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How to Protect Inherited IRAs After the Clark v. Rameker Decision

In a landmark, unanimous 9-0 decision handed down on June 12, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held that inherited IRAs are not “retirement funds” within the meaning of federal bankruptcy law. This means they are therefore available to satisfy creditors’ claims. ...

How to Avoid a Basis Management Disaster

Many of us in the legal, financial and accounting worlds discover our new clients’ well-intentioned, yet disastrous, plans after the fact.  The widow has already transferred her house into her children’s names or an inherited IRA is drained to pay for a Porsche. ...

Portability and Married Couples: No Downside

Portability laws and the opportunities they create have significantly increased advisors’ roles in estate planning. No longer is the standard credit shelter trust (with QTIP or outright distribution to spouse) the only way for married couples to plan. Now, CPAs,...