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2020 Election Impact on Estates and Trusts

We continue to monitor the election polling and its potential impact on the estate and gift tax laws.  If the democratic party wins the Presidency and control of Congress, it is possible that (a) the planned reduction in the exemption amounts is accelerated, to as low as $3,500,000 per person, (b) the tax rate is [...]

By |2020-08-29T16:59:15-07:00August 29th, 2020|Federal Estate Tax, Estate Planning, Protecting Family Wealth, Homepage|Comments Off on 2020 Election Impact on Estates and Trusts

July 2020 Trust Administration

July marked our first confirmed trust administration of a COVID-19 related death.  Several members of the family contracted the disease and unfortunately, the father died.  The Scottsdale couple were long time clients of the firm and the death surprised everyone.  DeAngelis legal prepared the initial trust package with the required documents, including the acceptance of [...]

By |2020-08-29T16:43:19-07:00August 15th, 2020|Recent Projects, Probate and Trust Administration, Estate Planning, Homepage|Comments Off on July 2020 Trust Administration

Money Makes Money

“Money makes money. And the money that makes money, makes more money.” Benjamin Franklin This centuries old quote by our founding father could not be more appropriate today. Millions of Americans are out of work, surviving on government subsidies and yet the stock market and real estate market are approaching historic highs. Those with capital [...]

By |2020-07-30T19:20:42-07:00July 23rd, 2020|Past Newsletters, Estate Planning, Succession Planning, Protecting Family Wealth, Homepage, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Money Makes Money

July 2020 Estate Planning Update

Estate Planning Update July, 2020 1. 2020 Annual Gift Tax Exclusion: remains at $15,000 per donor, per donee. 2. 2020 Gift and Estate Tax Exemption: increased to $11,580,000 per donor through 2025, see #8. 3. Marital Deduction for Transfers to U.S. Spouse: unlimited. 4. 2020 Generation Skipping Tax Exclusion: increased to $11,580,000 per donor through [...]

By |2020-07-29T09:58:29-07:00July 15th, 2020|Annual Estate Plan Updates, Federal Estate Tax, Estate Planning, Uncategorized|Comments Off on July 2020 Estate Planning Update

May 2020 Estate Planning for Second Marriage

Represented a Scottsdale couple with the preparation of a comprehensive review of their estate plan.  Both spouses in this second marriage had children from their prior marriages and maintained both separate and combined finances.  DeAngelis Legal identified issues, including tax implications and inequities in their proposed structure, identified potential solutions and drafted the appropriate changes [...]

By |2020-07-04T16:06:50-07:00June 15th, 2020|Recent Projects, Estate Planning, Protecting Family Wealth|Comments Off on May 2020 Estate Planning for Second Marriage

April 2020 Estate Planning

Not surprisingly, DeAngelis Legal devoted much of the month of April preparing and finalizing estate plans for physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers in preparation for Arizona's COVID-19 outbreak.  Everything from simple wills to complex trusts, most of which was done on an expedited basis given the COVID-19 crisis.  Preparing these plans required balancing social [...]

By |2020-07-04T15:50:55-07:00May 15th, 2020|Recent Projects, Estate Planning, Protecting Family Wealth, Homepage|Comments Off on April 2020 Estate Planning

April 2020 Irrevocable Trust Termination

Scottsdale couple transferred their personal residences to several irrevocable Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (QPRTs) under the advice of prior counsel.  Clients now desired to unwind the transactions.  DeAngelis Legal reviewed the facts, trust documents and client’s objectives in order to propose alternatives for terminating the QPRTs in conjunction with the client’s tax and accounting professionals.  [...]

By |2020-07-04T15:39:41-07:00May 15th, 2020|Recent Projects, Probate and Trust Administration, Homepage|Comments Off on April 2020 Irrevocable Trust Termination

Pandemic Planning for Individuals

DeAngelis Legal's pandemic planning for individuals is a list of topics you should address in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.  For topics related to businesses see Pandemic Planning for Businesses. CARES Act for Individuals. The CARES Act has many provisions benefiting individuals. These pandemic planning topics are wide ranging from the much discussed rebates, to lesser [...]

By |2020-04-27T19:24:18-07:00April 27th, 2020|Past Newsletters, Estate Planning, Protecting Family Wealth|Comments Off on Pandemic Planning for Individuals

March 2020 Informal Intestate Probate

Opened informal intestate probate.  Father prepared his estate plan documents but never signed them.  DeAngelis Legal represented personal representative open an informal intestate probate in Arizona to transfer assets to the beneficiaries.  Using Arizona's simplified and expedited informal probate process, the personal representative was able to gain control over the decedent's assets and distribute the [...]

By |2020-04-11T16:56:04-07:00April 15th, 2020|Recent Projects, Probate and Trust Administration|Comments Off on March 2020 Informal Intestate Probate

March 2020 Estate and Trust Law Specialist

Quinn DeAngelis was re-certified as an Estate and Trust Law Specialist for another five years by the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.  Quinn is one of only seven lawyers in Scottsdale currently holding the Estate and Trust Law specialization designation.  From the State Bar of Arizona’s website:  “Being a certified legal specialist is [...]

By |2020-04-27T19:49:16-07:00March 16th, 2020|Recent Projects, Estate Planning, Protecting Family Wealth, Homepage|Comments Off on March 2020 Estate and Trust Law Specialist