The taxation of estates is in the headlines again as President Biden and several members of congress have introduced proposals to change the law. Possible changes have included a reduction of the estate exemption from $11,700,000 to $3,500,000; increasing the top estate tax rate from 40% to 45%; taking away the basis step up at death for individuals with gains exceeding $1,000,000; and eliminating or significantly changing strategies involving trusts and the use of discounts in transactions with ... [Continue Reading]
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Cabin season is here! It is the time of year when roads fill up on Fridays and Sundays as people trek to and from cabin getaways. Some of my fondest memories growing up were spending time at my aunt and uncle’s cabin navigating the boat with my grandpa and cousin for the hot fishing spots. The fish tales made their way to the eulogy I gave for my grandpa a few years ago. When my kids were younger, my wife and I would rent a cabin every year over the Fourth of July. After a brief hiatus to ... [Continue Reading]
In my 20 years of working as a wealth advisor for hundreds of high net worth families, I have found facilitating family meetings to be one of the most meaningful and impactful things I do. An effective family meeting opens up the lines of communication regarding a family’s shared values around money and wealth and can become an unforgettable family bonding experience paying dividends for many years into the future. Taboo Topics Handled With Care We live in a society where conversations ... [Continue Reading]
As a firm dedicated to providing an integrated wealth management experience, we help our clients effectively maximize their assets and unlock opportunities to realize their personal and financial goals. An important aspect of this comprehensive approach is advising clients on the intricacies of their estate plan. One of the most consequential decisions in estate planning is who to name as trustee. The trustee’s knowledge, commitment, ability, and skill will have an enormous impact on ... [Continue Reading]
The nature of estate planning is that it is truly an ongoing process. It's prudent to review and periodically update plans in light of numerous factors. Health, family changes, and changes in related laws are a few of the most common reasons you may want to update your plan. A recent law, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019, includes significant changes that could have an impact on your estate plan. It is therefore very important that existing documents ... [Continue Reading]