Category Archives: Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer

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2018 Will Bring Increases to Annual Exclusion, Gift and Estate Tax Exemptions

The IRS has announced that the gift tax annual exclusion will increase from $14,000 to $15,000 in 2018, which will allow donors to give up to $15,000 ($30,000 combined for married couples) per donee each year without incurring gift tax or using the lifetime gift and estate tax exemption. In addition, the lifetime gift and … Continue Reading

A Reprieve from Proposed Regulations Related to Valuation of Family Businesses?

In December, we posted a blog discussing a much anticipated hearing held on the Treasury Department’s issuance of proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code (sometimes referred to as the 2704 proposed regulations) that could significantly impact the valuation of interests in family-owned businesses for estate and gift tax purposes. Comments made by … Continue Reading

Special Needs Trusts Through the Lens of a Financial Planner

I met recently with my friend and advisor, Lauren Pearson, CFP®, to learn more about Special Needs Trusts. Lauren is a managing director and partner at HighTower Twickenham, an industry leading wealth management firm. Lauren has a great deal of experience advising families in this area and has experience in her own family. D.: Lauren, … Continue Reading

Update On Proposed Tax Regulations Affecting Availability of Valuation Discounts to Family Business Owners

In September, we posted a blog discussing the Treasury Department’s issuance of proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code (sometimes referred to as the 2704 proposed regulations) that could significantly impact the valuation of interests in family-owned businesses for estate and gift tax purposes. When first issued, there was significant discussion among … Continue Reading

Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts: A Potential Win-Win for Your Assets

In this final installment in our three-part series, we discuss the planning technique known as Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts (CLATs). Like Intra-Family Loans and Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs) described in previous blogs, a CLAT is an excellent strategy to use during a low-interest-rate environment, and is particularly effective for individuals who are either currently making, … Continue Reading

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too? “Zeroed Out” Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts

With IRS-prescribed interest rates at historic lows and much like Intra-Family Loans described in a previous blog, a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT) presents an excellent opportunity to transfer wealth to lower generation family members with reduced (or no) federal transfer tax costs. A GRAT is a trust often established by a parent, the trust’s … Continue Reading

Proposed Tax Regulations Limit Availability of Valuation Discounts to Family Business Owners

For family business owners who desire to transfer ownership of part of their business to the next generation, the valuation of the business interest is often an important factor to consider. This is especially true for family business owners with sufficient assets who are concerned about minimizing estate taxes at their deaths. Under current tax … Continue Reading

Intra-Family Loans: An Estate Planning Strategy in a Low-Interest Rate Environment

In the current economic environment, IRS-prescribed monthly interest rates for certain intra-family transactions are at historic lows. As a result, an excellent opportunity exists to transfer wealth to lower generation family members while minimizing taxes through the use of “Intra-Family Loans.” One simple technique that is particularly effective in the current low-interest-rate environment is to … Continue Reading

For Love or Money: Considering Prenuptial Agreements

The question of prenuptial agreements comes up often in multi-generational family-owned businesses. The question is typically raised by mom or dad, or maybe grandmother or grandfather, and goes something like: “We’re all very excited about [daughter’s/son’s] upcoming wedding. Do you (i.e., family lawyer) think you should talk to [daughter/son] about signing a prenup? We think … Continue Reading
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