Category Archives: Estate Planning

“For the 99.5% Act”: Proposed Estate Planning Implications

The recent tax bill proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders would dramatically alter the estate tax landscape and would eradicate or severely limit a number of estate planning strategies that families have relied upon for decades. These changes could be effective after December 31, 2021, in part, as follows: Estate and GST tax exemptions to be […]

“Blue Wave” Spending + Tax Changes Expected

The current governmental spending, tax, financial and political climate is provoking great concern regarding controlling and preserving assets. Be proactive in protecting your wealth – consider reviewing your estate, business and tax planning options in advance of the expected “Blue Wave” Spending + Tax changes. The time to plan is now. Transferring assets in-trust can […]

The “Perfect Storm” for Estate, Tax + Liquidity Planning

Right now, high estate tax exemptions, historically low interest rates and valuation discounting, along with proposed Biden administration tax reform to cover pandemic debt, have created a “perfect storm” for estate and tax planning. But this window of opportunity is not expected to remain open for long. Transferring your assets to a trust now can […]

Tax Planning: Major Changes Anticipated

The Georgia runoff election held Tuesday resulted in Democrats winning both Senate seats. Given the Democratic presidency and majority in the House of Representatives, it is likely that we will see major changes to the estate and gift tax rules that could significantly limit opportunities for estate and tax planning. President-elect Biden has proposed several […]

The 2020 Election Could Affect Your Estate Plan

The current financial and political climate urges us to think about controlling and preserving our assets. Be proactive in protecting your wealth – you may consider reviewing your estate planning options well in advance of the election and be ready to implement any changes before year-end. Consider estate planning in a way that benefits you […]

Don’t Miss Out On This Estate Planning Opportunity

Due to low interest rates and other planning factors, now is a great time to implement an estate planning opportunity known as a “Sale to a Grantor Trust.” This type of transaction takes advantage of current low rates while also reducing estate tax exposure by shifting future appreciation outside of the taxable estate. A simplified […]

Wealth Transfer Options to Consider Now

Keeping up with the rapidly evolving pandemic news can be confusing and exhausting. The markets are volatile, asset values are depressed and business valuations are historically low. But this does not mean you should wait to address your estate planning. Now is the time to take action. Current market conditions have created great opportunities to […]

Helpful Estate Planning Opportunities

‘Shelter in place’ orders are allowing families to spend extended time together. One way to spend that time productively is to discuss any outstanding estate planning needs your family may have. Below are a few timely guidelines your family may want to consider: Locate and review existing estate planning documents It’s easy to take the […]