Tag Archives: Irrevocable Trust

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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Asset Protection Through Estate Planning – Update

> 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

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Titans Owner Left Team in Limbo

> Proper planning is necessary to keep a closely-held business in the family. > Failing to plan for ownership and financial transitions can lead to a forced sale or family conflict. > Trust ownership can allow for a smooth transition … 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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Flaws in Drafting Can Be Very Expensive—Herbert’s Story

This is the story of a man named Herbert who made one crucial mistake in his estate planning.1 Although Herbert is the main character of the story, it is his surviving family members who are left to clean up the … more

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Robin Williams Understood the Importance of Estate Planning

POWER POINTS + Your estate plan can remain private and avoid court involvement when drafted and maintained properly. + Have an ongoing relationship with your advisor; a proper estate plan is not something you should stick in the closet and … more

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The Biggest Wastes of Money in Estate Planning

POWER POINTS: You are better off doing your estate planning right the first time. Estate planning must be customized to your needs in order to be effective. The estate planning process of basic planning, funding and advanced planning and maintenance … more

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Three Reasons Irrevocable Trusts Fail

All trusts fall under one of two categories: revocable or irrevocable.  These trusts differ in several significant ways, including their purpose, asset ownership and use, tax treatment and annual maintenance requirements.  This newsletter will briefly discuss the differences between a … more

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The Not-So-Permanent Estate Tax

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “ATRA”) into law.  Failure to pass the new law would have resulted in a significant decrease in the estate and lifetime gift tax exemptions and … more

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