1st May 2017

One of the primary techniques used to reduce a person’s taxable estate is making gifts during his or her life to other individuals, usually children or grandchildren, using the annual gift tax exemption ($14,000 in 2017). An individual can make … more

2nd Apr 2017

> Is this about wine?  Unfortunately, no. > What does it mean to decant a trust?  Trust decanting is the process of pouring the assets of one irrevocable trust (the “original trust”) into a second irrevocable trust with more desirable … more

1st Feb 2017

When considering marriage or a divorce, your estate planning is likely low on the list of priorities. However, these are significant changes in a family situation that should trigger an immediate review of your existing estate planning documents or preparation … more

1st Dec 2016

> Familiarity with the terms of your documents is an essential part of having an up-to-date estate plan.   > If you do not have an estate plan in place, the end of the year is an ideal time to … more

1st Nov 2016

> The presence of a proper estate plan ensures efficient administration while reducing the likelihood of conflict amongst family members.   > Life insurance or other liquidity can alleviate the strain on the estate in the interest of preserving the … more

2nd Oct 2016

> The Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act protects custodians to a greater extent than it empowers principals, agents or administrators.   > An “online tool” offered by a custodian will supersede the direction in a will, trust … more

1st Aug 2016

> It is important to revisit your estate plan from time to time to ensure that it accurately reflects your wishes for your family and assets.   > An unfunded Trust fails to take advantage of one of the greatest … more

1st Jul 2016

> Estate tax and administration laws are state-specific, so articles and general advice must be taken with a grain of salt. > A proper estate plan is based on your specific family and financial situations and tailored to achieve your … more

1st Jun 2016

> The benefits of asset protection must be considered when you are building wealth, not when you need to protect it. > Transfers of property that occur specifically for the purposes of hindering, delaying or defrauding creditors are considered fraudulent. … more

1st May 2016

> Without an estate plan, Prince’s half-siblings will stand to inherit the same share as his full-sibling.   > Failure to plan for a potential estate tax liability may lead to a forced liquidation of estate assets, including his vault … more