P-Wills & Estate Planning

The 2010 Tax Act, Gifts, and Perpetual Dynasty Trusts – The Perfect Estate Planning Combination

One of the many provisions of the tax law which became effective on December 17, 2010 (the “2010 Tax Act”) was a provision which effectively created federal gift and generation-skipping transfer (“GST”) tax exemptions1 of $5,000,000 for each individual U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident. Another provision made these exemptions subject to indexing for inflation [...]

Long-Term Trust-Based Planning Makes Focusing on Intent More Important

What is your true estate planning intent? Let this question sink in for a moment, then think about it again: What is your true estate planning intent? How do you want your loved ones to benefit from the assets you leave behind? Would you like to provide a safety net or a source of support? [...]

Historically Low Interest Rates Create Incredible Planning Opportunities for Those Who Act Quickly

The major, but temporary, changes to the federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer (“GST”) tax laws which were part of the December 17, 2010, tax act (the “2010 Tax Act”) have created a narrow window of opportunity for those who wish to have their hard-earned assets benefit them and their loved ones, rather than the [...]

2010 Tax Act and Videos

For this edition of our monthly Newsletter, the Passionate Estate Planner, we are going to try something different. Richard recently gave a speech at the 2011 Fiduciary Law Institute on important planning under the temporary 2010 Tax Act. While this speech was given primarily to other estate planning attorneys at this prestigious Georgia Institute, we [...]

Possibly the Best Way to Pass Assets to Your Children or Other Loved Ones: GST Planning – Part One

Eventually, we all pass on. At that point, assuming we didn’t die broke, we will usually leave some form of inheritance to people who survive us. Some of us also may also want to make gifts to our loved ones before we die. Proper estate planning allows you to control who will receive a gift or inheritance from you, and to decide how the recipients will benefit from the assets. Proper estate planning... read more

Possibly The Best Way to Pass Assets On To Your Children or Other Loved Ones: GST Planning – Part Two

In our last newsletter, we introduced the concept of “GST planning,” which is, in essence, estate planning using the generation-skipping transfer (“GST”) tax exemption in conjunction with long-term trusts to provide great benefits for the intended beneficiaries of a gift or inheritance. Last month’s newsletter article discussed the GST planning option, along with its incredible potential benefits and flexibility. We focused on trying to explain what GST planning is and what it can offer. In this issue we’ve focused on things you should keep in mind and consider when you decide to include GST planning in your own estate plan. read more...

Fiduciary Selection: A Critical Part of Any Well-Prepared Estate Plan

by Richard M. Morgan & Loraine M. DiSalvo In the estate planning context, a “fiduciary” is someone who will serve in a role of authority with regard to you, your assets, or your minor children. Fiduciary roles which may be part of an estate plan can include an Executor, a Trustee, a Guardian and/or Conservator, [...]

The Benefits of Proper Estate Planning

To see what happens without proper estate planning, let us consider a common family situation. Assume that you own most or all of the significant family assets in your individual name and you die leaving a spouse and minor children. If you die in Georgia without a valid will, your probate estate assets will be [...]

2011 & 2012: The Golden Gifting Years

As you should now know, The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the “2010 Tax Act”) became law December 17, 2010, and made a number of changes to the federal wealth transfer tax laws.  The federal wealth transfer taxes are the estate tax, the gift tax, and the generation-skipping transfer (“GST”) [...]

To What Extent Should You Rely On Temporary Wealth Transfer Tax Changes Made By the 2010 Tax Act?

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the “2010 Tax Act”) was signed into law by President Obama on December 17, 2010. Among the 2010 Tax Act’s many provisions were a number of items relating to the federal wealth transfer taxes, which are the estate tax, the gift tax, and the [...]

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