American Tax Payer Relief Act 2012

The Estate Planner’s Guide to the “Deal”

The business attorney’s focus when advising a client selling a business is necessarily the transaction itself. Primary considerations typically include maximizing the purchase price, reducing the income and other (e.g., real estate excise) taxes resulting from the transaction, and minimizing post-transfer contingencies placed upon the seller’s receipt of the sale proceeds (e.g., earn-out provisions). Although all of these factors are … Continue reading »

Taxpayer Friendly Federal Transfer

Lessons from S-Town on Estate Planning Issues Affecting Vulnerable Adults

Pop culture sometimes provides us with valuable lessons about the importance of estate planning. For example, as Trusts & Estates magazine pointed out, at the heart of the first season of the hit show Empire was a story of the trials and tribulations of business succession planning, as the head of a record company and family patriarch is diagnosed with a terminal … Continue reading »

States

Changing Your Residency to Avoid Washington Estate Tax

For Washington residents facing the possibility of a sizable estate tax bill, establishing residency in a different state may be worth considering, particularly for those who already have a second residence in another state. Establishing residency in another state may provide a tax advantage for some, but for others, the burdens of moving to a new home state ultimately override … Continue reading »

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Tax Court Rules for MPBA Clients in Rejecting Aggressive IRS Estate Tax Claim

In Estate of Purdue, T.C. Memo. 2015-249, the United States Tax Court denied an IRS attempt to disregard lifetime estate planning implemented by Barbara and Robert Purdue (the “Purdues”). MPBA attorneys, primarily Alan L. Montgomery and George W. Akers, advised Mr. and Mrs. Purdue with respect to the lifetime planning, and also represented Mrs. Purdue’s estate (the “Estate”) at the Tax Court. The Estate … Continue reading »

Recent Developments in Washington Power of Attorney Law

An essential component of a complete estate plan Durable powers of attorney are an essential component of a complete estate plan. These documents allow you to dictate the person who has the authority (the “agent”) to make important financial and health care decisions for you (the “principal”) if you become incapacitated and cannot make such decisions for yourself.  Durable powers … Continue reading »

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