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  • In Memoriam of Claude R. "Chip" Bowles Jr.

    Posted by: Admin on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 8:00:00 am

    Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP lost a valued partner on April 18, 2017. Claude R. "Chip" Bowles Jr. was an incredibly smart and hardworking attorney who exhibited a conscientious and vigorous commitment to client service. Chip was also a man with a big and generous heart. He will be missed by many. We are collecting well ...
     
  • Intellectual Property Audits, Management Programs Have Value

    Posted by: Daniel L. Boots on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

    Intellectual Property Audits, Management Programs Have Value Intellectual property has become increasingly complex and inevitably intertwined with many aspects of any organization in today’s fast-moving economy. Sources suggest the value of U.S. IP assets currently exceeds other tangible assets; the largest assets in many tech companies today is indeed their IP. Organizations ...
     
  • Decanted Trusts Win IRS GST Tax Approval

    Posted by: John R. Cummins, Jeremy P. Gerch and Eric J. Metzger on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 8:00:00 am

    Decanted Trusts Win IRS GST Tax Approval In a departure from their previously announced position, the IRS recently ruled that trusts which were decanted into new trusts on slightly different terms preserved their favorable grandfathered status against the generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax (see IRS Private Letter Ruling 201711002). The GST tax was enacted in ...
     
  • Estate Tax Repeal? The Latest Proposals From Washington

    Posted by: John S. Lueken and Steven R. Wilson on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 12:00:00 pm

    Estate Tax Repeal? The Latest Proposals From Washington With the incoming Trump administration having a Republican majority in Congress, one can expect attempts at significant tax reform. Among these reform efforts is a push to repeal the federal estate tax. While unexpected, the effort appears to have momentum. In late January 2017, Senator John Thune and Representative ...
     
  • Seventh Circuit Rules Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Bias

    Posted by: Morgan A. Davenport on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11:00:00 am

    Seventh Circuit Rules Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Bias On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit court handed down an en banc decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech College, South Bend, making it the first federal appellate court in the United States to decide that the protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extend to workers on the basis of sexual orientation. Title VII ...
     
  • IRS Grants Same-Sex Married Couples Partial Gift and Estate Tax Relief

    Posted by: John R. Cummins and Kate E. Beatty on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 3:00:00 pm

    IRS Grants Same-Sex Married Couples Partial Gift and Estate Tax Relief Earlier this year, the IRS issued Notice 2017-15 giving same-sex married couples some retroactive relief from the application of the gift, estate and generation-skipping taxes to transfers between the spouses. This relief was necessary because the Defense of Marriage Act, as enacted in 1996, required that the IRS treat ...
     
  • BGD Diversity & Inclusion Committee Hosts Nationally Recognized Speaker to Learn How to Overcome Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

    Posted by: Shannon L. Williams on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

    BGD Diversity & Inclusion Committee Hosts Nationally Recognized Speaker to Learn How to Overcome Unconscious Bias in the Workplace BGD formed a Diversity & Inclusion Committee in 2016 at the direction of firm leadership with a mission of remaining committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace in order to attract, retain, and advance talent and to better serve our clients and community. The D&I Committee’s vision focuses on four key ...
     
  • Trustee Removals: Following the Winding Path of the Uniform Trust Code

    Posted by: John R. Cummins, Greg J. Duncan, and Gregory A. Neibarger on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 3:00:00 pm

    Trustee Removals: Following the Winding Path of the Uniform Trust Code Until recently, the matter of removing a trustee of a trust was largely a matter for Courts applying common law based on prior Court decisions. Since 2000, however, a number of states, including Kentucky, have adopted the Uniform Trust Code (“UTC”), which includes an elaborate trustee removal provision. ...
     
  • South By South What? Vague Language over Immigration Policy Creates Disruption for Music Festival

    Posted by: Young-Eun Park on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 2:00:00 pm

    South By South What? Vague Language over Immigration Policy Creates Disruption for Music Festival South by Southwest® Conference and Festivals, known by its more familiar title SXSW®, recently received intense backlash over two clauses in its contract with artists who perform at the festival. The first clause states: “If SXSW determines, in its sole discretion, that Artist or its representatives have ...
     
  • Estate Required to Make Portability Election for Benefit of the Surviving Spouse

    Posted by: John R. Cummins, Janet P. Jakubowicz and Jan Keefer on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 9:00:00 am

    Estate Required to Make Portability Election for Benefit of the Surviving Spouse In a decision finalized in late January, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that the Personal Representative of an Estate must take the necessary steps to transfer the decedent’s unused Federal gift and estate tax exemption to the surviving spouse. The case stems from the rights newly created by the gift ...
     
 
 
 

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