Everyday Estate Planning and The Build Back Better Act

By WealthCounsel Staff on Oct 8, 2021 10:00:00 AM


Many estate planning attorneys are following the news about the Build Back Better Act (the Act) and how it could affect their clients. This news story is a moving target, as Congress is likely to make changes to the legislation, and there is no guarantee that it will even pass.

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Young Adults Increase Demand for Estate Planning Services

By WealthCounsel Staff on Oct 1, 2021 10:00:00 AM


Estate planning services are in high demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Surprisingly, young adults are more likely than their middle-aged counterparts to have a will. This demand presents a unique opportunity to offer estate planning services to the eighteen to thirty-four year old demographic, as well as their older counterparts whose planning efforts are lagging behind.

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Year-End Planning with SLATs: 5 Key Points For Planning, Drafting, and Funding

By WealthCounsel Staff on Sep 24, 2021 10:00:00 AM


The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) doubled the federal gift and estate tax basic exclusion amount (referred to here as “exemption”) from $5 million to $10 million (adjusted for inflation). In 2022, the federal gift and estate tax exemption is $12.06 million, which generally means that an individual can transfer $12.06 million of assets before having to pay a gift or estate tax (at a maximum rate of 40%). Unless new legislation is passed, this exemption will reset to $5 million (adjusted for inflation) on January 1, 2026. 

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