A recap of the Treasury Department and IRS’s Priority Guidance Plan for the 12 months from July 2020 through June 2021.
An explanation of beneficiary designations and income tax consequences related to ERISA and qualified plans during divorce.
An overview of comments ACTEC submitted to Treasury on 10/5/20 issues regarding proposed regulations under IRS Code Section 1061.
COVID-19 has ravaged U.S. nursing homes. Professor David English offers valuable information, resources and guidance for 2020 and beyond.
Gifts of assets, securities or cash to beneficiaries in community property states can be complicated. Here’s what you need to know.
Learn about the risks of using gift and estate tax exemption that could impact the use of the remaining gift and estate tax exemption.
The conclusion of “Truth, Transparency, and the Right of Privacy.” Duncan Osborne shares his views on balancing attorney-client privilege and an individual’s right to privacy.
Pt. 2 of Truth, Transparency, and the Right of Privacy. Duncan Osborne, a chair of the Financial Action Task Force, shares lessons learned from FATF.
“Truth, Transparency, and the Right of Privacy” – Part 1 – from Duncan Osborne, a chair of the FATF and past-president of ACTEC.
A discussion of how truth, transparency, and an individual’s right to privacy affect attorney-client privilege and the law.
A discussion of the impact of DNA testing on inheritance, intestacy laws, surrogacy, and use of frozen embryos postmortem.
An estate planning expert explains the potential business planning issues when giving a family office an interest in an investment partnership it manages.
An explanation of what donors need to consider when making a charitable donation to a nonprofit? What restrictions need to be thought through?
A review of the dangers of borrowing from a charitable endowment fund during the 2020 pandemic and financial crisis.
What is ante-mortem probate? How does it differ from premortem probate and is it the ultimate will contest prevention technique?
“Loose Lips Might Sink Ships—The Ethics of Disclosure by Estate Planners,” that is the subject of today’s ACTEC Trust and Estate Talk. Transcript/Show Notes This is Travis Hayes, ACTEC Fellow from Naples, FL. Have you ever received a letter requesting a copy of your...
An explanation of how the SECURE Act impacts special needs trusts, AMBTs, and disabled and chronically ill beneficiaries from experts in the subject.
Unique insight into possible estate and gift tax legislation, transfer tax legislation, during and following the 2020 election year.
Reviewing and creating estate planning documents – POA, medical directives and living wills during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 estate planning strategies including the gift tax annual exclusion, IRS code 2503(e), low interest loans to family, SLATs and CLTs.
An expert estate planning attorney reviews the options available for reporting the income tax from grantor trusts.
Information for estate planners when a will or trust includes a beneficiary who resides abroad including residents of Israel and the UK.
An explanation of how gifts from non-US persons can pass completely free of US gift tax if they are done correctly.
A deep dive into IRS Code Section 7872 and how to utilize the code in intrafamily loans and split-dollar loans.
An overview of how Charitable LLCs can be used legitimately and possibly abused when pushed too far.
A discussion of charitable gift agreements and the necessary preparation for negotiating and drafting an agreement to protect the client.
Discussion is aimed at entertainment industry audience regarding issues related to their assets and rights, such as name/likeness rights and house trusts.
Estate planning lending techniques including a Graegin loan, GRAT, IDGT, and life insurance premium financing.
Estate planning experts discuss the gifting risks for moderate estates that want the flexibility to access assets in the future.
A discussion of The Uniform Law Commission’s new Electronic Wills Act from ACTEC Fellows that chaired the drafting committee.
An explanation of how Medicare benefits work, especially Medicare Parts A, B, D, disability requirements and the penalties associated with not enrolling on time.
Understanding the pitfalls and tax traps when donating from an IRA to a charity under the SECURE Act. An explanation of how Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRTs) and charitable giving has changed.
The new SECURE Act provides tailored treatment for special needs and disabled beneficiaries. Learn how the SECURE Act impacts these special beneficiary categories.
