Estate Tax

Federal Estate and Gift Tax Rules for 2013, Including Examples

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By passing the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”), President Obama and Congress have agreed on a first step towards solving our fiscal cliff problem.  While neither Democrats or Republicans seem overly “happy” with the new law, their compromise has created a level of stability in federal transfer taxes unseen in well over a…

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The Fiscal Cliff and Your Estate Planning (Part III): The Impact on You

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In the first post of this series, we discussed the fiscal cliff and its impact on our economy.  In the previous post, we covered the proposals most likely to be considered by Congress in the coming weeks.  In this final post of the series, we cover the impact of these proposals on you and the…

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The Fiscal Cliff and Your Estate Planning (Part II): Proposed Laws

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In Part I of this topic, we explained the fiscal cliff and how it will likely result in changes in estate and gift tax law that could affect millions of families in the coming years.  In this post, we discuss each of the main proposals regarding these taxes that seem to be under the most…

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The Fiscal Cliff and Your Estate Planning (Part I): The Basics

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The recent election results combined with the impending “fiscal cliff” means that there will most likely be changes in tax rates in the near future. For example, we are pretty much guaranteed that the federal estate and gift tax rules will change for the 12th time in the last 13 years. In fact, chances are…

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Follow-Up Answers to “Revocable Living Trusts in a Nutshell” Webinar

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Online Presentation This past Monday, I gave a 90-minute webinar entitled “Revocable Living Trusts in a Nutshell”.  It was sponsored by the good folks at the National Business Institute (“NBI”) and simulcast by West Legal Ed Center.  The course was geared toward a national audience and is approved for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit in…

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Maybe Joe Paterno’s House Transfer Wasn’t So Dumb After All

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“You see my husband as a saint, so he must be right in everything he says and does.  And then you see him as a devil, and everything he says and does must be wrong.  Well, my husband is neither a saint nor a devil.  He’s just a human being and he makes mistakes.”  Read…

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What is the Federal Estate Tax? Examples Using 2012 Rates

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Everyone Has an Estate For purposes of understanding the federal estate tax, we must first examine the definition of “estate” provided by the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. “Estate” Includes Property Owned at Death Contrary to what seems to be popular belief, every person has an “estate”, whether it’s worth $1 or $100 billion. An individual’s…

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Last Month in Estate Planning (October 2011)

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The following is a summary of popular topics discussed in estate planning blogs and articles last month. Federal Estate and Gift Tax Updates The IRS announced that for 2012, the federal estate tax exclusion will increase to $5,120,000 (it was $5 million in 2011).  As Julie Garber of about.com notes, this means that the lifetime…

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Last Week in Estate Planning (September 18 to September 24, 2011)

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This past week, there were several posts and articles that provided helpful information in terms of estate administration and the nuts and bolts regarding the transfer of decedent’s property to their rightful heirs. Top Posts and Articles of the Week Post of the Week Estate Auctions Aren’t Just for the Rich and Famous, Julie Garber,…

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Last Week in Estate Planning (September 4 to September 10, 2011)

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So I just saw “Contagion”, the movie released last week about the effects of a global pandemic.  While it certainly had a “could this really happen” feel to it, it also produced skeptical “who is going to profit from scaring the public due to the depicted realism” thoughts as well.  Read more...

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