What happens to your digital assets at death? Recent law changes let you design and control a digital estate plan for your online property.
As the baby boomer generation ages, women outlive their husbands more often than not. Too often, the couple’s financial advisors sit across from aggrieved widows who were not involved in money decisions. In this situation, what can boomer women (and their advisors) do to ease the pain and burden?
Fiduciaries must also offer a careful review of the probable tax impact of any investment strategy — without a tax-efficient focus, their work remains incomplete.
For high net worth families looking for a robust, multi-generational tax strategy, private placement insurance and variable annuity contracts are a viable solution.
Will President Donald Trump repeal the Estate Tax? The truth is, thanks to the estate tax exemption, most Americans already experience a de facto repeal.
The law confers certain advantages or qualities on married couples. This is true in the arena of estate planning. None of these preferences necessarily extends to unmarried couples.
Often, a deceased person’s property passes wholly outside of the terms of their Will. This is called “non-probate” property because it does not have to go through the probate process at your death.
The proposed Treasury regulations would ignore restrictions imposed by state law or by agreement. This would burden the ability of a family business owner to control and enjoy their estate planning protections.
Estate planning can be an emotional process. People simply don’t enjoy thinking about what will happen to their loved ones, pets and property at their death. One way to overcome the emotional obstacle to estate planning is to consider the problems that can be solved with a solid estate plan.
Michelle M. Huhnke is a partner with the Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer law firm in Chicago and New York, focusing her practice on estate planning, charitable planning and wealth preservation. She works with clients and families to develop estate plans that address varied family circumstances and include efficient estate, gift and generation-skipping tax planning.