Conduit and accumulation trusts have changed under the SECURE Act. Learn how to mix and match under the new law.
Understanding the SECURE Act’s impact on common estate planning issues such as naming surviving spouses and adult children as beneficiaries.
Recommendations for trust and estate attorneys as to what to discuss with clients and next steps following the SECURE Act.
Experts discuss how to build autonomy in estate planning with next-generation beneficiaries through trust, purpose and opportunity grants.
Balancing independence of retirees, the SECURE Act and other 2020 estate planning hot topics are discussed in this special 100th ACTEC Trust and Estate Talk podcast.
ACTEC Fellows discuss the importance of creating positive experiences for beneficiaries in your estate plan.
What can you do when co-trustees disagree? How can you resolve trustee deadlocks? Learn more in this podcast.
Experts explain the characteristics of alternative investments, the risks associated with them, and how to identify the estate planning risks.
Learn about the guardianship policies of substituted judgment and best interest that guardians should consider when making decisions for a vulnerable person.
Powers of Attorney and Guardianship vary from state to state and internationally. Learn more about their portability and what’s recognized overseas.
Social Security and Medicare, the federal and state income taxation of Social Security, the ability of dependents to receive those benefits, self-employment tax and more in this podcast.
ACTEC Fellows explain the impact of judicial notice of facts and judicial notice of law surrounding evidence and litigation of trusts and estates.
The ins and outs of lay witness opinion testimony. A discussion of evidentiary issues surrounding lay people and Federal Rules of Evidence.
What to keep in mind when dealing with intrafamily business transactions, sales, and loans to avoid the scrutiny they receive from the IRS and the courts.
A detailed analysis of the advantages and considerations when using a Remainder Purchase Marital Trust, RPM Trust.
An explanation of the rigidity and flexibility of different business entities: C corporations, S corporations, partnerships and LLCs by tax experts.
What happens when the principal shareholder of an S corporation dies? Solutions are discussed by estate planning experts.
Are trusts considered marital property? A review of the Levitan v. Rosen and Pfannenstiehl v. Pfannenstiehl cases offer considerations when drafting of marital property provisions in trust documents.
What is the Life Insurance Transfer for Value Rule and how has it been changed following the Tax Reform Act? An expert on the topic explains what you need to know.
A review of recent asset protection trust court cases – Wacker, Campbell, Cyr and Rensin – and offers the lessons learned from the rulings.
Understand how to minimize the risks and avoid fraudulent transfer rulings with creating self-settled spendthrift trusts.
An overview of the new Illinois Trust Code, which is based on the Uniform Trust Code, by a veteran member of the task force.
A review of ACTEC’s report provided to the US government on proposals to tax the deemed realization of gain on gratuitous transfers of appreciated property.
A deep dive into the benefits and concerns of Qualified Opportunity Funds and Opportunity Zones proposed regulations.
Understand the impacts of the SECURE Act and how it may affect non-spouse beneficiaries of retirement accounts.
The Tax Cut and Jobs Act had an enormous impact on existing trusts after divorce. Understand the impact and learn about ACTEC’s comments to the government and solutions to consider.
How do charitable pledges work for both the donor and charity? Learn the basics in this podcast from trust and estate experts.
An introduction to Individual Donor Advised Funds, the rules and advantages when compared to a private foundation.
Understand how Charitable Gift Annuities, CGA, can be structured with predictable and/or flexible payment streams.
A Charitable Gift Annuity is a simple and cost effective estate planning tool that benefits charities and donors during their lifetime. Learn more from an expert on the subject.
An overview of Charitable Lead Trusts including CLAT, CLUT, Grantor and Nongrantor Trusts from an estate expert.
Overview of Charitable Remainder Trusts, CRT, including CRAT, CRUT, Split-Interest Trusts and answers to frequently asked questions on the topic.
