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To Give or Not to Give…

To Give or Not to Give…

Charles A. Redd discusses the pros and cons of making gifts at this time of a greatly enhanced, historically high basic exclusion amount. At this time, and for the indefinite future, individuals have a greatly enhanced, historically high basic exclusion amount. This...
Bulletproofing the Estate Plan

Bulletproofing the Estate Plan

Charles A. Redd discusses restrictions on an laws relating to no contest clauses. A beneficiary may be motivated to contest a will or trust instrument because he believes he has sufficient grounds to invalidate the document (for example, due to forgery, lack of proper...
Connecticut Adopts Omnibus Trust Code

Connecticut Adopts Omnibus Trust Code

On June 25th, 2019, the Connecticut legislature enacted Public Act 19-137, an Act Concerning the Connecticut Uniform Trust Code. This massive bill, over 90 pages in length, adopts four major categories of revisions to Connecticut trust law that will greatly enhance...
Why You Must Fear The Estate Tax

Why You Must Fear The Estate Tax

(Forbes) — The estate tax is dead! Long live the estate tax! Like a Phoenix flaming on the political wind, only to extinguish, then burst anew, this now-you-see-me, now-you-don’t tax is overlooked only at the peril of lasting prosperity. For exposed families,...
Should Inheritances be Equal or Fair?

Should Inheritances be Equal or Fair?

Stanley H. Teitelbaum, Martin M. Shenkman A common issue for those trying to plan an estate, especially the dispositive provisions of a will or revocable trust, are the dispositive provisions. The issue is summarized in a short phrase: “equal versus fair.”  The vast...