Please Join Us on Thursday, Nov. 5th for a Seminar at the Orange County Bar Assn. Top 10 (or so) Mistakes We See in Estate Planning – and Tips to Avoid Them! There are a variety of pitfalls, traps and missteps that practitioners and clients can make during the estate planning and administration process, any of […]
David J. Akins recently co-authored the article titled; Improvements Made to Florida’s Estate Tax Apportionment Statute which was published originally in the Florida Bar RPPTL Section’s ActionLine, Summer 2015 issue. The article may be viewed in its entirety HERE. David J. Akins is a shareholder in the Orlando office of the Dean Mead law firm. He received […]
Brian Malec on Florida’s Family Trust Company Legislation Brian M. Malec, attorney in our Orlando office, recently co-authored Florida Enacts Family Trust Company Legislation with Scott A. Bowman. The article was published in ActionLine; Fall 2014 edition. Brian was one of the principal authors of Florida’s Family Trust Company Legislation. Click HERE to view the article.
Consequences of Modification of a QTIP Trust Settlement: One Scenario in ‘The Tale of Moné Baggs Smith’ A “QTIP” trust is a “Qualified Terminable Interest Property” trust. It is often used by spouses in a second or subsequent marriage where at least one party has children from a previous marriage. The QTIP trust allows the […]
How to Modify a Credit Shelter Trust without Destroying Tax Benefits A credit shelter trust, often referred to as the “Family Trust,” helps married couples avoid estate taxes when passing assets to their heirs. Upon the death of the settlor, the spouse benefits from the trust assets and the income they generate for the remainder […]
The General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 Revenue Proposals released last month (the “Proposals”) contains several provisions that would affect estate planning clients. Most of the provisions have been included in the Administration’s prior Proposals, but a couple of new provisions have been added. Part I of this post deals with transfer tax changes […]
What Does the Demise of DOMA mean for Floridians? Section 3 of the of the Defense of Marriage Act (commonly known as DOMA) amended the Dictionary Act in Title 1, Section 7 of the United States Code to define “marriage” as only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife […]
Today, the United States Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued a very significant and consequential ruling, Revenue Ruling 2013-17, addressing tax issues arising from the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision of U.S. v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675, issued on June 26, 2013. For federal tax purposes, the IRS will now recognize all same-sex […]