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GRAT: Strategy in Low Interest Rates Environments


The past decade has been a historic time for interest rates, as they have hovered around unprecedented lows since the Financial Crisis. These favorable interest rate conditions create some compelling estate planning opportunities. One strategy…

SECURE Act – Revisiting Your Estate Plan

Secure Act Estate

The SECURE Act, which passed in December, made the most pronounced changes to retirement accounts in a long time. Those changes also have a ripple effect that has us revisiting our clients’ estate plans.  Under previous…

The Window to Gift Is Open

Time To Gift

One of the major changes in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was an increase in the estate and gift exemption, which is the amount that one can gift during their life or at…

How to Include Collectibles in Your Estate Plans

Collectibles In Your Estate Plans

Some of Peggy and David Rockefeller’s favorite charities are certainly very, very happy that the couple had such exquisite taste in art, jewelry and other collectibles. In May, Christie’s auctioned off the Rockefeller collection—proceeds from…

Upstream Gifting

Upstream Gifting

With the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the estate and gift tax exemptions were doubled from approximately $5.6 million to $11.2 million per person. With fewer individuals facing an estate tax issue,…

Will I Itemize Deductions in 2018?

Tax Planning For 2018 And Beyond: Bunching Deductions

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act included a substantial increase in the Standard Deduction that each taxpayer is able to take. For individuals it moved from $6,350 in 2017 to $12,000. For married filing joint taxpayers,…

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