Trust Basics

Whether you're seeking to manage your own assets, control how your assets are distributed after your death, or plan for incapacity, trusts can help you accomplish your estate planning goals. Their power is in their versatility--many types of trusts exist, each designed for a specific purpose. Although trust law is complex and establishing a trust …

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Planning for Succession of a Business Interest

Business Succession Planning—What Is It? One of the important decisions a business owner must face is when and how to step out of the business--in other words, business succession planning. Do you expect to retire from your business? Do you have a plan in place? What would happen to your business if you were to …

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IRS and Treasury Department Provide Guidance on Same-Sex Marriage

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have announced that same-sex couples who are legally married in jurisdictions that recognize same-sex marriage will be treated as married for all federal tax purposes. Guidance has been provided in the form of a Revenue Ruling (Rev. Rul. 2013-17) and associated Frequently Asked …

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Takeaways on Estate Planning Trends from Heckerling Institute

By Thomas P. Terry, CPA, Partner I spent the week of January 24 at the 53rdAnnual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning provided by the University of Miami School of Law. As always, it was a week full of exceptional speakers with even better thoughts and ideas. Yes, this is what I do for fun while …

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