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.
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Our first video edition of "The Passionate Estate Planner" highlights the new 20% tax deduction for qualified business income. In less than 3.5 minutes, Richard Morgan shares the impact of this important provision in the 2017 "Trump" Tax Act. Who benefits? Who doesn't? Click on the picture below to watch and find out...
In light of the significant changes to Georgia trust law beginning July 1, 2018, we wanted to create an easy way for our readers to learn more about this important estate planning topic. Here is a listing of the current materials on our website: Introducing the M&D Will & Trust Improvement Service! This Newsletter introduces [...]
Consider what changes are needed to achieve desired goals. This is the up-front analysis that may need some significant and deep thought. This is not considering the type of legal process, but considering the technical changes needed to achieve the desired outcome. For example, if a trust is considered to be a grantor trust for [...]
While the reasons to decant or otherwise modify an irrevocable trust are as numerous as the imagination can create, here is a listing of some of the more common reasons: Correct trust drafting errors, such as scrivener's errors or ambiguous terms. A lot of trusts were simply not drafted properly and these mistakes can be [...]
by Richard M. Morgan The GA Trust Code will be modernized and greatly improved beginning on July 1, 2018. As one of a small number of members of the GA Trust Code Update sub-committee of the GA Bar Association's Fiduciary Law Section, our very own Richard M Morgan, was intimately involved with this new legislation. [...]
by Loraine M. DiSalvo President Trump signed the 2017 Tax2 Act on December 22, 2017, bringing a huge number of changes to the federal tax laws that affect individuals and businesses. This paper is intended to look solely at some of the changes to the income tax rules that apply to individuals,
It is clear that the 2017 Tax Act1 is significant and provides numerous fundamental changes that make our already complex tax system even more complex. With this level of complexity, it is likely that it will take several years for tax professionals to fully understand its terms and the planning needed to fully benefit from [...]
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.