Estates & Trusts Blog


 

05.24.2018

Getting divorced is a complicated and drawn-out process, where emotions run high and the last thing on an individual’s mind is updating his/her estate planning documents.  While that is indeed the case for many individuals going through a divorce, once a divorce is finalized, it is imperative that individuals review their estate planning documents and amend or update them so that they will reflect the individual’s new planning goals.  This does not stop at an individual’s Will or Trust; rather, it will be necessary for individuals to review all of their financial accounts - their bank acco

05.03.2018

Many adults are hesitant to discuss, much less implement, a comprehensive estate plan.  They believe that there is no need to create an estate plan for a variety of reasons, the most common being that they are not wealthy enough to require a comprehensive plan. 

04.03.2018

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which President Trump signed on Feb. 9, 2018, has potentially created a new opportunity for individuals interested in charitable and philanthropic planning, as the bill creates a limited exception from the private foundation excess business holdings excise tax under Section 4943 of the Internal Revenue Code.

03.02.2018

During the lifetimes of most married couples, especially when a child is involved, mutual estate planning is done so as to ensure that if one spouse passes away, the deceased spouse’s assets pass to the surviving spouse.  Generally speaking, this is a sound planning strategy; unfortunately, if a marriage ends in divorce, each person will effectively have to update and/or revise their respective estate planning strategies.

Updating Planning Documents

01.30.2018

President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act) into law on December 22, 2017, extensively modifying U.S. taxation laws for individuals and business. Among other things, the Act increases the applicable exclusion amount of the Federal estate, gift and generation skipping transfer tax from $5 million per individual, indexed annually for inflation, to $10 million in 2018 (the inflation adjusted exemption amount is expected to be approximately $11.2 million or $22.4 million for married couples).

01.17.2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which President Donald Trump signed into law on December 22, 2017, represents the most significant change to the U.S. Tax Code in more than three decades.  Among the changes is an increase of the federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax exemption limits for the years 2018 through 2025.

01.10.2018

As we enter the new year, the number of Americans who rely on electronic devices and online accounts in their everyday life has never been higher, and it continues to rise! Many of us own assets that exist only in electronic form or are stored on electronic devices, including online banking accounts and social media accounts. Consequently, we have to ask ourselves - what happens if we can’t access our accounts because we are incapacitated, or if we die?

12.26.2017

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law a tax bill with sweeping legislative tax reform, with one such change limiting the deduction for property and all other state and local taxes to a maximum of $10,000.

12.12.2017

One of the last things a young couple is thinking about when starting a family is planning for their loved ones in the event of a tragedy.  Since planning for one’s disability or death is not a topic many people are comfortable discussing, they tend to put off their estate planning.  Many times this results in individuals never implementing a proper estate plan.  Families with young children must consider who will act as a guardian for their minor children in the event both parents unexpectedly pass away.  This can be a very difficult decision for parents, as it is impossible to imagine an

11.29.2017

The IRS has announced the retirement plan contribution limits for 2018.  Highlighted below are some of those limits.  For more detailed guidance, please see IRS Notice 2017-64.

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