In Part 1 of this newsletter series on “The Perfect Storm for Advanced Estate Planning,” we discussed how right now may be the perfect time to undertake advanced estate planning transactions. Why? The reasons include historically low interest rates, relatively low and volatile asset valuations, and an expectation of higher taxation on the horizon. In [...]
Now is the time to undertake advanced estate planning! The last time we made a call-to-action with this level of conviction to undertake more advanced estate planning was in late 2011 when interest rates began hitting historical lows. Well, we are hitting historically low interest rates again, and the interest rates for June 2020 are [...]
The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was enacted on December 20, 2019 and is now the law. While its primary goal was to encourage people to save more for retirement, it also attempts to cover the tax shortfall that will be caused by the Act’s taxpayer-friendly provisions, and that is where the problems arise.
What is this? This Quick Assessment Tool can be used to get a generalized answer as to how to deal with the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act effects on your IRA and Qualified Retirement Plan (“retirement plan”) accounts under your estate plan (“EP”). We still recommend that you review both the Secure Act Q&A and Secure Act Self-Assessment Tool / Full Discussion documents to better understand the issues and the most viable options in your situation.
As you are likely aware, Congress enacted legislation on December 20, 2019, commonly referred to as the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, that significantly changed the income taxation of retirement plan accounts, including Individual Retirement Accounts (“IRAs”) and Qualified Retirement Plans (“QPs”), after the death of the account owner/participant (“participant”).
This installment of our The Passionate Estate Planner newsletter will review what we at Morgan & DiSalvo consider to be the top six Estate and Tax Planning steps you should consider taking before the end of 2019. This list is not comprehensive, and we still recommend that you seek guidance from your CPA or other [...]
When was the last time you reviewed your estate plan? If it has been a while, it’s a good idea for you to make sure that as your life changes, your estate plan keeps up. Morgan & DiSalvo highly recommends that our estate planning clients come in for an estate planning review at least every [...]
By Allison Byrd In our January issue of “The Passionate Estate Planner,” we addressed ten common myths about estate planning. A classic misconception perpetuated in the movies, and number two on our list, is how a Will is read: The myth: My attorney will read my Will aloud in a musty, mahogany-paneled room, while [...]
Having a professionally prepared estate plan is a crucial part of planning for the future. A well-crafted Will-based or Trust-based plan can provide security and other protections for one’s beneficiaries, can help to avoid significant expense and inconvenience to them, and can provide peace of mind to the person making the plan.
Estate Planning and Related Issues for Same-Sex Couples in 2017: Obergefell v. Hodges Did Not Eliminate the Need for Extra-Careful Planning When It Created National Recognition for Same-Sex Marriages
In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, that marriage is a fundamental right that extends to same-sex couples.