Category: Tax Planning

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Charitable Planning with Retirement Accounts

Charitable planning is an important element for many estate plans – whether your primary purpose is minimizing the estate tax burden for your loved ones or whether charitable giving is a lifetime habit that you wish to continue, retirement assets can be a wise choice of assets for those who are looking to leave a […]

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Should You Consider an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT)?

Life insurance is often one of the first investments people consider when they begin estate planning. The right policy can help cover certain expenses for your beneficiaries after you pass. However, choosing the right life insurance policy for you and your family can be a difficult and confusing process. Policies vary widely in their terms. […]

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Understanding Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs)

Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, or GRATs as they are commonly known, are a powerful tax-saving tool used by estate planners to shift assets with significant potential appreciation to beneficiaries without utilizing their lifetime gift tax exemption. When creating a GRAT, your assets are placed within an irrevocable trust which expires after a set period while […]

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Best Practices for Irrevocable Trusts

Sometimes, we are approached by prospective clients who wish to make changes to their irrevocable trusts—unaware that under current law, these trusts cannot be easily amended. In fact, modifying the agreements of an irrevocable trust, unless under very specific conditions, is a violation of state and/or federal law. As the current administration seeks to increase […]

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When Should You Include an Estate Planning Attorney in the Sale of Your Business?

We are often approached by clients who are in the process of selling their business. While we love to offer legal advice and recommendations regarding the sale, it is imperative that we are contacted before or during the negotiation stages. Once the letter of intent (“LOI”) is drafted, any guidance an estate planning attorney could […]

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3 Benefits of a Donor-Advised Fund as a Charitable Giving Strategy

If you are looking to make a positive impact on the world, while also reducing your tax liability, we encourage you to consider establishing a donor-advised fund. A donor-advised fund (DAF) serves as a vehicle to donate assets directly to a charity typically of your choosing. However, the sponsoring organization maintains ownership of the fund […]

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How to Reduce Estate Tax Exposure for Business Owners

Estate taxes are an unfortunate reality for beneficiaries lucky enough to qualify for them. You want your family to enjoy the fruits of your labor and possibly carry on the legacy of your business after you are gone. However, sometimes success comes at a cost. While only a small percentage of estates qualify for the […]

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When to Consider Using a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to Reduce Taxes

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) are distributions made directly from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to a qualified non-profit organization. Making a donation through a QCD at the right time can not only benefit a charity you feel passionate about, but can also help reduce the income tax impact caused when you begin taking Required Minimum […]

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