Cryptocurrency [Bitcoin] and the IRS

By Eric P. Rothenberg, Esq. – [Download PDF Article] The creation and use of cryptocurrency is very recent. Back in 2010, it just began trading. In 2011, it hit its first “bubble” at $31 per coin when previously they traded for just pennies. Most people by now have already heard it hit nearly $18,000 in […]

Tax Reform: Solutions for Your Clients and Their Estate Planning

In December 2017, Congress passed, and President Trump signed a sweeping tax reform bill commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This new Act contains several significant changes that will impact your clients and their estate planning. Estate Tax Changes Starting January 1, 2018, the estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax exemptions […]

Avoiding Disastrous Will or Trust Lawsuits: How to Keep Family Squabbles from Undermining Estate Plans

Family discord that results in a will or trust contest can be costly, time-consuming, and emotionally painful for your client’s family. For you, the advisor, this disharmony usually leads to severely damaged relationships and a loss of assets under management. As we approach the holiday season and close 2017, it’s important to keep a close […]

It’s Not Too Late for a Portability Election

Posted by Robert L. Arone – New Opportunity for Late Portability Just Opened Up by IRS Portability has brought both convenience and confusion to the estate planning community. Available for surviving spouses after 2011, portability allows an unused estate tax exemption to be transferred from a deceased spouse to his or her surviving spouse. While […]

Dynasty Trusts – A Planning Tool for the Masses?

Posted by Robert L. Arone – Think Twice Before Ruling One Out When most people hear the term “dynasty trust,” they assume it is something for only the wealthiest of families. Dynasty trusts are not as out of reach as many people and advisors might think, and can be used by many more families of […]

Trump’s First 100 Days: Looking Back and Planning Ahead

Posted by Robert L. Arone – How to Help Your Clients Future-Proof Their Estate Plans Through tried and true estate planning measures, we can make sure your clients’ plans are both flexible enough to handle change and sturdy enough to weather the uncertainty. In addition to providing wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other core […]

How a Community Property Trust Can Save Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Capital Gains Taxes

Posted by Robert L. Arone – Community property trusts can save your clients tens of thousands of dollars in capital gains taxes, and that is just one of their many benefits. This lesser-known strategy is not necessarily the best fit for all couples either because of their assets or state of residence. However, for households […]

IRS Uses Private Collection Companies

By Eric P. Rothenberg, Esq. – The Internal Revenue Service [“IRS”] announced on April 5th , 2017 that they will begin to use private collection agencies to collect back taxes owed. Soon, the IRS will begin its process of sending letters to certain taxpayers that their past due federal tax accounts are being turned over […]

Estate Planning Should Always be a Team Effort

Posted by Robert L. Arone – A Team of Coordinated Professionals Is Your Clients’ Best Bet Picture a symphony’s worth of classical musicians all trying to play a piece in perfect harmony, but they can’t see one another. Each of them also has slightly different sheet music. It doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination […]

The Superior Alternative to “I Love You” Wills

Posted by Robert L. Arone – Guide Your Clients to Lifetime Beneficiary Directed Trusts Instead As Valentine’s Day brings heart-shaped chocolate boxes and roses by the dozen into your clients’ imaginations, seize the moment to educate them about the drawbacks of “I love you” wills and introduce them to the estate planning move that’s actually […]