Tag Archives: Minimizing Estate Tax

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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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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