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    Eric is an attorney in the firm’s Cincinnati and Louisville offices and is a member of the Estate Planning Department. He assists clients in drafting estate plans, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and living ...

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In a recent Florida Appeals decision, Landau v. Landau, a trustee who failed to file proper and complete trust accountings for two years, and to file trust income tax returns for the same two years, was hit with a freeze of the trust assets by the Court. Because the trustee was also the lifetime income beneficiary of the trust, this freeze effectually prevented the trustee from using the trust for his own support.

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Many people want to leave the substantial wealth they have accumulated in retirement accounts in trust for their beneficiaries, rather than having the retirement accounts pass outright to them.  However, the IRS has established extremely complicated rules governing when retirement plan, IRA and Section 403(b) annuity contracts payable to a trust can be distributed over the life expectancy of one of the trust beneficiaries, rather than under the general five year distribution time limit.

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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.

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The generational transfer of wealth is a complex issue facing many high net worth individuals that requires meticulous planning and the balancing of competing interests. On one hand, wealthy individuals desire to protect their wealth and reduce transfer taxes to the greatest degree possible. On the other, these same individuals are understandably reluctant to cede present control ...



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