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Applicable Federal Rates and Code Section 7520 Rate for July 2018 – Upward Trend Continues

The applicable federal rates (AFRs) under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Section 1274(d) and the Code Section 7520 rate (7520 rate) for a particular month are published by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in a Revenue Ruling that is released around the 18th day of the immediately preceding month. Advance knowledge of the rates for the … Continue Reading

GT Alert: Estate Planning Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On Dec. 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) was signed into law. It is the most sweeping federal tax legislation in decades and significantly changes the landscape of individual, corporate, partnership, international, and trust and estate taxation. In general, the changes made by the Act take effect as of Jan. 1, … Continue Reading

GT Alert – Highlights of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On Dec. 20, 2017, the House and Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R.1, and this bill is on its way to President Trump for signature.  When signed into law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would have a wide impact on various aspects of U.S. federal individual, corporate, partnership, international, and trust and … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Todd Steinberg Quoted in Forbes

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder, Todd Steinberg, was recently quoted in Forbes where he discusses, in particular, the estate tax repeal. The article is in response to recently issued bill, H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts, and addresses the potential legislative tax law changes on the horizon.  Steinberg reminds readers this is proposed legislation and there … Continue Reading

Making Final Arrangements for Funerals and Dispositions of Remains

Unlike Halloween, funeral arrangements shouldn’t be a spooky mysterious process. If your wishes are not specified in writing, how will your family and friends know your ideal ultimate resting place? To avoid confusion and added stress in a time of grief and mourning, as much of the desired funeral and burial/cremation arrangements should be made … Continue Reading

State Law on After-born Children Leads to Revocation of a Will

State statutes play an essential role in drafting estate planning documents, especially a will.  In some states, the birth of a child after the execution of a will may result in the revocation of the will, if not carefully drafted.  A recent Georgia case, Hobbs v. Winfield, 2017 WL 4017935 (Ga. 2017), emphasizes the importance … Continue Reading

What Happens to My Social Media Accounts When I’m Gone?

When working on their legacy plan, most individuals focus on their finances and real and personal property.  However, over the past few years and the rise of social media, many of our prized memories and photographs are now stored online – Facebook, Instagram, Google, Twitter, and so on.  Each social media company has its own set … Continue Reading

President Barack Obama Signs New Legislation Regarding Special Needs Trusts

On Dec. 13, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act (Act) allowing individuals to create their own self-settled special or supplemental needs trust (SNT), without having to go to court. [1] Prior to enactment of this new law, disabled individuals who did not have a living parent or grandparent (or did not … 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

Greenberg Traurig’s Diana Zeydel Featured In Forbes

Greenberg Traurig attorney, Diana Zeydel, was recently quoted in Forbes where she discusses the new proposed regulations regarding the valuation of family limited partnerships. These new proposed regulations would likely make it more difficult for business owners and others to manage their estate tax exposure. To read the full article, click here.… Continue Reading

Portability of the Estate and Gift Tax Exclusion – How Does it Work?

Portability refers to the ability of a surviving spouse, to make use of a deceased spouse’s unused estate tax exclusion amount (DSUE amount).  Portability was intended to simplify estate planning for married couples by eliminating the need for a bypass trust.  However, in order to preserve the DSUE amount the surviving spouse must comply with … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Webinar – What’s Trending?

Greenberg Traurig Tax & Business Group attorneys, Jonathan Forster and Todd Steinberg, hosted a webinar on important recent developments in the estate planning marketplace.  Forster and Steinberg reviewed the latest on the Morrissette case (the very first reported generational split dollar tax court case), the settlement of Woelbing (the latest seminal case involving installment sales to grantor trusts), … 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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