Tag: Trusts, Estates & Tax

“Kaesting” Doubt on the State Fiduciary Income Tax System

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon render a decision that could have a significant impact on the manner in which some states tax income accumulated in nongrantor trusts.  The case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, North Carolina Dep’t of Revenue v. The Kimberley Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust (No. 18-457), involves a North Carolina statute that assesses a tax upon the undistributed income... Continue Reading

Where There’s a Will, There’s Family: Pre-mortem validation and no-contest clauses to the rescue!

In recent years, many states have enacted pre-mortem validation statutes enabling testators or settlors to take proactive steps to avoid will or trust contests. Pre-mortem validation statutes provide a mechanism to be used during the testator’s life to ensure testamentary documents are declared valid and to avoid post-death challenges. Another approach that offers a strong deterrent to will... Continue Reading

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em: UDTA and Directed Trust Statutes Come of Age

Over the last decade, trust law has evolved so the role of trustee can better reflect the open architecture that modern families desire. It’s now commonplace for trust settlors to design so-called “directed trusts,” and existing trusts are frequently transferred to new jurisdictions to be modified through the use of techniques such as decanting, non-judicial settlements agreements, consent... Continue Reading

Mennen Development: Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Court of Chancery Decision on Direction Adviser Liability

On June 21, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed a landmark decision by the Delaware Court of Chancery (the “Court”) that found an “adviser,” within the meaning of 12 Del. C. § 3313, liable for breach of his fiduciary duties.  This decision is especially noteworthy because it provides significant insight into the Court’s views with respect to the willful misconduct and bad faith... Continue Reading

Delaware Estate Tax Repeal

On July 2, 2017, Delaware Governor John Carney signed into law House Bill No. 16, as amended, repealing Delaware’s estate tax for decedents who die after December 31, 2017.  The repeal of Delaware’s estate tax will provide a substantial benefit to not only Delaware residents with taxable estates but also the estates of many nonresidents who die owning real or tangible personal property... Continue Reading

Mennen v. Fiduciary Trust Int’l of Del.

The Delaware Supreme Court decided a case this week that is of great importance to Delaware trust law involving the enforceability of a spendthrift provision and the protection of trust assets against the claims of a beneficiary’s creditors relating to breaches of fiduciary duties by the beneficiary which arose in a separate but related action.  This opinion is notable because it is a strong... Continue Reading

Build It And They Will Come: Why Delaware Trusts Lead The League

The article, “Build It And They Will Come: Why Delaware Trusts Lead The League,” was published in the Spring, 2017 issue of the Delaware Banker Journal. It describes the history of the Delaware trust industry and how the robust trust infrastructure and commitment of the State and the industry have made Delaware the preeminent trust jurisdiction in the world... Continue Reading

How to Deal With Repeal—Dynasty Trust Planning Will Be an Essential Tool

Once again, it appears there’s a strong possibility that the federal estate tax and generation-skipping transfer (GTS) tax may be repealed. President Donald J. Trump and the Republican majority in the House and Senate all support a repeal of the “death tax.” One must only revisit the last time Republicans held control of the House, Senate and the White House in 2001 to identify the last time... Continue Reading

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