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Estate Planning is a process where individuals prepare or plan for the settlement of their personal affairs in the event of incapacitation or death. Estate plans typically include provisions relating to the disposition of assets, guardianship of minor children, and appointment of representatives to make medical and financial decisions. Effective estate planning can decrease tax liability and facilitate the probate process.  less -

Transfer Taxes and the Tax Act: An Overview and Three Possible Responses

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Individuals and businesses continue to evaluate the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Tax Act” or “Act”) and, in particular, the specific effects on personal and business tax planning. Our clients are asking us daily how...more

IRS Provides Some Relief for Post-Divorce Grantor Trust Rule Issues

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

During happy days, one spouse (call him or her the “Donor Spouse”) sets up an irrevocable trust for the benefit of the other spouse (call him or her the “Donee Spouse”)....more

Trusts And The Corporate Lawyer

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Corporate attorneys usually think of trusts as estate planning tools: they are the vehicles through which the owner of a business may pass along to their family a beneficial interest in the business without actually giving...more

Estate Tax Changes Past, Present, and Future (Updated)

by McGuireWoods LLP on

I. INTRODUCTION - This outline is a selective and evolving review of the history of the modern federal estate tax. It originated during the attempts to repeal the estate tax in President Clinton’s second term and...more

The New Estate Tax Law – Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Increase in Exemption from Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes - On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act") was signed into law. The Act implements a variety of significant tax reforms....more

More Planning Tips for Individuals Under New Tax Act

by Ruder Ware on

As Shanna Yonke mentioned in her January 22, 2018 Legal Update The New Tax Law Provides Estate Planning Opportunities, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017. The Act (officially,...more

2018 Federal and Maryland Legislation Changes Regarding Estate and Gift Tax

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

An abundance of tax legislation was signed into law in the final days of 2017. In terms of estate and gift tax, here is what individuals need to keep in mind: Under the new law, which took effect on January 1, 2018, the...more

Estate Planning is Still Important Even with the Passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act) signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017 made sweeping changes that affect individuals, businesses, trusts and estates. This alert focuses on the impact of the Act on...more

Dramatic Change to Federal Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Tax Exemptions

• Each individual’s exemptions from federal estate, gift and GST taxes have roughly doubled to approximately $11,200,000 • The increased exemptions are available only temporarily, through 2025 • We recommend that you...more

The Impact of Tax Reform on Estate Planning

Tax Act of 2017: Transfer Tax Provisions - The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Tax Act of 2017”) was signed by the President on December 22, 2017. The transfer tax provisions of the Tax Act of 2017 (i.e. the estate,...more

Sudden impact: When a spouse unexpectedly dies

It’s almost impossible to fully prepare for a spouse’s sudden death, but it helps to keep one’s finances organized and communicate with a spouse about these matters. This article offers points to address in the event a spouse...more

Favorable Changes to Estate, Gift and GST Tax Laws Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

by Mintz Levin on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”), signed into law on December 22, 2017, significantly increased the exemption amounts for the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes. These increases may present...more

The New Tax Law Provides Estate Planning Opportunities

by Ruder Ware on

Shortly before Christmas, Congress approved and President Trump signed into law the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. The new law increases the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax exemptions from $5 million to $10...more

Impact of New US Tax Law on High Net Worth Individuals, Trusts and Family Offices

The newly enacted U.S. tax law makes significant changes to provisions of the Internal Revenue Code affecting high net worth individuals, their investment entities and family offices. These changes are likely to spur gift...more

Estate Planning under the New Tax Law

by Blank Rome LLP on

This client alert is part of a special series on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and related changes to the tax code, where Blank Rome’s lawyers share their analysis of different provisions in the Act and how they may affect you...more

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: An Overview and Four 2018 Planning Suggestions

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

For the first time in more than 30 years, the countdown to the New Year was also the countdown to major revisions to the tax code. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Act) became law in late December 2017 and contains sweeping changes...more

2018 Key Trust & Estate Planning and Corporate Ownership Implications of the New Tax Law

by Perkins Coie on

With the passage of Public Law no. 115-97, commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the 2017 Tax Act), attorneys in Perkins Coie’s Trust & Estate Planning practice, along with our clients running closely...more

Estate Planning Implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

by Winstead PC on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) into law, ushering in some of the most sweeping changes to the Internal Revenue Code in over 30 years. While the Act substantially revises the...more

Trump Administration Signs 2017 Tax Act

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed a tax bill that had been passed by the Senate and House called “An Act to Provide for Reconciliation Pursuant to Titles II and V of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for...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

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

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

Estate Planning Resolutions for 2018

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Another holiday season will have come and gone before we know it. For many, the start of 2018 will be a time of empty commitment to self-improvement because meaningful New Year's resolutions are frequently made but rarely...more

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