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Plan to Communicate

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Talking to your children about your estate planning is important, as Pat Green writes in a recent article, and is critical if you are a family business owner.

As the old saying goes, failing to plan is planning to fail, and you cannot plan for a family business if the future generations are not included in the planning discussions.

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Effectively Utilize Your Combined Federal Gift and Estate Tax Exemption


As of 2016, each person has an aggregate $5.45 million exemption from the federal gift and estate taxes. This exemption can be used either during lifetime or at death (or both, if not all of it is used for lifetime gifts). When determining how best to make use of this exemption, make sure you consider – among other things – the federal income tax basis of any p… Continue Reading

Is Your Estate Tax Plan Out of Date?


Recent changes to the federal estate tax system now permit many more estates to avoid federal estate taxes altogether and also allow more effective income tax planning for children when they inherit at the time the survivor of Mom and Dad has died.  Also, while many states no longer have estate taxes, the estate tax systems in both Washington and Oregon are t… Continue Reading

Estate Planning, not Estate Taxes


Frequently you may see comments attacking the estate tax, and particularly the Washington estate tax, as applied to estates with family businesses.  As pointed out by Steve Parrish in his recent article in Forbes, the preservation of your family business, and transfer of it to your beneficiaries, has more to do with your ESTATE PLANNING, and a lot less t… Continue Reading

Do You Need a Living Trust?

Do I need a living Trust

There is a good chance that someone you know, perhaps a friend, family member, or financial advisor, has told you that you need a “Living Trust” rather than a Will.  Are they right?  Living Trusts have become increasingly popular estate planning devices and, in the right circumstances, they offer some significant advantages over a Will.  Yet while … Continue Reading

Retaining the Family Cabin


You have spent many weekends and summer vacations at your family cabin and now hold years of wonderful memories of these times.  Although the kids are gone, they are now coming back with your grandkids for great vacations.  You may want to leave this asset to your family to preserve it for their future years.  Should you?  And if wish to do so, what steps sho… Continue Reading