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Does Virginia Recognize Wills from Another State? Ashburn Estate Planning Lawyer Provides the Answer

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] According to migration data tracked by the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 264,000 people relocated to the Commonwealth of Virginia from another state in recent years. This likely means thousands of people who drafted a Will in another state will need to get the answer to an important question: Does Virginia recognize a Will drafted and notarized in a different state? Here is the answer: A Last Will and Testament created and effectuated in a different state will generally be considered valid in Virginia if it meets the legal requirements. Requirements to Create Legally Enforceable Will in Virginia If you do not...

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Estate Tax May Survive Federal Tax Reform

Congress is in the midst of debating tax reform which features an attempt to possibly repeal the federal estate tax (also referred to as the "death tax"). This tax typically effects high value estates that can result in a whopping 40 percent estate tax. In fact, the 40 percent estate tax affects approximately 0.2 percent of estates in America. That translates to 5,460 estates in 2017, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Institute. Though, there are sizable exemptions to the estate tax under current law. For example, in 2017, the estate tax exemption is $5.49 million per individual. This means an...

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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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New Administration May Mean Major Estate Tax Changes

The estate tax (also known as the "death tax") may be on the proverbial chopping block with President-elect Donald Trump ascending to Commander-in-Chief, along with a Republican-controlled Congress. Most, if not all, Republicans oppose the estate tax. President-elect Trump’s tax plan expressly calls for an outright repeal of the tax and imposing a capital gains tax on assets left to heirs above $10 million, according to Forbes.com. The estate tax is generally not an issue for most people due to the sizable exemptions afforded under the tax code. However, people often make the mistake that estate planning is the same thing...

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Time is Running Out for Maximizing the Effectiveness of Family Limited Partnerships in Your Estate Plan

Establishing a family limited partnership can be helpful in business succession planning, business continuity plans, and as a component of your estate plan. It is especially helpful if you own real estate, a family business, and concentrated positions of publicly traded stock. However, the IRS is starting to scrutinize these partnerships and has proposed a new regulation, specifically a revised versionof Section 2704 that could have a dramatic impact on your estate planning by eliminating valuation discounts. If you are looking to minimize your future estate tax this is critical and time is of the essence. Once the revised Section 2704...

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