FREE WEBINAR – Trusts: Planning and Drafting for Divorce

Speakers: Gideon Rothschild, Esq., Martin Shenkman, Esq. and Rebecca Provder, Esq. Date and Time: Thursday, June 15th, 2017 at 1pm Pacific Time (4pm Eastern Time) Course Description: Trusts are one of the most powerful tools for planning to minimize the risk to assets in a future divorce. However, in order to achieve optimal results for clients, trusts must be drafted and administered in a manner that provides protection. Traditional trust drafting often falls far short of providing the safeguards clients want. What provisions should be used in drafting trusts to achieve better results? What trust planning techniques can be used…

Portability Trivia

By Brandon Ketron & Alan S. Gassman J.D., LL.M. (Taxation), Florida State Bar Certified Specialist in Wills, Trusts & Estates, AEP (Distinguished) A review of the Portability Rules at the Heckerling Institute gives rise to the following trivia, which estate tax planning lawyers should perhaps be memorizing: True or False [the answers are at the end of this article, but see how much you know]: 1. Under Section 20.2010-2(a), the portability election can only be made on a timely filed and complete estate tax return Form 706. 2. Estates that are required to file the Form 706 ( i.e. estates…

Trust Administration: Why it Should be a Part of Your Practice

By Kristin L. Yokomoto, J.D., LL.M. (Taxation) As an estate planner, you help your clients to achieve extremely important goals including, among other things, to nominate guardians for minors; avoid probate; minimize gift, estate and generation skipping transfer taxes; protect their children and other beneficiaries’ inheritance from creditors and predators; and nominate agents, trustees and executors who will manage their estate and make decisions for them upon incapacity or death. It can be a very fulfilling and rewarding process for both you and your clients during which time they necessarily share some of their most private information – marriage and…

Robert Keebler Podcast on the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017

Thanks to the generosity of Stephan Leimberg and Leimberg Information Services, we are pleased to bring to you complimentary podcasts on the following important updates. Senate Bill 205, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017 Senate Bill 205, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017, would not only repeal the estate tax — it would also eliminate a technique designed to reduce state income tax, the ING trust. Bob Keebler reports. LISI members can read more about S. 205 and other estate tax repeal proposals in Estate Planning Newsletter No. 2516 by Ed Morrow, published on February 10, 2017. To…

Free Webinar – Estate Planning in 2017 & Beyond

Courtesy of WealthCounsel, LLC Ever since 2001, the keyword for estate tax planning has been “flexibility.” Thanks to a 10-year phased-in temporary estate tax repeal, followed by a massive economic recession, and then followed by the Tax Act of 2012 that effectively repealed estate tax for all but 0.2% of the population in the United States, estate planning has been anything but predictable or boring.  Fast forward to 2017, estate planners are left wondering… “What will the Republican-controlled Senate and the Donald Trump Presidency bring in terms of tax changes and how will that impact the estate planning industry?” Estate…

What a Donald Trump Presidency Means for Estate Planning

By Jeramie Fortenberry, J.D., LL.M. (Taxation) Executive Editor & Legal Education Faculty WealthCounsel, LLC In a surprising upset, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump defeated Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton on November 8, 2016, to become President-elect of the United States. Republicans maintained a majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives, creating alignment between the White House and Congress and paving the way for Republican-backed legislation. Given the emphasis on taxes by both the incumbent Republican leadership and President-elect Trump, significant tax reform is more likely now than it has been in recent years. Trump’s tax plan is largely aligned…

Trump Wins: A Brave New World for Estate Planners

By Jonathan G. Blattmachr, Esq. & Martin M. Shenkman, CPA/PFS, AEP (Distinguished), MBA, J.D. Reproduced with Permission by and Courtesy of Leimberg Information Services, Inc. (LISI). For information about how to subscribe to LISI, click here. “The election of Donald J. Trump as our 45th President was largely unexpected. It is difficult to forecast what that will mean during his term, and, perhaps, his second term. However, he has proposed wide-ranging changes to the nation’s tax system which will affect virtually all Americans and their advisors. Estate planners in particular face a dramatic impact on their practices.” EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The…

2016 WealthCounsel Symposium Debrief

By Kristina Schneider, Executive Director It’s Tuesday, October 25, 2016 and I just returned to the office from the 2016 WealthCounsel Symposium in Washington, D.C.  The annual conference for WealthCounsel is always one that is a bit personal to me, as it was the conference I first attended a week after Phil hired me back in July 2004.  It’s always fun to see familiar faces and to be around the very people that we help throughout the year.  As an internet-based company, it’s pretty rare that we have face-to-face contact and most of all of my contact with our customers…

You, Inc.: Branding Yourself in a Competitive Estate Planning Industry

Download Printable Article By Steven J. Oshins Esq., AEP (Distinguished) We are Brands Whether you are an attorney, a CPA, a trust officer or a financial advisor, you are who people think you are.  Public perception is often more important than reality, at least in regard to the business you generate and the advisors and clients who contact you. You could be the smartest advisor in the world, but if nobody knows it then you won’t get the types of clients that you should be getting.  We’re all brands, whether we like it or not.  Other advisors think of us…

David vs. Goliath: How Nevada Became a Leading Trust Jurisdiction

Download Printable Article By Steven J. Oshins Esq., AEP (Distinguished) “Always remember…Goliath was a 40-point favorite over David.” -Shug Jordan (1910-1980), athlete and football and basketball coach Many years ago, Delaware was considered the go-to trust jurisdiction.  However, other jurisdictions enhanced their trust laws through the years, and the consensus now is that Nevada, South Dakota, Alaska and Delaware are the first-tier jurisdictions, at least in the minds of most trust practitioners. Delaware has always been the Goliath in the trust industry, whereas the other jurisdictions have served the role of David.  But Delaware has made less material enhancements to…