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Posts Tagged ‘wills’ Category

Icon Written by Jeff Bellamy on February 6, 2011 – 9:33 am

It’s official! President Obama signed into law the Tax Relief Act of 2010 making major gift, estate and generation skipping tax changes. Under the new law, the estate tax exemption is increased to $5 million per taxpayer and the maximum tax rate is lowered to 35%. In addition, the unused exemption of a deceased spouse may be transferred to the surviving spouse, who together would have a combined estate tax exemption of $10 million per couple. This article highlights the implications of these tax law changes on estate planning.

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Funding the Family Exemption Trust: Should You Leave All of Your Assets Outright to Your Spouse?
Icon Written by Jeff Bellamy on January 21, 2010 – 3:53 pm

By Dennis L. Voelkel, Esq. Federal estate tax planning has become a less important planning objective for an increasing number estate planning clients due to a combination of the substantial increase in the federal estate exemption in recent years and the decline in the net worth of many clients due to the slide real estate […]

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When Should Assets be Distributed to Your Beneficiaries?
Icon Written by Jeff Bellamy on July 6, 2009 – 7:10 am

When working with clients to design their estate plans, I often remind them that they are only limited by their imaginations, and they can provide whatever instructions they feel are appropriate to their situation.  My job is to guide them in that decision process, helping them implement their objectives while avoiding unnecessary complexity, rigidity and […]

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