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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

The North Carolina Uniform Power of Attorney Act: A Practical Introduction for Real Estate Practitioners

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Can we all agree that dealing with a power of attorney in North Carolina has long been, at best, a frustrating experience? Well, help is on the way! On July 20, 2017, Governor Cooper signed Senate Bill 569, "An Act to Adopt...more

Tax Court Decides First Micro Captive Case

On August 21, 2017, the Tax Court issued its opinion in two companion cases Benyamin Avrahami and Orna Avrahami v. Commissioner, and Feedback Insurance Company, Ltd. v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. No. 7, holding against the...more

Commercial Division Rejects Third-Party Claim as Derivative in Trusts’ Suit Concerning Upper West Side Beaux-Arts Building

Asserting a claim on behalf of a trust in the Commercial Division can be risky, as the party asserting the claim must establish that the claimed injury is independent of any injury to the trust, and that they are therefore...more

Properly structured foreign gifts of real property property can be estate and gift tax free

by Sanford Millar on

The investment in U.S. real property by Non-residents can be structured to minimize estate and gift taxes. The key is to structure the investment through a limited liability company, limited partnership or corporation so...more

Did San Francisco Eliminate its Transfer Tax Exception for Certain Gifts?

It seems that San Francisco may have just partially removed its exception from transfer tax that applied to gifts, but the Office of the Assessor-Recorder may not be aware. As a bit of background, transfer tax applies to...more

Money, Dirt and Steel: Year End 2016

by Williams Mullen on

COPIES AND AFFIDAVITS ADMISSIBLE IN POWER OF SALE FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS - In the Matter of Foreclosure by Rogers Townsend & Thomas, __ N.C. App. ___, COA15-581 (April 15, 2016), was a Non-judicial foreclosure action...more

Becoming As Rich As Donald Trump: Financial and Tax Policies of the United States Government That Can Lead To Significant Wealth...

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

Financial and tax policies of the United States government can help Americans achieve significant wealth through real estate ownership. These policies tend to favor taxpayers who, like the Trump family, are willing to commit...more

Traps and pitfalls of joint ownership

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Many people believe that owning property jointly with rights of survivorship is an effective substitute for a will. The benefit of holding property as joint tenants with rights of survivorship is that such property passes to...more

T&E Litigation Newsletter- November 2016 #2

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The Supreme Judicial Court recently issued its decision in Degiacomo v. City of Quincy, No. SJC-11940, 2016 WL 6683970, at *1 (Mass. Nov. 15, 2016), which is the latest chapter in a story that began with a trust established...more

UK Autumn Statement 2016: inheritance tax and business property relief | Insights | DLA Piper Global Law Firm

by DLA Piper on

In the 2016 Autumn Statement, The Chancellor announced that reforms, originally proposed in Summer Budget 2015, to inheritance tax and business investment relief for non-UK domiciled individuals will come into effect from 6...more

Rule Against Perpetuities and Leases in North Carolina

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Remember the Rule Against Perpetuities? Think back to your days in law school, sitting in your 1L Property class. Remember the rule against perpetuities? Remember thinking that it would never really come into play in...more

Your predictions for 2017 (Part One of Five)

Last week, in connection with our Senior Housing Symposium entitled “Looking Back . . . Looking Forward” we surveyed our attendees to get a feel for where they predict next year will look like in the senior housing industry. ...more

Private Ruling Exempts Property Management Services from Self-Dealing

A new private ruling may be of great interest to clients with substantial real estate interests who wish to contribute one or more properties to a family foundation. The ruling suggests that payment by the foundation to a...more

Tax Court Rules on the Transfer of Benefits and Burdens of Ownership in Tax-Deferred Exchanges

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In the recently decided case of Estate of George H. Bartell v. Commissioner, 147 T.C. No. 5 (August 10, 2016), the U.S. Tax Court held that the like-kind exchange engaged in by the taxpayer’s S corporation should be respected...more

Do the Provisions of the Judicial Code Automatically Apply in Eminent Domain Cases? The Commonwealth Court Recently Said No.

On June 22, 2016, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court decided the case of Township of Millcreek v. Angela Cres Trust of June 25, 1998, 1725 C.D. 2015, which decided whether 42 Pa.C.S. § 5505 applies to eminent domain cases. ...more

Three Ways to Guard Heirs From Big Wine Realty Tax Bill

Estate-planning is often focused on reducing or eliminating estate tax at death. As the estate-tax exemption has increased in recent years — currently $5.45 million and counting — there is a shift to planning for income and...more

SEC Issues Guidance Clarifying Rule 144(d)(1) Holding Period Requirements For REIT Shares Exchanged For Operating Partnership...

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On March 14, 2016, the staff of the SEC's Division of Corporate Finance issued a no-action letter (the "No-Action Letter") concluding that, for purposes of Rule 144 promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended...more

Fiduciary Alert: IRS Again Extends Time for Consistent Basis Reporting via Form 8971 until June 30, 2016

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Effective March 23, 2016, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service published Notice 2016-27, once again extending, until June 30, 2016, the deadline for executors and other persons to complete and file Form 8971...more

California’s New Transfer On Death Deed

by Bryan Cave on

As of January 1, 2016, California allows the use of a “transfer on death” deed for real property. A TOD deed essentially allows a person to execute and record a revocable deed, which grants real property to a beneficiary...more

The Double-Fraction Dilemma: Intent-Focused Inquiry Prevails

by Jackson Walker on

As the oil and gas industry has moved away from the legacy of the 1/8th royalty, double-fraction language has generated a multitude of disagreements as to whether a royalty interest should be construed as "fixed" or...more

Business Succession Planning - February 2016

The transition of a family owned or closely-held business is a significant undertaking even with the best laid plan. This article will outline the issues that should be considered by the business owner in transitioning a...more

"Important FIRPTA and REIT Reforms Enacted"

The newly signed Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Act) includes several reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA) and the taxation of real estate investment trusts...more

Tax Considerations in Real Estate Dispositions

In a typical real estate transaction, the seller deeds the real property to the buyer. This transaction is simple and straightforward for both buyer and seller. Although it is simple, is it the best structure from a tax...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Affirms Striking of 24-Year-Old Default Judgment, and Holds That Leasing Is Not Enough to Claim...

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The development of the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania has led to a number of disputes about historical judgments that purportedly divested reserved oil and gas rights from their owners. During the 20th century, surface...more

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