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Know the Legality of Electronic Signatures

In a time of global transactions which more often than not occur without a single physical meeting between the parties, it is important to understand when an electronic signature is legal and appropriate. The two federal statutes that address this question are the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act 2000 (ESIGN) and the … Continue Reading

IRS Temporarily Halts PLRs on Certain GST Tax Issues

On March 3, 2017, Melissa C. Liquerman, a branch chief for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, announced at the Federal Bar Association Tax Law Conference that, due to “budget cuts and prolonged strain on agency resources,” the IRS is temporarily suspending the issuance of private letter rulings (PLRs) relating to certain generation-skipping transfer (GST) … Continue Reading

Trusts Can Provide Benefits Even for the Most Financially Savvy

In planning for the next generation, many parents struggle with the decision of whether to transfer property to their children outright or in trust.  Some feel that transferring property outright is the best option when the beneficiary is competent (i.e., mature, intelligent, financially savvy, and capable of managing money and making investment decisions).  A beneficiary … Continue Reading

Estate and Asset Protection Planning for Special Needs

Although important for all families, estate planning is critical for those with a special needs child or spouse.  Eligibility for means-tested government benefits could be jeopardized by leaving an improperly structured inheritance to a special needs person.  Consequently, finding a way to provide for special needs family members without interference with eligibility for government assistance … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Webinar – 2016 Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning: Key Take-Aways

Greenberg Traurig Tax & Business Group attorneys Jonathan Forster and Todd Steinberg, along with AALU Director of Public Policy, David Hollingsworth, hosted the 2016 Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning webinar.  Hollingsworth provided the political and legislative update and discussed the challenges facing the insurance industry. Forster discussed what is trending  in the marketplace, including rising interest … Continue Reading
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