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Friday, January 12, 2018

2018 Tax Law Changes

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) became effective on January 1, 2018. This law has the most sweeping impact on existing Estate Plans since the Reagan administration.  In fact, we believe almost all married couples will want to change the formula language in their existing Living Trusts that has been the “gold standard” for tax planning purposes since the 1980’s.  We have summarized some of the more notable changes below:


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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Most Family Business Owners Should Update Their Estate Plans

Family businesses are currently responsible for more than 70% of global production and are one of the principal creators of private wealth. For these reasons, skilled estate planning is essential to the tax-efficient transfer of the family business across the generations. The issue is that although most family business owners have estate plans in place, the plans are most likely outdated.


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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Are Family Limited Partnership Discounts In Danger?

IRS attorney Cathy Hughes, at a recent ABA Taxation Section Meeting in May, signaled the Service’s intent to release new proposed regulations under IRC §2704(b)(4) by mid-September. Those proposed regulations would likely include new “disregarded restrictions” built into family entity strategies that would, in turn, reduce or eliminate the use of valuation discounts in those entities.


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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Don't Let Emotion Sabotage Your Estate Plan

Although speaking about death and what’s going to happen once you’re gone are unpleasant topics that people naturally want to avoid, Paul Severo, senior vice president and financial advisor at RBC Wealth Management, points out that the sooner you being thinking about it, the better.

In the article written by Sandra MacGregor, Severo discusses what you can do to push past the emotional aspects of estate planning to make sure your surviving family members can successfully deal with issues that may arise after you pass away.


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Why Charitable Giving Is Great For Your Estate Planning

Charitable giving is not only a good way to contribute to society but it can also reduce tax exposure and educate younger generations about doing more for those less fortunate. By informing loved ones of your philanthropic objectives, you, as a donor, can get your family involved in this charitable giving process by holding family meetings to discuss goals and selecting charitable organizations that will receive your donations. This is an effective way to pass core values on to younger generations.


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