Tag Archives: Gifting Strategies

The Crummey Notice Requirement – What is the Point and When is it Necessary?

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

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Decanting a Trust – What it Means and When it Should be Considered

> 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

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Year-End Estate Planning To-Do List

> 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

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Year-End Estate Planning To-Do List

> 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

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White House Continues to Target Transfer Taxes

It was expected—perhaps foolishly—that the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “ATRA”), signed into law on January 2, 2013, would end the fluctuating estate and gift tax exemptions by setting the unified exemption at $5 million per individual, indexed … more

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Your Estate Planning Goals

POWER POINTS + Estate planning is about much more than just who will receive your assets after death. + Proper estate planning can reduce the cost, time and likelihood of conflict when your assets are to be transferred to your … more

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Mind Your Business Interests

POWER POINTS Whether you run your own business or own a share of a family business, failing to mind your business interests can result in unnecessary, expensive probate proceedings and conflicts amongst your loved ones. How your business interest will … more

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Estate Planning to Keep Your Children Motivated

POWER POINTS: + You want to provide for your children, but you do not want them to depend on their inheritance. + A proper estate plan can limit distributions to your beneficiaries to provide for basic necessities but not luxuries. … more

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IRS, Treasury and Wal-Mart Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

In another significant step following the Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Windsor, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service will now recognize legal same-sex marriages for federal tax purposes.1 As discussed in the July 2013 … more

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The Estate of “Tony Soprano”

James Gandolfini, the actor who played “Tony Soprano” on the acclaimed HBO series, The Sopranos, passed away suddenly at the age of 51 in Rome, Italy on June 19, 2013.  Gandolfini left behind a wife, two minor children and an … more

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