Changes to the Estate and Gift Laws Enacted
For most of 2010, we expected action from Congress on the fate of the estate tax. As most of you know, Congress agreed on a temporary estate tax measure at the end of the year, which clarifies the tax laws for now. On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Authorization and Job Creation Act of 2010, which includes changes to the federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer ("GST") tax laws for 2011 and 2012.
While the new law provides short-term clarity for estate, gift and GST taxes, the statute is “temporary” and sunsets on December 31, 2012. Therefore, we can expect further changes to the laws in this area sometime within the next two years. A brief summary of the key items from the new law and some planning items to consider follow.
What does the new law say?
These are some general points about the new law. Please contact us if you would like to discuss how these changes may affect you. If you have not updated your documents in the last few years, this is an appropriate time for a more comprehensive review of your estate plan to ensure that it still meets your estate planning needs and objectives.
On November 13, Carl Merino co-presented on "Acquiring U.S. or UK Real Estate" at the U.S./UK Tax and Estate Planning Conference, sponsored by Frank Hirth and held in London, UK.
On November 9, Peter M. Shapland, chair of Day Pitney’s Trust Services and Fiduciary Compliance practice group and chair of the firm’s Trust Oversight Committee, served as a panelist at the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Sixth Annual Probate Law Conference held in Norwood, MA.
On October 24, Aaron Kriss will be speaking on a panel, entitled "Onboarding a New International Client," at the 13th Annual Delaware Trust Conference, presented by the Delaware Bankers Association and the Delaware Financial Education Alliance.
On October 17, Day Pitney LLP's Individual Clients Department and Family Office Practice hosted "Investing in Art," a private, invitation-only program in the firm's ongoing Family Office Investing Series, held at the Downtown Harvard Club of Boston.
On October 11, partner Angela Titus McEwan will be speaking at "Smart Women, Savvy Planning," a program presented by UBS Private Wealth Management and held at UBS in Florham Park, NJ.
Darren Wallace was quoted in an article, "Paul Allen's $26 Billion Estate Will Take Years to Unravel," published by Bloomberg.
On October 3, Day Pitney LLP and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), Northeast Chapter – Women's Initiative co-presented a program, "The Power of Women with Wealth," held at Day Pitney's Boston office.
Partner Leigh A. Newman has been selected by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford to receive the Jewish Federations of North America's 2019 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award.
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