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Fixing the Imploding Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust
Nancy Klotz - Trusts & Estates
Using Family Entities for Planning With Artwork
Darren M. Wallace and Alexis Gettier - Trusts & Estates
Tax Planning With Self-Settled Non-Grantor Trusts
William D. Lipkind - Trusts & Estates
Planning at the Eleventh Hour
David A. Handler and Kristen A. Curatolo - Trusts & Estates
Marital Sharing of Transfer Tax Exemptions
Kerry A. Ryan - Boston College Law Review
Special Report: Summaries from the 2016 Heckerling Institute
Special Report: Summaries from the 2015 Heckerling Institute -- 1/05/2015
Clark Decision Complicates Planning for IRA Owners -- 6/12/2014
Quick Take: Recent Cases Allow Probate of Electronic Wills -- 2/14/2014
Special Report: Summaries from the 2014 Heckerling Institute -- 1/10/2014
Independence, Technology, and Connection in Older Age
This report, from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, seeks to identify technologies and policies that will maximize the independence, productivity, and engagement of Americans in their later years. February, 2016.
AICPA Comments on Basis Consistency Proposed Regulations
In a June 1, 2016 letter, the AICPA comments on the proposed regulations under Codes sections 1014(f) and 6035. The AICPA suggests that final regulations omit the "zero basis rule," delete the reporting requirement for subsequent transfers by beneficiaries, and address several other technical issues.
Map: State Estate and Inheritance Taxes
Tennessee repealed its estate tax (confusingly called an inheritance tax by the state) this year, the culmination of a multi-year phase-out, and Indiana completed the repeal of its inheritance tax in 2013. Maryland and New York are in the process of phasing in new, higher estate tax exemptions, eventually matching the federal exemption level ($5.9 million) by 2019. Minnesota is in the process of doubling its exemption from $1 million to $2 million over five years. The District of Columbia is slated to phase in higher exemptions to the estate tax as new revenues become available.
PRACTICAL Tool - American Bar Association
The PRACTICAL Tool aims to help lawyers identify and implement decision-making options for persons with disabilities that are less restrictive than guardianship. It is a joint product of four American Bar Association entities – the Commission on Law and Aging, Commission on Disability Rights, Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice, and Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, with assistance from the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making.
“PRACTICAL” is an acronym for nine steps for lawyers to identify these options. The lawyer can use the PRACTICAL checklist of steps during the client interview and immediately after to assist in case analysis. The steps blend in naturally with the case interview process. Lawyers serving in different roles may use the steps differently.
Traditional and Roth Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs): A Primer -- CRS
This Congressional Research Service report explains the eligibility requirements, contribution limits, tax deductibility of contributions, rules for withdrawing funds from the accounts, and provides data on the account holdings.