News & Analysis as of

Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning Updates

Read Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning updates, articles, and legal commentary from leading lawyers and law firms:

Personal Planning Strategies - December 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

2018 Estate, Gift and GST Tax Update: What This Means for Your Current Will, Revocable Trust and Estate Plan - As we previously reported, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the "Act") made the following permanent:...more

The Truth Why You Need A Will

It’s the holiday season…one of the busiest times of the year. So, it’s a pretty safe bet that folks are not spending time right now thinking about what would happen to their financial assets and material possessions after...more

Court Denies Request For Mandamus Relief Regarding Court Order Requiring Spouse of Deceased Trustee To Prepare An Accounting

by Winstead PC on

In In re Ng, after a jury found that a deceased trustee did not breach fiduciary duties, a trial court nonetheless ordered the deceased trustee’s spouse to prepare an accounting of the trust. No. 09-17-00386-CV, 2017 Tex....more

November Trust and Estates Litigation Advisory

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Since our last newsletter, there has been one significant development in the Probate and Family Court, and one decision of note. First, effective as of November 20, 2017, the Probate and Family Court issued Standing...more

2017 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

The fourth quarter of 2017 concludes a unique year in the planning arena. With the new administration and a Republican-led Congress in power, both taxpayers and tax professionals have kept a close eye on the potential for tax...more

House and Senate Legislators Take Significant Steps Toward Tax Reform

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Thursday, November 16, 2017, House and Senate legislators took significant steps towards achieving the most extensive tax reform in over a decade, with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by the House of...more

Estate and Gift Tax Audits: TIGTA Report Exposes Need for Improvement

by M. Robinson & Company, P.C. on

While proposals for the eventual elimination of the estate tax are being hashed out in Congress, the IRS effort of auditing estate tax returns continues – business as usual. A recent report by the Treasury Inspector General...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

Play It Again: No Contest Clauses Must Be Referenced In Each California Trust Amendment

by Downey Brand LLP on

No contest clauses are an ever-evolving area of the probate law in California. The Court of Appeal further refined the rules governing no contest clauses in a decision issued last week, Aviles v. Swearingen (2017) ___...more

House Passes Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: How the Senate Proposal Compares

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 2, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee (the “House Committee”) released its plan for comprehensive tax reform: the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” (H.R. 1) (the “House Bill”). Following a week of hearings,...more

2018 Inflation Adjustments to Transfer Tax Items

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

The IRS released its 2018 tax adjustments - the following table summarizes the transfer tax adjustments. Note that some of these adjustments will become moot if the changes in the House and Senate versions of the pending tax...more

5 Considerations in Choosing a Special Needs Trustee

Choosing the right person to serve as trustee of a special needs trust is one of the most important and difficult issues in creating the trust. A trustee typically manages the day-to-day operations of the trust, often making...more

Using the Right Entity is Key to Successful Agribusiness

by Ruder Ware on

Are you using the right business entity for your farm or other agribusiness? I have worked with too many clients who have paid additional tax dollars or have been unable to achieve their succession planning goals due to their...more

Closely Held Businesses: You Make the Plan, or a Plan Will Be Made For You

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Who is the Better Planner for Your Affairs: You or the State? Planning for succession of a closely held business is a lot like making a will. An individual has the opportunity to make a will which directs how the...more

Family Offices Market Intelligence: Developments in Family Offices - Q3

by Benesch on

The ultra-wealthy are allocating more of their money to equities and less to hedge funds and real estate this year, a survey of family offices published on Wednesday found. Equities accounted for 27.1 percent of the average...more

Federal Death Tax Repeal – Not So Fast

by Genova Burns LLC on

Much has been written and speculated about the fate of the Federal Gift, Estate and Generation Skipping Taxes under the current efforts of the Administration and of Republican Congressional leaders to overhaul Federal tax...more

On Again / Off Again – Estate Tax Repeal Efforts

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Senate version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes the House Bill’s increases in federal estate and gift tax exemption amounts – doubling the base amount from $5 million to $10 million (indexed for inflation) – but...more

Bad Blood Among Late Developer’s Heirs Jeopardizes Real Estate Mega-Deal

A New York real estate deal valued at close to $1 billion came to a grinding halt when the underlying animosities between a late developer’s widow and his children from previous marriages came to a head in court. Although the...more

The Impact On U.S. Corporations If The House's "Tax Cuts And Jobs Act" Passes

We drafted a tax alert that addresses the impact of the much anticipated "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" (H.R. 1) on the taxation of U.S. Corporations. The complete text of the alert is available here. Below is a brief summary of H.R....more

Federal Tax Reform May Affect Estate Planning

On November 2, the House Ways and Means Committee released a draft tax reform bill known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate Finance Committee followed on November 9 with its own outline for tax reform legislation. Both...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Update: Key Differences Between the House and Senate Bills

by Polsinelli on

The Senate Finance Committee Chairman’s Mark for the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” released Nov. 9, describes in detail the Senate tax bill and is significantly different than the House bill, as it currently stands....more

Aiding & Abetting Fiduciary Breach - What is “Knowing Participation” by South Carolina Professionals?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently clarified liability for aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty. In Bennett v. Carter, 2017 WL 5163467, the Supreme Court reversed summary judgment on a claim against lawyers...more

Serving as a trustee: What is the job description?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

You may have had conversations with family members about whether you would be willing to serve as a trustee of a trust for the children of a family member, particularly in the event that both parents should die while the...more

A Last Will And Testament Can Always Be Changed (Before Death)

It is a fundamental principle of law that a Last Will and Testament duly signed and witnessed is binding on no one until the person who signed the Will dies. That is to say that a person who signs a Will in say January of...more

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

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Thursday November 9, Senate Republicans unveiled the substance of their tax reform bill. The Senate proposal maintains the House Republicans' plan to increase the amount exempt from gift, estate, and GST taxes from $5...more

4,759 Results
|
View per page
Page: of 191
Cybersecurity

Follow Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning Updates on:

"My best business intelligence,
in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
Sign up using*

Already signed up? Log in here

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.