Comprehensive estate planning allows individuals and couples to maximize control over where their assets will go upon their death — while helping to minimize taxes so they can leave as much as possible to each other, their loved ones, and charitable causes.While this sounds simple enough, most laws regarding how estates are handled are designed with a traditional nuclear family in mind—a husband and wife and their biological children. Although the U.S.
January 12, 2021—Today’s historically high estate and gift tax exemption amounts ($11.7 million per person or $23.4 million per couple) are set to sunset at the end of 2025, or possibly sooner under a Biden administration.
The trust industry: A brave new worldOver the past half-century, the role of a trustee has evolved rapidly along with the trust industry itself. We have seen a transition in the investment standards guiding trustees from a “prudent man” using legal lists to a “prudent investor” employing modern portfolio theory.