Tag Archives: Minimizing Estate Tax

Your Estate Planning Goals

> 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 loved ones. … more

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Expensive Gaps in Estate Tax Planning

POWER POINTS > In an effective estate plan, both federal and state estate taxes must be considered. > Flexibility is essential to allow the trustee to maximize the available exemptions or defer estate tax liability for as long as possible. … more

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2018 Estate Tax Update

POWER POINTS > The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act increases the estate and gift tax exemption to $11.2 million per person in 2018. > Estate plans that are outdated or fail to consider the estate tax at the state level … more

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Painless Estate Planning

Creating a responsible estate plan does not have to be as painful or difficult as many people believe. As a matter of fact, the whole process can be completed within a few weeks. More importantly, once it is complete, you … more

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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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Beware of Non-Specific Estate Planning Advice

> 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

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David Bowie’s $100 Million Estate

> While estate taxes cannot always be avoided, they can be minimized through proper planning. > Privacy and probate avoidance can benefit estates of all sizes, not just celebrity estates. > If specific funeral wishes are important, they should be … more

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The Value of Proper Estate Planning

> Reducing the estate tax and administration burden on your family during a difficult time is an invaluable benefit of proper estate planning. > An incomplete estate plan can lead to extensive legal costs and permanently strained relationships. > The … more

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