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Top 10 Year End Estate and Tax Planning for 2014

With the end of the year quickly approaching, here the top 10 estate planning and tax planning ideas to consider before the new tax year.  While this is only a short list of actions, it should be helpful in highlighting critical areas for review.  

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2014 Tax Update

The 2014 tax year brings with it changes in income tax rate threshholds, deductions, exemptions, and new estate tax and gift tax exemptions amounts.

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No Florida Estate Tax or Income Tax

Florida continues to gain population at the expense of New York and other states in the Northeast.  Florida has no income tax, no estate tax, and no inheritance tax. 

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5 Reasons to Update Your Estate Plan Now

Estate plans should remain relevant to current family relationships and to the current state of the law.  Here are 5 reasons to look at your current estate plan.

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How Long Does Probate Take in Florida

As Florida probate lawyers, we are often asked how long probate takes in Florida.  The answer depends on how complex the probate estate is, how large the estate is, how many beneficiaries there are, and whether there is any litigation regarding the estate. 

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Florida Probate Law

The Florida probate lawyers of Clark Skatoff PA have extensive experience in the probate courts in Florida.  The firm handles probate administrationwill conteststrust disputes, and estate planning.  If you have questions about a probate matter in Florida or about Florida probate law, whether you live in Florida or elsewhere, please call attorney Jeffrey Skatoff at (561) 842-4868.  Please visit the Florida Probate Trust & Estate Blog of Clark Skatoff.

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Estate Planning for Obama's Second Term

With the re-election of Barack Obama to a second term, we know that we are likely to see higher taxes and further redistribution of wealth.  There is less than 8 weeks left to take advantage of the current tax law to implement estate planning techniques to minimize future estate and gift taxes.

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Notes from Heckerling - Pressing the "Do Over" Button: Strategies for Modifying Wills and Trusts after Formation

 Mr. Rubenstein opened his presentation discussing a few current events that weren’t expected such as the European debt crisis, the Asian spring, and the Yankees failing to reach the World Series

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Reformation of a Will to Correct Mistakes

In a dramatic change from previous law, the Florida Legislature has enacted Florida Statute section 732.615 to allow the reformation of a will. Previously under Florida probate law, a trust could be reformed for a mistake of fact or law, but a will could not. The new statute allowing the modification of wills is effective as of July 1, 2011 and reads as follows:

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Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010

On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the 2010 Act).  The 2010 Act provides for extension of the Bush tax cuts from 2001 and 2003 until 2012, as well as a variety of other tax reductions.   Here are the some of the highlights.

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