Supreme Court: No ERISA Protection for “Church-Affiliated” Retirement Plans Run by Hospitals, Health Care Facilities

By Edwin P. Morrow III, J.D., LL.M. (Tax), CFP®, CM&AA® On June 5, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton concerning whether ERISA applies to church affiliated non-profits that run hospitals and health care facilities: click here to view. It may erode certain retirement plan protections for employees of many hospitals and health care facilities loosely connected to churches, though the Court did not decide other arguments that may yet ultimately apply ERISA to them. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) generally obligates private employers offering pension plans to adhere…

Sometimes It Sucks To Be Right – IRS Wins, Business Founders and Their Families Lose

Download Printable Article By Carl L. Sheeler, PhD, ASA About six years ago, I was on a family office panel put on by Opal Financial in Newport, RI. About $2 Trillion in wealth is represented at such events.  The gist of my presentation was March 2009 marked the lowest decline in public stock market values since the Great Depression.  It was a key tipping point – perhaps more extreme given tepid growth in its aftermath.  Much of the attendees wealth was derived from investment in distressed assets (real estate, company debt and equity) acquired at steep discounts. These families had…

Cloud Still Hangs Over Validity of Nevada’s Perpetuities Law

Download Printable Article By Matthew D. Blattmachr, Trust Officer Despite the contention by some that the recent decision of the Nevada Supreme Court in Bullion Monarch Mining, Inc. v. Barrick Goldstrike Mines, Inc., 131 Nev. Advance Opinion 13 (Bullion) eliminates any question concerning the invalidity of the Nevada statute permitting trusts to last for 365 years, a careful review of this well written decision does not, in fact, seem to do so. In fact, the decision does not even appear related to trusts. The court frames the question it was asked to answer as “whether Nevada’s “Rule Against Perpetuities appl[ies]…

Nevada Supreme Court Approves 365-Year Dynasty Trusts and Sends a Message

Download Printable Article By Steven J. Oshins Esq., AEP (Distinguished) In a unanimous opinion issued on March 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the State of Nevada made a bold statement by ratifying the Nevada 365-year rule against perpetuities in the case of Bullion Monarch Mining, Inc. v. Barrick Goldstrike Mines, Inc., 131 Nev. Advance Opinion 13 (2015). Although the 365-year perpetuities law was already firmly engraved in the Nevada statutes and therefore this court case should have gone largely unnoticed, it was the message sent by the Nevada Supreme Court Justices to a small group of anti-Nevada promoters that…

Dahl v. Dahl: Utah Supreme Court Rules Trust Not a Domestic Asset Protection Trust!

Reproduced with Permission by and Courtesy of Leimberg Information Services, Inc. (LISI). For information about how to subscribe to LISI, click here. “The Court specifically uses the terms ‘strong public policy’ and ‘repugnant’ in their analysis. Query how they might have ruled had this been a defendant in a negligence action, for example, rather than it being a divorce matter. Would the Court still have applied Utah law under its ‘strong public policy’ and ‘repugnant’ requirements? It appears that the answer would be ‘no’ given this requirement that it be a ‘strong public policy’ and ‘repugnant,’ but this is far…