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  • Your Family Will Not Lose Half of Your Estate to Taxes or Probate
    Your Family Will Not Lose Half of Your Estate to Taxes or Probate

    We try to get a feel for the client’s real objectives in setting up a plan at the initial Estate Planning meeting. This allows us to create a plan that is customized to meet the specific needs and ...

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  • Hanging 5 x 5 Powers
    Hanging 5 x 5 Powers

    A common term thrown around in the world of federal Estate and Gift Taxes is “Hanging 5 x 5 Powers” or “Hanging Withdrawal Rights”. This concept exists in trust planning to balance two concepts of tax ...

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  • Estate Tax Likely to Remain (Mostly) Unchanged
    Estate Tax Likely to Remain (Mostly) Unchanged

    January 2, 2013 – With the “fiscal cliff” looming, estate planners and tax attorneys were left wondering what to do to take advantage of historically tax-friendly Estate Tax laws. The answer may have ...

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  • Using a GRAT to Strategically Reduce Estate Tax
    Using a GRAT to Strategically Reduce Estate Tax

    A very effective tool in reducing federal Estate Taxes is lifetime gifting. Because large lifetime gifts are added back to a decedent’s taxable estate (generally, all gifts greater than $13,000 in any ...

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