About the Author

Blair Talty

Vice President and National Director, Fiduciary Planning

As part of the Wilmington Trust and M&T Emerald Advisory Services® team, Blair serves as national director of Fiduciary Planning and heads the wealth strategies analyst team. He provides strategic and holistic wealth planning advice to high-net-worth individuals, successful entrepreneurs, executives, and their families.

Blair has over 20 years of experience in advising clients as a practicing trusts and estates attorney and as a wealth planning advisor. Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, Blair served as a vice president and senior wealth planner at PNC and practiced law in the trusts and estates practice groups at Brown & Connery, and Morgan Lewis law firms.

Blair holds a law degree from Rutgers School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Rutgers University.

He is active in his local community, serving on the professional advisors committee of the Community Foundation of South Jersey, and is a past member of the board of trustees for the United Way of Camden County (now a part of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey). Blair also coaches youth sports in his community.

By the Author

Episode 10: Estate Tax Mitigation Strategies

Blair Talty |
Emerald GEMs

July 7—By drastically increasing the federal estate and gift tax exemption, the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a significant estate tax mitigation opportunity for high-net-worth individuals and families. The question now is: Have already strong estate tax mitigation opportunities become even more powerful in the pandemic?  National Director of Wealth Strategies Blair Talty discusses how these strategies have indeed been strengthened during COVID-19.


Four Divorce Risks Your Clients May Not Know Exist

Blair Talty |
Wealth Planning
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Help clients take a long-term view to protect family wealth during divorce.Divorce can derail family wealth and affect generations far beyond just one couple.Even those who are not divorcing or contemplating divorce—including those beginning prenuptial planning—could benefit from knowing what’s at stake in the event of a divorce, be it their own or that of a business partner, parent, sibling, or descendent.


Understanding the Tax Treatment of Alimony

Blair Talty |
Wealth Planning
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Learn about the tax treatment of alimony in a divorce and other considerations.  The 2017 tax act changed the tax treatment of alimony for both the payer and the recipient.For divorces finalized prior to January 1, 2019, this new tax treatment does not apply and is grandfathered under the rules of the prior law.It is important to review your settlement agreement in light of today’s current tax laws, and consider modification of an existing agreement if appropriate.


Estate Planning Under Today’s Tax Laws

Blair Talty and Marguerite C. Weese |
Wealth Planning
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Seize the opportunity to make the most of your estate plan while the current laws are still in place.Today’s tax law environment serves as a good reminder to review your estate plan to be sure that it is consistent with your current goals and is flexible to promote tax efficiency. The tax laws are scheduled to sunset after December 31, 2025,or potentially sooner with a new administration in the White House.