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"What Beats A Charitable Bequest Under The New Tax Law?"

April 10, 2018

“Many people go to their lawyers and add a charity in their wills. Instead, I suggest they consider a charitable remainder trust or a charitable gift annuity,” says tax lawyer Conrad Teitell, chairman of the Charitable Planning Group at Cummings & Lockwood who has published the Taxwise Giving newsletter since 1964. Most leading charities, including colleges, offer these "planned giving" opportunities.


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Gift Split Gaffe

Accountant's Mistake Could Result in Increased Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes
April 3, 2018

When a taxpayer signs a Form 709 reporting transfers subject to federal gift tax, he signs under penalties of perjury that he’s examined the return and, to the best of his knowledge, the return is “true, correct, and complete.” But honestly, does the average taxpayer truly know or understand the tax implications of the gifts he makes? 


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"How To Give It Away"

February/March 2018 Issue

Laura Weintraub Beck, a trusts and estates attorney in Cummings & Lockwood’s Greenwich, Connecticut office, was quoted in an article entitled “How to Give It Away” in The Magazine published by AARP in the February/March 2018 issue.


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Court Upholds Regulations Requiring Charities to Disclose Donors

March 6, 2018

Charities may not be happy about a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that might result in donors thinking twice before pledging support to a charitable organization.


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Charitable Contributions From Trusts are Treated Differently

February 6, 2018

Like individuals and corporations, trusts and estates that make contributions of property to charitable organizations may be eligible to receive a corresponding income tax deduction for such contributions.


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Not Knowing the S Corp Rules Can Be Dangerous to Your Client's Wealth

December 2017

Superman is the most powerful S corporation (S corp) in the world.  He's so proud of his S status, he wears it on his chest.  Until now, most people thought that only kryptonite could take away Superman's powers.  Read on, and you'll learn the many ways he can lose his S corp status, actions his advisors can take to prevent its loss...


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Diversifying Charitable Remainder Trust Investments

Who cares? Donors, advisors, trust drafters, trustees, beneficiaries and state attorneys general
October 2017

Trustees have a duty to diversify charitable remainder trust (CRT) investments.


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Estate Planning: How Cummings & Lockwood Can Help

A Private Clients Group Article

Clients frequently have many questions about estate planning.  This article focuses on how Cummings & Lockwood can address those specific questions and deliver valuable benefits to clients.

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How to Reduce Taxes with Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts

A Private Clients Group Article

Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs) are an important estate planning tool used to reduce estate, gift and similar inheritance taxes by removing assets from an estate.  In the right situation, they can allow donors to gift appreciated assets tax-free.

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Estate Planning: The Basics

A Private Clients Group Article

While estate planning can be very complicated, its purpose is straightforward: It aims to provide for the management and transfer of your property, in the event of your incapacity or death, at the smallest financial and emotional cost to your family.

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Is a Revocable Trust Right for You?

A Private Clients Group Article

The Revocable Trust (often referred to as a “Living Trust”) is a popular and effective estate planning technique.  It can provide an excellent way to manage, protect and distribute your assets during your lifetime, in the event of incapacity, and after your death.

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Choosing Fiduciaries to Handle Your Estate

A Private Clients Group Article

The appointment of a Fiduciary is crucial to the successful administration of a trust or an estate.  Unfortunately, it is seldom given the attention it deserves. 

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