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Multiple States Reducing Estate Tax Threat for Families and Businesses

Since 2014, approximately nine states have eliminated or lowered their estate taxes. This was accomplished primarily by modifying and increasing specific exemptions thereby reducing the number of households that could be hit with a large estate tax bill. For example, Maryland is planning to raise its current $3 million estate tax exemption to $4 million in 2018. The District of Columbia is ahead of the game. In 2014, D.C. passed a major tax reform deal that included increasing its estate tax exemption amount from $1 million to $2 million at the start of 2017 and to ultimately match the generous federal...

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Benefits of a Series LLC

The Uniform Law Commission (ULC) recently approved the Uniform Limited Liability Company Protected Series Act (ULLCPSA) to help provide consistency in the language used to structure Series LLCs. This was necessary since the series LLC is a fairly new concept for structuring ownership in a business, but it appears to be gaining popularity across the country. Eight states have already enacted their own Series LLC laws. What Exactly is a Series LLC? The Series LLC is a limited liability company comprised of a master LLC and other subservient LLCs that are separate from each other to reduce liability exposure. Some people have...

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Real Estate Developers May Be Able to Avoid Gift Taxes When Passing On Developer Units

In February 2016, two Central Park condos owned by then-candidate Donald Trump had an estimated market value of $790,000 and $800,000. In April 2016, Trump sold these condos to his son, Eric Trump, for pennies on the dollar ($350,000 each, to be exact). For most people, this family-friendly sweetheart deal would typically incur hundreds of thousands of dollars in gift taxes. Not so for Donald Trump. Why? Because he was a real estate developer. A real estate owner who sells a piece of property for less than it’s estimated worth typically has to pay gift tax on the difference between the sale...

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How to Properly Establish a Living Trust

One of the best estate planning tools you can utilize is a living trust. Establishing a trust allows your loved ones to avoid lengthy and complicated probate and may save your family money in administrative expenses and taxes. So how do you set up a living trust? The requirements of a trust to be considered legally valid include: You need to have the intent to create a trust. This is a fairly simple requirement to meet by stating your intent in the trust document. You need to have the testamentary capacity to create a trust. This means you need to have the...

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