Category Archives: Estate Planning

An Estate Distribution Schedule That I Just Don’t Understand

Today, I was reminded of an Estate Distribution schedule not often found in Last Will and Testaments or Revocable Trusts, but enough to make me question why it would ever be included.  Part of my daily activities at my office is reviewing clients’ and potential clients’ estate planning documents.  Sometimes this includes just a 2

What is the Elective Share?

When I am helping a financial planner with an estate distribution schedule one of the first thing I ask is whether “everyone is on the same team?” With that question I am asking whether both spouses have a similar testamentary intent and/or are they aware of each other’s testamentary intent?  The reasons that the question

2012 Gift Tax Exemption and Exclusion Amounts

DISCLAIMER: Estate and Gift Taxes are an entire semester at law school and probably for your local accountant as well so this is just a brief introduction into the exemption amounts that are currently Available in 2012.  Even the Internal Revenue Service understands how complicated estate and gift taxes can be come so they have

Never Assume Someone Has a Completed Estate Plan

In the past I have stressed that regardless if someone is with working with a professional that person’s testamentary intent should be the most important objective when planning his or her estate.  Recently, I have been seeing a trend that makes me believe that goal needs to be restated and tweaked a bit – Testamentary

Unequal Distribution to Heirs

I was working on an interesting estate planning case today and I thought I would get people’s opinion on the subject.  At the end of the day this client wants to leave his assets in an unequal distribution schedule to his three children wherein one of the children will receive the lion’s share of the