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Trust and Estate Planning 2017 Year End Update

As we approach the end of the year, we thought you would find it useful to have the following summary of recent developments and updates that may affect your trust and estate planning....more

Why Estate Planning Is Still, And More Important Under New Tax Law

After much wrangling and dealmaking, both houses of Congress have passed bills making substantial changes to federal tax law. Although it's not entirely certain, it seems likely that there will shortly be agreement on a tax...more

The Tax Bill Cometh

It now seems more likely that a tax bill of some kind will be passed by Congress this year. One prominent DC tax lobbyist told me: "This is happening." Whether or not you agree with all of the provisions now being offered...more

Summary of New Tax Bill Proposal

by Bryan Cave on

House Republicans released their new tax bill on November 2, 2017. As expected for such a significant proposal, the final bill, if passed, will likely look different. Nonetheless, the bill, in its current form, provides the...more

Hurricanes, Displacement And The Effect On Domicile

by Murtha Cullina on

In the span of three weeks, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma descended upon the southern United States causing mass evacuations, heroic rescues, and catastrophic damage, particularly in Texas and in Florida. As a result, many...more

Are Trusts Still Useful If the Estate Tax Is Repealed?

With Republicans in control of Congress and the presidency, there is talk of eliminating the federal estate tax. In 2017 the tax affects only estates over $5.49 million, meaning that for more than 99 percent of Americans,...more

BEWARE! Impact of New Tax Rules on Your Family Limited Partnership

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

Family limited partnerships (“FLPs”) are a common estate planning technique. They permit centralized asset management, provide liability protection, and create a mechanism by which one generation can transfer wealth to the...more

Estate Planning and Prenuptial Agreements: Tax Implications of Alimony

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

When contemplating marriage and estate planning, frequently, individuals will enter into prenuptial (premarital) agreements to address their rights and obligations during the marriage and in the event of a divorce or death. A...more

Tax Refunds for Trusts With Minnesota Grantors? Minnesota Trust Income Tax Statute Ruled Unconstitutional

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Certain irrevocable trusts created by Minnesota residents after 1995 may be able to claim income tax refunds as a result of the Minnesota Tax Court’s decision in Fielding v. Commissioner of Revenue, handed down on May 31,...more

Why a ‘Grantor Trust’ is a good addition to every estate plan

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Internal Revenue Code is a long, complicated law with many subtitles, chapters, parts and sections. Although we are all aware of income taxes, few care that they are depicted by Subtitle A of the Code. Many are equally...more

Estate Planning Newsletter - December 2016

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Hinshaw’s Estate Planning Newsletter includes reports on opportunities and challenges that may impact your estate plan. This publication is designed to keep our clients and friends aware of certain opportunities and...more

For high net worth individuals - What can you do before the end of the year to protect against potential changes in the tax laws? ...

by Dickinson Wright on

President-elect Trump has posted his tax proposals on his website. Although we are unable to say with certainty whether any of these proposals will be enacted, we address three of his proposals and our suggestions. Any of...more

Estate Planning Pitfall: You’re donating high-basis stock to charity

As the end of the year approaches, many may begin thinking about making gifts to qualified charitable organizations as a way to reduce potential estate and income tax liability while supporting a worthy cause. This brief...more

Estate Planning NOW: Preparing for a New Government

by Lewitt Hackman on

It’s impossible to predict what any future president will do, or what Congress will approve. But in light of comments president-elect Donald J. Trump made on the campaign trail, and given that Grand Old Party members will...more

2016 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

In 2016, we continued to experience a period of relative stability in our federal transfer tax system and have been able to plan without expecting imminent significant changes to the system. Under the American Taxpayer Relief...more

[Webinar] Business Planning in Light of Proposed Regulations under Code § 2704 - October 27th, 12:00p.m. CT

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In this webinar, Steve Gorin, the author of his quarterly newsletter, will discuss the proposed regulations under IRC § 2704 that would increase the valuation of business entities in many cases. Attendees will learn when the...more

Transferee Liability: The [Unlikely] Situation that your Nonprofit Receives a Charitable Gift with Expensive Tax Strings Attached

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

The case of Salus Mundi Foundation et al v. Commissioner - On August 15, 2016, the Tax Court decided in Salus Mundi Foundation et al v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2016-154, that two foundations were liable as transferees...more

Wealth Management Update - October 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

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

Intra-Family Loans: An Estate Planning Strategy in a Low-Interest Rate Environment

In the current economic environment, IRS-prescribed monthly interest rates for certain intra-family transactions are at historic lows. As a result, an excellent opportunity exists to transfer wealth to lower generation family...more

[Webinar] U.S. Tax and Estate Planning for Foreign Persons - Meritas Capability Webinar - September 27th - 1:00p.m. U.S. CDT

Many successful people come to the United States from other countries, either permanently or on study or work assignments that are intended to last just for a few years. These people may earn income in the United States and...more

Making Lifetime Gifts Saves Federal Taxes

by Perkins Coie on

Lifetime Gifts Yield Estate and Gift Tax Savings - The federal gift tax annual exclusion currently allows each individual to give up to $14,000 each year to an unlimited number of donees – entirely free of tax. (Under...more

Practice Aid – A Redlined Version of the Proposed Section 2701 and 2704 Regulations

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

These proposed regulations are difficult enough in substance to deal with, without having to piece together the changes that they make to the existing regulations. Maybe there is a redlined version out there already, but I...more

IRS Proposed Regulations Attack Valuation Discounts for Family Transfers — The Clock Is Now Ticking

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS have just issued anticipated proposed regulations that, if made final, would severely limit the ability of taxpayers to transfer interests in family limited partnerships and...more

You have been appointed as Executor/Executrix of a loved ones estate.....should you hire an attorney?

Administering an estate, especially one with more than just your basic assets, such as a home, and a couple joint bank accounts, can be very complicated. On a basic level, an executor must produce an inventory of all assets...more

Personal Planning Strategies - August 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Low Interest Rates Yield Wealth Transfer Opportunities - Low interest rates can create wealth transfer opportunities. For various wealth transfer techniques, the IRS assumes that a certain minimum interest rate is in...more

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