Estates and Trusts

Planning for 2022: Tax Updates for a Happy New Year

Dec 13 2021
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With a new year approaching, the IRS has released 2022 figures for the federal lifetime gift and estate tax exemption, as well as the annual gift tax exclusion and others. Despite concerns that President Biden will significantly reduce the federal …

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Three Essential Steps to Business Succession Planning: Step 1

Nov 15 2021
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What is business succession planning? If you have been actively involved throughout your career in building your business and overseeing its continued success, thinking about retirement can call for answers to difficult questions. Your situation may involve a child who …

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Estate Planning Documents: An Overview

Sep 27 2021
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We have compiled a list of the minimum statutory requirements for the critical estate planning documents. In addition, our attorneys make recommendations for additional steps to take in executing each document. Last Will and Testament What is a Last Will …

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Estate Planning After Divorce: Don’t Forget to Protect Your Assets!

Jul 21 2021
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Your divorce is over. Your marital property has been divided, and you know what assets are yours. You are exhausted yet relieved that the process is finally over. It’s time to relax and recover, right?    Estate planning after divorce is often neglected. It is so easy to become wrapped up in the emotion of the process …

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Healthcare Power of Attorney MUST Be on Your College Checklist

Jul 12 2021
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Do you have healthcare and financial powers of attorney for your college student? If you are one of the many parents making preparations to send a child off to college in the next few weeks, you probably have a list …

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A Look into the History of Pride and (Tax) Prejudice

Jun 30 2021
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While taxes might not be the first topic that comes to mind when someone mentions Pride Month, taxes were exactly the issue at hand when the Supreme Court held that federal level discrimination against same-sex spouses violated the Due Process …

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What Happens if I Die Without a Will?

Jun 10 2021
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Most people intend to have a will in place when they die, but many never get around to drafting one and eventually pass with no formal estate plan in place. If you die without a will, the intestacy laws of …

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How Much Can I Gift? A Guide to Gifting and Taxes

May 06 2021
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Are you planning to give a special gift to a deserving graduate? Are you curious about the tax consequences of that gift? The Internal Revenue Service provides regulations regarding the definition of a gift, how much one person may gift, …

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10 Reasons To Update Your Estate Plan

Mar 11 2021
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If you have never created an estate plan, it is absolutely something to strongly consider. An estate plan provides protection for your assets and gives you a say in how your assets transfer at the time of your passing. Passing …

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Non-Traditional Families Should Have an Estate Plan – Here’s Why

Jan 22 2021
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Regardless Of Your Family Structure – Estate Planning Ensures Everyone Can Inherit According To Your Wishes Families come in all shapes and sizes, and regardless of your family structure, your loved ones can and should be provided for in the …

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