Welcome to Future Wealth Navigator

Sean R. Weissbart, Andrew J. Haas, and Kyle G. Durante — Welcome to Future Wealth Navigator! Authored by Blank Rome LLP’s dedicated Trusts & Estates team of seasoned estate and tax planning and administration attorneys from across the country, Future Wealth Navigator is a one-stop shop for all matters trusts and estates. Readers can expect in-depth…

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Increasing the Available Gift and Estate Tax Exemption for a Surviving Spouse

James R. O’Neill — In planning for the estate of a surviving spouse, the availability of the unused gift and estate tax exemption of his or her deceased spouse can be important, and particularly so with the impending reduction of the exemption. The federal gift and estate tax exemption, which was doubled pursuant to the 2017…

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To Trust, or Not to Trust: That Is the Question

Sean R. Weissbart — Mom and Dad, a lovely couple in their early 50s, meet with me to discuss their estate planning. Mom shares, “our two children—ages 23 and 25—are special and productive. One just graduated law school and the other finishes medical school next spring.” Dad jumps in, “when we die, split all of our…

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IRS Disallows Step-Up in Tax Cost Basis for Assets Held by an Irrevocable Grantor Trust

Kyle G. Durante — Under current law, assets acquired from a decedent receive an adjustment in cost basis to fair market value, thereby potentially eliminating significant unrealized gain. Although Congress has and likely will use this tax benefit as a pawn in future tax legislation, under current law, this benefit remains available to taxpayers. With respect…

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Don’t Wait until Time Is Up

Sara K. Osinski — Lately, friends, family, and clients seem to be asking the same questions: “When should I think about estate planning? Is it actually necessary for me to have an estate plan?” As life is unpredictable, it is better to start planning sooner rather than later. In fact, upon attaining the legal age of…

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