a broad...more

Transfer Tax Considerations Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate ushered H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act), through conference committee, and President Donald Trump signed the Act into law on Dec. 22, 2017. • Most of the Act's...more

Staying the Course: Courts Will Not Hear Stayed Actions

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In Ayoungman v Ayoungman, 2017 ABCA 333, the Court of Appeal of Alberta considered a dismissed application of the appellant, who claimed that the chambers judge did not give him a fair chance to argue his position....more

PA Requires Oil and Gas Lessees to Withhold State Income Taxes from Nonresident Lessors

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Under Act 43 of 2017 beginning January 1, 2018, anyone that pays Pennsylvania-source non-employee compensation or business income to a non-resident individual or disregarded entity that has a non-resident member, and is...more

The 2017 Tax Act Doesn't "Simplify" Planning for Estates and Gifts Things to Consider or Reconsider As You Look at Your Estate

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

On December 22, 2017, the President signed a major change to federal tax law that contains many provisions affecting individuals, estates, and trusts. While the impetus behind the change was simplification, as some unnamed...more

Estate and Gift Planning Under the New Tax Law

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018 went into effect on January 1, 2018. The new law makes some changes to key estate planning-related provisions. Except as otherwise noted, these changes are effective now and will sunset at...more

The Federal Estate Tax Lives On, But “Where, O death, Is Your Sting?” (*)

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was introduced on November 2, 2017, perhaps the single most important issue on the minds of many closely held business owners was the future of the estate tax: was it going to be repealed as had...more

Ron Aucutt’s “Top Ten” Estate Planning and Estate Tax Developments of 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In an annual tradition, Ronald Aucutt, a McGuireWoods partner and chair emeritus of the firm’s private wealth services group, with help from his McGuireWoods colleagues, has identified the following as the top ten estate...more

President Trump Signs Tax Reform Bill into Law

On December 15, 2017, the House and Senate conference committee agreed on the terms of the final tax reform bill, previously referred to as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Act”), which was subsequently approved by both...more

Private Wealth Newsletter - Significant Changes to Estate, Gift, and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes

The recently-enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act significantly changes the tax landscape, beginning on January 1, 2018. Many of these changes will sunset on January 1, 2026, when the law reverts to the pre-2018 law. Congress could,...more

What You Should Know About Estate and Gift Tax Reform

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The tax bill recently passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Trump retains the gift and estate tax, but substantially curtails its reach. The new tax legislation represents a dramatic change to our transfer tax...more

4 Estate Litigation Predictions For 2018

by LeClairRyan on

The new year is a good time to look ahead at what trends we may expect to see in the area of estate litigation in 2018. I have 4 predictions. #1: The Volume Of Estate Litigation Will Continue To Increase ...more

Court Held That A Testator Was Partially Intestate And Did Not Leave His Real Property To His Niece Under His Will

by Winstead PC on

In In re Estate of Neal, Larry Ronald Neal executed a will in which he bequeathed his personal property to his niece, Valorie Jean White, and omitted a devise to his daughter. No. 02-16-00381-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 10541...more

New Internal Revenue Code Section 199A: The 20% Deduction for “Pass-Thru” Businesses

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Aside from corporate tax reductions, one of the most important aspects of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act beginning this year is the new 20% deduction for “pass-thru” businesses – i.e. businesses that are not corporations. With...more

Estate planning for families with special needs

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

When children with disabilities turn 18, your ability as a parent to make decisions for their care and future become limited. Specific long-term planning decisions can help your family better plan for the future....more

Changes to Federal Estate, Gift, and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Laws

by K&L Gates LLP on

President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) on December 22, 2017, implementing a new law that affects many taxpayers. This Alert addresses some of the changes to the federal estate, gift, and...more

Impact on Gift, Estate, and GST Taxes Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1)

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The tax law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), signed by President Trump on December 22, 2017, contains important changes to provisions governing gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes...more

New tax law’s doubling of estate tax exemption compels a review of your estate plan

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law what is commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — perhaps a holiday gift for some or a lump of coal for others. Much of the political and journalistic debate about...more

Sacramento Court: Only a Health Care Agent Can Contract for Placement in an RCFE

by Downey Brand LLP on

Incapacity planning is a major component of an estate plan. Quite often people name one person to serve as a health care agent and another person to serve as a financial agent. What role does one agent have as opposed to the...more

Effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Trust and Estate Planning

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law on December 22, 2017, includes significant changes to the U.S. federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax laws, effective as of January 1, 2018. In addition,...more

Impact of the Tax Law on Estate Planning

President Trump signed sweeping tax legislation into law on Dec. 22, 2017, resulting in several significant changes to the wealth transfer tax system, effective as of Jan. 1, 2018....more

McGuireWoods LLP State Death Tax Chart (Updated)

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

Recent Cases of Interest to Fiduciaries

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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

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