McCord V. Commissioner: Defined Value Clauses Redefined? (PDF file)
This excellent article was written by a University of Florida LLM student and won the 2007 Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition sponsored by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. It provides an detailed discussion of how defined value clauses should be addressed in an estate plan. Author: Scott Andrew Bowman, J.D.
Heckerling Musings 2008 (PDF file)
The thoughts and insights of Steve Akers after attending the 2008 Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, sponsored by the University of Miami School of Law. Author: Steve R. Akers, J.D.
The Truth About Frivolous Tax Arguments (PDF file)
This annual report from the IRS is perhaps the most detailed discussion of both the arguments people make on why they should not pay taxes and the reasons the IRS will come after them when they don’t pay.
Insurance in Retirement (PDF file)
In this article (which was previously published in CCH’s Journal of Retirement Planning), Ben Baldwin discusses the use of Variable Universal Life Insurance as a retirement income vehicle. Author: Ben Baldwin, Jr., CLU, ChFC, CFP�
Conditional Love: Incentive Trusts and the Inflexibility Problem (PDF file)
In this article (which was previously published in the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal), Professor Tate discusses the use of incentive trusts in estate planning. Author: Joshua C. Tate, Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University
The 2008 Social Security Trustees’ Report (PDF file)
This March 2008 annual report of the United States Board of Trustees of the Federal Old Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds paints a dismal picture for the future of federal entitlement programs.
The Deductibility of State and Local Taxes (PDF file)
This February 2008 report from the Congressional Budget Office examines the arguments for and against the state and local tax deduction; how the benefits from the deduction are distributed among different groups of taxpayers and different governments; how the deduction and the AMT interact; and how modifying or eliminating the deduction would affect the federal budget, the finances of state and local governments, and federal taxpayers.
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