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Inheritance Rights of Posthumously Conceived Children

Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2012 by John S. Palmer
Whether a child conceived after the father’s death by in vitro fertilization may inherit from the father’s estate or receive social security survivor benefits on account of the father’s death depends on the law of the state with jurisdiction over the… More >

Avoiding Defective Family Limited Partnerships

Posted Thursday, June 21, 2012 by John S. Palmer
FLPs are a popular way for families to transfer wealth between generations. If done properly, they can pass family assets to younger generation(s) while minimizing gift and estate taxes. Typically parents establish the partnership, contribute assets to… More >

IRS Issues PLR Granting Extension to File Notice of Citizenship for QDOT/Marital Deduction Purposes

Posted Friday, June 15, 2012 by John S. Palmer
The IRS has issued a Private Letter Ruling granting a surviving spouse’s request to extend the deadline for her to file a form 706-QDT, officially notifying the IRS that she has become a United States citizen. The ruling will permit the surviving spouse… More >

R-74 Headed to Public Vote

Posted Wednesday, June 6, 2012 by John S. Palmer
Opponents of Washington’s new law authorizing civil marriage for same-sex couples have submitted an estimated 232,000 petition signatures in support of Referendum 74 which would require a public vote on the law this fall. It is anticipated that… More >

Federal Estate and Gift Tax Update

Posted Tuesday, June 5, 2012 by John S. Palmer
The status of the federal estate and gift taxes for 2013 forward remains unclear. Under legislation passed in 2010, the exemption amount for both taxes will be $5,120,000 until December 31, 2012 ($5 million, indexed for inflation). Unless new legislation… More >

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