Posts tagged estate planning.

Partnerships and LLCs are common choices of entity for family-owned businesses, due to their flexibility and the many uses to which they can be put - including pooling of family assets, succession planning, asset protection, and confidentiality of ownership.

The transfer of partnership and LLC interests among family members is subject to gift and estate tax based on the fair market value of the interests. Valuation discounts are typically applied to reduce the value (and thus the tax cost) of the transferred interests because of various restrictions imposed on the interests that ...

Over the past few years, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of clients interested in holding assets in trust for their children. This is a trend we are noticing across the board, regardless of the size of the estate. This is not due to younger generations' lack of financial savvy or level of sophistication, but more related to the housing market bubble's bursting, uncertainty in the stock market and the fifty percent divorce rate. Parents have shown an increased concern in insulating their children's inheritance from these more prevalent pitfalls. Particularly when the ...

Family limited partnerships have long been a valuable tool of the estate planner. Although historically recognized as providing estate tax planning benefits through the discounted value of assets, these limited partnerships can also implement succession planning goals for the closely-held or family-run business, including the transition of management/leadership for the business.

Limited partnerships provide three key benefits to the business owner:

  1. a limited partnership is not subject to income tax - it is a "flow-through" entity for income tax purposes;
  2. in organizing the ...

I was very saddened to hear of the passing of recording artist Prince on April 21, 2016. As I watched my social media accounts surge with tributes and song lyrics, I allowed myself to reminisce and feel nostalgic about the 1980s. Most recently, I was quite surprised to learn along with the rest of the world, that Prince died without a Will.

If a person dies without a valid Last Will and Testament it is known as dying "intestate." In each state there are laws which dictate how property passes when someone dies without a valid Will. These are commonly referred to as laws of "descent and ...

We have previously discussed the advantages of using a revocable trust to implement your estate plan. In this post we will discuss in greater detail the advantages of ease of administration, flexibility in valuation, discretion in the management, and lower cost. These advantages can be best understood by comparing the probate process to the administration of the typical revocable trust.

First and foremost, the administration of the revocable trust is much more efficient because accounting for the activities of the trust can be managed through the cooperation of the trustee and ...

Is a revocable trust for you? There are a number of factors for you and your attorney to consider. One considerations is the most efficient and cost-effective way to transfer assets at death to your beneficiaries. In many cases, the revocable trust is the most efficient path. A well-drafted revocable trust agreement should provide greater flexibility in carrying out the wishes of the decedent and protecting the interests of the beneficiaries.

The transfer of assets owned by someone at his death occurs through a court-supervised process generally referred to as "probate" or "estate ...

One of the issues attorneys assess in evaluating an appropriate estate plan for a client is whether a revocable trust, also known as a living trust, is the best vehicle for implementing the client's wishes. The revocable trust is frequently used with a Last Will and Testament to direct assets to intended beneficiaries but may also minimize the expense and delays of the probate process. A revocable trust does not change the disposition of the estate, but in many cases the trust is a more efficient path to achieve the transfer of assets.

As with all legal issues, many factors play a role in this ...

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