Succession Planning Articles
Posted by Robert Ingrasci on December 15, 2020
“Silent” trusts limit the amount of information shared with beneficiaries. In some cases, they may even keep the existence of the trust a secret. This article explains how a silent trust can reduce disincentives for heirs to act irresponsibly or neglect their education or careers, but there are also several drawbacks to using this estate planning tool.
Posted by Cheryl A. Jankowski on August 10, 2020
Today's increased gift and estate tax exemptions enable wealthy families to give away substantial wealth gift-tax-free, but they must act before the exemption amounts revert in 2026 to previous levels.
Posted by Timothy Bubar on July 16, 2020
There's nothing like a deadly global pandemic to remind us of our mortality. It's never too soon to begin thinking about what you would like to see happen to your business once you retire or are no longer able to run the company you built. The sooner you begin to plan, the greater the chances you'll reach your goal.
Posted by Cheryl A. Jankowski on July 07, 2020
The full impact of COVID-19 is unknown. While we wait for questions to be answered many are asking what can we do right now? What’s next for our families? What's next for family businesses and the people who work for them? Planning for our future generations is the greatest gift we can give, particularly during times of uncertainty.
Posted by Robert Ingrasci on June 11, 2020
If you haven't already named a guardian for your minor children, the COVID-19 pandemic may spur you to act. Should you and your spouse die or become incapacitated, you don't want to leave the decision up to a court. And what if you're seeking to become the guardian of a child?
Posted by D’Marie Murray on May 11, 2020
If you're caring for elderly parents, you probably don't have a lot of extra time to think about estate planning, but if your parents have neglected to make a will and prepare other important legal documents that help ensure their wishes are carried out, make it a priority.
Posted by Michē Needham on March 23, 2020
The federal government has been working on various relief measures to help individuals and small businesses cope with the situation, including tax relief provisions. Here are the tax changes that have been finalized so far.
Posted by Robert Ingrasci on February 28, 2020
Through a process known as decanting, many irrevocable trusts that have become ineffective or obsolete due to changing tax laws or family circumstances may be “fixed.” However, a trust's terms and state laws determine the degree to which a trustee can alter the original trust document.
Posted by Cheryl A. Jankowski on January 24, 2020
The SECURE Act contains a number of favorable provisions that will help Americans save more for retirement. However, the new law also contains an unfavorable provision that will affect nonspouse IRA beneficiaries who inherit accounts with substantial balances.
Posted by Cheryl A. Jankowski on December 17, 2019
Some business owners design their estate plans without consulting a business valuation professional, but do-it-yourself valuations can be risky.