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Two Problems with Trump’s Estate Tax Proposal: Reconciliation and Carryover Basis

November 20th, 2017

In April, President Trump proposed a tax plan that, among other cuts, eliminates the estate tax altogether.  The current federal estate tax is 40% on estates exceeding $5.49 million.  While ending the tax might seem beneficial at face value, it could have serious implications for estate planning and end-of-life decision making.  There are two problems…

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My Inheritance Was Adeemed! (Or What Happens When Your Dad Leaves You His House, But Sells It Before He Dies)

February 21st, 2017

In plain language, ademption is what occurs in the situation described in the title of this article:  A will leaves a particular piece of real or personal property (e.g., a house, car, dog, watch) to a specific individual, but the item is not in the decedent’s estate at his death.  (Perhaps the decedent crashed the…

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Trump v. Clinton on Estate Taxes

November 20th, 2017

As this dismal election season slouches towards Gomorrah, we examine the candidates’ positions on two issues familiar to San Francisco Bay Area trust and probate attorneys—the federal estate tax and the “step up” basis rule for capital gains. The federal estate tax is a tax levied upon a person’s estate at their death.  (Some states…

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Your Final Estate Plan

February 21st, 2017

What To Do To Make Your Passing Financially Sound Clients typically consider their estate planning at three predictable junctures in their lives: when they first have children and are concerned about who will raise them if “something happens” when their children are grown and need to be named as successor trustees when they are old,…

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