New Tax Haven: Puerto Rico

By Jeffrey M. Verdon, Esq., Travor Moses, Esq. & Fernando Goyco-Covas, Esq. Puerto Rico’s politicians have aimed to spur investment and economic activity in Puerto Rico by changing their tax code.  These series of reforms, including the Individual Investors Act (Act 22-2012 and 138-2012), now mean that Puerto Rico offers the potential for exceptionally advantageous United States and Puerto Rican income tax exemptions which, as long as certain requirements are met within the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “IRC”),[i] can provide remarkable income tax relief to a wide universe of US citizens, residents, and even…

New Trustee Liability: Failure to Review Trust-Owned Life Insurance

By Richard Gilman, CFP® and Philip J. Kavesh, J.D., LL.M. (Taxation), CFP®, ChFC, California State Bar Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law The Uniform Prudent Investor Act (UPIA) requires trustees of Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILIT) to evaluate the appropriateness of the Trust Owned Life Insurance (TOLI) and to manage ILIT assets in a manner that minimizes costs and maximizes benefits to trust beneficiaries. This equates to a duty to not only acquire the right policy, but to review it periodically to be sure it still is in the best interests of the beneficiaries.  (Be aware that…

PLR Opens Door to Post-Death Exchanges of Non-Qualified Annuities Tax-Free!

By Robert S. Keebler, CPA, MST, AEP (Distinguished) & Michael E. Kitces, MSFS, MTAX, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, RHU, REBC, CASL IRC § 1035 generally allows taxpayers to make a tax-free exchange of one annuity for another better suited to the taxpayer’s needs. Until recently, however, this benefit was not available to taxpayers who inherited non-qualified annuities. Such taxpayers were stuck with the annuity selected by the decedent no matter how unfavorable it may have been for them. Recently issued PLR 201330016 now gives a green light to tax-free exchanges of such annuities, however, provided that certain requirements are satisfied.  This…

7 Tips for Taking Better Notes & Being More Efficient!

By Kristina Schneider & Megan DeLaGarza, Executive Assistants Whether you’re an executive assistant or any other type of administrative staff member, note-taking is an inevitable and unavoidable task that you will have in your daily routine.  There are so many different details and tasks necessary to complete your job that it is impossible to keep track of them all.  If you aren’t currently in the practice of taking notes during your meetings with your boss or supervisor, we highly recommend that you start now.  It’s a great way to prevent overlooking the small items and, if there’s ever any confusion…

Successful Seminar Marketing 101: Tips for Getting Started

Download Printable Article By Philip J. Kavesh, J.D., LL.M. (Taxation), CFP®, ChFC, California State Bar Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law (UPDATED JULY 2015) I am a big proponent of seminar marketing.  That’s because I have regularly used seminars to successfully build and grow my practice over the past 30 years. Benefits of Doing Seminars Before we get into how to start up the seminar marketing process, it’s important for you to understand the benefits of doing seminars.  Some people believe that seminars are about educating people on estate planning or building your image and firm name…