Drafting an estate plan takes great care. There are many pitfalls in the drafting process. This article looks at how improper drafting can result in a dramatically different outcome from what the client wanted to achieve.
This month’s Alert examines the rules regarding distributions from IRAs and retirement plans. In particular, it examines reasons to make a trust the beneficiary and rules regarding who is the measuring life for minimum required distribution purposes.
This month’s Alert examines two high-profile cases which illustrate the importance of naming guardians for minor children.
This month’s Alert examines how the “fiscal cliff” legislation could result in changes for estate plans. Depending on the couple, it might mean they could simplify their plan. However, there are many non-tax reasons that they may want to keep a more complex plan.
This month’s Alert discusses how the “fiscal cliff” legislation impacts your clients’ estate plans.
This month’s Alert gives an overview of developments affecting estate planning for same-sex couples. It recounts how recent elections approved same-sex marriages in several states. It also examines several cases which address the constitutionality of bans on same-sex marriage, including the Defense of Marriage Act.
This month’s alert focuses on the narrowing window to lock-in the current $5.12 million estate and gift tax exemption by gifting prior to year-end. The alert also examines why it may not be possible to wait and do this planning at the last minute.
This month’s Alert focuses on the increased trust litigation arising from the unintended consequences of the temporary repeal of the estate tax in 2010.
In this month’s alert we examine how your clients, including LGBT clients and unmarried partners, can remove over $5 million free from estate tax and how this opportunity may be vanishing soon.
The estate tax exclusion is scheduled to revert to $1 million at year-end from the current level of $5.12 million. This Alert examines the current political landscape concerning the estate tax and suggests taking advantage of the current, historically-high exclusion amount before it’s too late.