What is a Charitable Remainder Trust?

Estate tax and related planning

A charitable remainder trust is an irrevocable trust that allows the settlor/taxpayer to donate property, cash, securities, or other assets to charity and still receive an income stream for life.

Connelly v. United States – Effect on Your Estate Planning

In its recent Opinion in Connelly v. United States, 144 S.Ct. 1406 (June 6, 2024) the U.S. Supreme Court held that a corporation’s contractual obligation to use life insurance proceeds to redeem a deceased shareholder’s shares was not a liability but rather must be included when calculating the value of the decedent’s shares for estate tax purposes.

Are There Limits to a Trustee’s Absolute Discretion?

What is an irrevocable trust

Even though the settlor of a trust may provide that the trustee has “absolute discretion,” or “sole and unfettered discretion,” the trustee must still act reasonably and may be liable to the beneficiaries if he abuses his discretion.

Convicted Felons Cannot Serve as Personal Representative

It is statutory Florida law that a person is not qualified to act as a personal representative of a decedent’s estate if the person has been convicted of a felony. This is codified in Fla. Stat. 733.303 which states: 733.303 Persons not qualified. — (1) A person is not qualified to act as a personal representative if […]

You’ve been disinherited – Now What?

Learning that you have been left out of a family member’s or friend’s will can come as a shock, and whether the omission from the will was intentional or accidental, it is one of the most common bases for will disputes.  Immediate action and consultation with a probate litigation attorney is essential on these kinds […]

Can a Guardian of a Ward Change a Ward’s Trust?

Text and Emails in Litigation

The short answer to this question is yes but with court approval. Florida Statute 736.0602(6) provides that a guardian of the property of a settlor may only exercise a settlor’s powers with respect to revocation, amendment, or distribution of trust property only as provided in section 744.441. Florida Statute 744.441(19) provides that, a guardian, after […]

529 College Savings Accounts and Recent Changes

law books

A 529 plan, known as a Qualified Tuition Plan (QTP), is a tax-advantaged savings plan sponsored by a state or state agency and designed to be used for a designated beneficiary’s education expenses. A QTP is set up to allow an individual to prepay or contribute to an account established to pay a student’s (a […]