estate planning

Will this Estate Planning Loophole be Closed?

On August 2, 2016 the U.S government proposed making it harder for wealthy business owners to transfer assets to heirs without paying estate and gift taxes. The Treasury Department’s plan would place new limits on a common tactic used to … read more

Happy (for Some) 100th Anniversary to the Estate Tax

Back in 1916, Congress wanted to boost U.S. revenues in case America joined in on World War I in Europe. Lawmakers voted for a new tax on a person’s assets at death, which we now call the Estate Tax aka … read more

IRS: No More Estate Tax Closing Letters…Unless You Ask

On the website, the IRS announced that for estate tax returns (Form 706) filed on or after June 1, 2015, estate tax closing letters will be issued only upon request by the taxpayer. Historically, the IRS’s “Frequently Asked Questions … read more

Here We Go Again – The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015

Is there a possibility the current estate tax will be repealed? This is a debate we have heard over and over again over the past several years, and as we head into the race for the White House, we are … read more

The Benefits of an Estate Plan for Your College-Age Children

Have children around the age of 18? There is one thing you are probably unaware of that could save you thousands of dollars and a headache. Once individuals reach the age of majority—18 in most states—their parents are no longer … read more

How to Select a Trustee

Clients often struggle with the task of selecting an appropriate Trustee for their trust. An excellent article by Charles Redd “The Most Disrespected Decision in Estate Planning” offers some very practical advice. Factors to take into account when selecting a … read more

New Estate Planning Dilemma: Portability or a Credit Shelter Trust

The estate planning landscape radically changed when the Tax Relief Act of 2010 authorized estates of decedents dying after 2010 to elect to transfer any unused exclusion to the surviving spouse and when the act drastically raised the exclusion amount … read more

Don’t Forget Your IRA When Creating Your Estate Plan

The IRA is often overlooked when individuals meet with an attorney for estate planning.  Perhaps this is because the IRA owners fill out the beneficiary designation form themselves and they believe they are capable of completing it on their own.  … read more

For Third Year Law Students Currently Going Through the Interview Process

Are you a third year law student currently going through the interview process for a position after law school?  The interview process can be time consuming, and nerve- wracking at times.  During fall semester when I was finishing up my … read more


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