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Spendthrift provision of trust not invalidated despite control by beneficiary
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • July 1 2010

In Miller v. Kresser, --- So.3d ---, 2010 WL 1779899 (Fla. 4th DCA May 5, 2010), the Florida Court of Appeal, Fourth District, ruled that a creditor cannot invalidate a trust's spendthrift provision to reach the trust assets so long as the language of the trust agreement meets statutory requirements


No estate tax apportionment against payable on death accounts
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • July 1 2010

In Estate of Sheppard v. Schleis, 2010 WI 32 (Wis. May 4, 2010), the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that, in the absence of any tax apportionment directions by the decedent, a beneficiary of a payable-on-death account is not liable for any estate tax imposed on the decedent's estate


Former trustee of private foundation found not to be a "disqualified person" for the purpose of subsequent sale to foundation - Private Letter Ruling 201130008 (July 29, 2011)
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 14 2011

In PLR 200130008, a former trustee of a private foundation, who was also the spouse of another former trustee of the private foundation, was determined not to be a disqualified person under IRC 4941(a) upon her and spouse's resignations as trustees


Tax Court holds that trusteebeneficiary's power to invade trust principal for her "welfare" is limited by an ascertainable standard and trust principal not includible in her estate under IRC 2041(b)(1)(a) estate of Ann R. Chancellor, et al. v. Commiss
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 14 2011

Frequently, trust agreements ensure that the principal invasion power held by a trustee who is also a beneficiary is limited to distributions for the beneficiary's "health, education, maintenance and support"


Homestead exemption allowed for separated (but not divorced) taxpayer
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • December 6 2010

In Wells v. Haldeos, Fla. Dist. Ct. App., 2nd Dist., Dkt. No. 2D09-4250 (10222010), an appeal by the property appraiser of Pasco County, Florida of a final judgment in favor of the taxpayer, the Florida District Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit held that a separated (but not divorced) taxpayer was eligible to receive a homestead exemption for his property in Florida despite the fact that his wife receives a residency-based property tax exemption on a separate property in New York


Disclaimer not qualified where disclaimed property passed to disclaimant by intestacy
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • December 6 2010

In Estate of Tatum, Jr. v. U.S., 106 AFTR 2d 2010-6556 (S.D. Miss. 1062010), the Southern District of Mississippi held that a disclaimer was not qualified where the disclaimed property passed to the disclaimant by intestacy


H.R. 4853: summary and planning points
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • December 13 2010

Late last Thursday night, the Senate Finance Committee released H.R. 4853, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the “Bill”


No charitable contribution deduction for donation of house to local fire department where value of demolition services exceeded value of property
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • December 6 2010

In Theodore R. Rolfs, et ux. V. Comm’r, 135 T.C. No. 24 (1142010), the Tax Court denied a charitable contribution deduction for donation of a house to the local fire department where the value of the demolition services that the taxpayer would receive exceeded the value of the donated property


Estate, gift and GST tax provisions of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Jobs Creation Act of 2010
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • December 13 2010

Late last Thursday night, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the "Bill"


Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • December 15 2010

On December 15, 2010, the Senate passed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the "Bill"