Complying with regulatory restrictions of private foundations can be confusing. Understand the issues that may arise and how to avoid excise taxes from an expert on the subject.
A primer on creating a charitable private foundation, federal tax rules, state laws and required corporate documents.
What you need to know regarding income tax charitable deductions for individuals following the 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act from an estate planning expert.
Overview of the fundamentals of basic charitable giving including income tax, the estate and gift tax, and donating to a foreign charity.
Learn what lawyers and society can do to protect an older adult’s independence and reduce stereotypes – especially women – from elder financial abuse.
Elder financial abuse and who commits it, how we can help protect the autonomy of older adults and understand what the law can do to protect against such abuses.
Many women have a longer lifespan than men. How does the differing longevity impact financial management and potential vulnerabilities?
How do attorneys balance an older client’s independence while protecting their assets? Professor Radford offers a synopsis of her 3-part lecture that begins August 6.
Understand the effect on trusts and how to minimize state income tax following the Supreme Court’s decision in North Carolina v. Kaestner.
A discussion of the evolution of the Uniform Trust Code and the changes in trust and estate design and administration.
California Supreme Court depublishes Special Needs Trust Case Scott v. McDonald following Amicus Brief by ACTEC.
Tips to protect assets in prenuptial agreements, divorce agreements, and how to manage associated estate taxes.
Trust and estate expert explain the importance of the US-Japan Estate, Inheritance and Gift Tax Treaty and how it works.
Update on UK tax treatment of offshore income gains arising in protected settlements and how investing in UK real estate impacts US citizens.
A discussion of the Uniform Law Commission’s new Uniform Fiduciary Income and Principal Act, UFIPA, created in July 2018.
Understand the ins-and-outs of third-party created irrevocable trust, examples and how they might vary between states.
A discussion of the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct surrounding scope of representation, communication, confidentiality, and conflict of interest.
How should a trust and estate attorney navigate the ethical and legal dilemma that occurs when a client asks for him or her to serve as a trustee?
Elder abuse by marrying to obtain wealth is on the rise. Understand the inadequate and new laws surrounding the issue.
Lessons learned after a court email of an order goes into a law firm’s spam filter. Understand what email management steps law firms should follow.
There are over 2,000 cryptocurrencies! Experts explain what fiduciaries and trust and estate practitioners need to know.
Issues facing the ULC regarding the Uniform Power of Appointment Act and the Uniform Directed Trust Act with an expert on the subject.
A review of 2019 hot topics for trust and estate practitioners including IRS Anti-Clawback and Section 199A regulations, GST Trust modifications and state tax developments.
An explanation of how Qualified Opportunity Funds and Opportunity Zones work and some of the intricacies surrounding them as of March 2019.
Can a person create a valid will that is not formally executed as required by state law? Find out more about electronic wills through discussion of the Horton v. Jones case.
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A discussion of irrevocable trusts historically and present day, examples of recent cases, about what this means for planners, litigators, and trustees.
Recent tax reform legislation makes divorce a more expensive proposition.
A discussion of fiduciary income taxation of trusts, trust residency and taxation in light of recent development in Supreme Court and other case law.
A discussion of the impact of unintended consequences of adoption language in multi-generational and dynasty trusts.
A sneak peek into ACTEC’s Guide for Agents Acting Under Power of Attorney, which will be released later this year. Learn more about the duties and responsibilities in this podcast.
How does sustainable and responsible investing intersect with fiduciary duty? May a trustee consider environmental, social, and governance, ESG, factors?
What trust and estate attorneys need to know to keep up with the advances in technology, especially in the area of digital assets is discussed by ACTEC Fellow John Rogers.
Beth Shapiro Kaufman breaks down what wealth advisors need to know about the IRS and Treasury’s release of the 2018 Priority Guidance Plan.
Congress enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 which doubled the estate, gift, and generation skipping transfer tax exemption. Hear more about possible follow up legislation.