A recent New York Times article points out that some nursing homes are using guardianships to gain control of the assets of seniors in order to pay for past due medical bills. While it is sometimes appropriate for a nursing home or hospital to bring a guardianship petition on behalf of a senior, these nursing homes are using the court process as a debt collection mechanism. As we are growing older and living longer, it is vitally important for us to have proper planning in place for incapacity as well as long-term care planning. With a proper plan, the senior can qualify for government assistance to pay for long-term care costs and avoid the possibility of a guardianship being initiated by a nursing home.
This month we examine how the lack of proper estate planning left an inheritance exposed to payment of tax liens assessed against a son. The estate’s attempt to argue that the son’s share was not available because of mom’s desire that lifetime advancements to the son be repaid or, in the alternative, that the son had disclaimed his inheritance, did not convince the federal court that the IRS could not collect against the son’s share of the estate.
This month’s Alert focuses on charitable giving. Often, people like to think of charitable giving at year-end. In addition to year-end giving for income tax purposes, a client may wish to think about including charitable giving in their estate plan to capture income, gift, or estate tax savings. Whenever they do the giving, charitable giving is a great way to give back to the community!
This month’s Alert examines the rules regarding distributions from IRAs and retirement plans. In particular, it examines reasons to make a trust the beneficiary and rules regarding who is the measuring life for minimum required distribution purposes.
This month’s Alert examines two high-profile cases which illustrate the importance of naming guardians for minor children.
This month’s Alert examines how the “fiscal cliff” legislation could result in changes for estate plans. Depending on the couple, it might mean they could simplify their plan. However, there are many non-tax reasons that they may want to keep a more complex plan.
This month’s Alert discusses how the “fiscal cliff” legislation impacts your clients’ estate plans.
This month’s Alert gives an overview of developments affecting estate planning for same-sex couples. It recounts how recent elections approved same-sex marriages in several states. It also examines several cases which address the constitutionality of bans on same-sex marriage, including the Defense of Marriage Act.
This month’s alert focuses on the narrowing window to lock-in the current $5.12 million estate and gift tax exemption by gifting prior to year-end. The alert also examines why it may not be possible to wait and do this planning at the last minute.
This month’s Alert focuses on the increased trust litigation arising from the unintended consequences of the temporary repeal of the estate tax in 2010.