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JMF Office and Recent Legislative Updates

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Dear JMF Clients and Friends: As we mentioned in our communication on March 14th, we are in unprecedented times. We wanted to share another update of what JMF is continuing to do to serve our clients while maintaining a safe work environment.  This remains a fluid situation and we will continue to communicate with you. [...]

Estate and Gift Tax Due Dates Now Also July 15

By |2020-03-27T22:51:40+00:00March 25th, 2020|Estate & Trust, News & Events, Press Releases|

In response to many questions about the filing and payment deadline extension announced Friday in Notice 2020-18, the IRS posted 24 questions and answers on its website Tuesday. Does this relief provided in the Notice apply to estate and gift taxes? A:   No, normal filing and payment due dates continue to apply to estate and gift [...]

Have You Designated Your Beneficiaries? Seven smart estate planning suggestions

By |2020-03-09T20:10:07+00:00March 9th, 2020|Estate & Trust, News & Events, Press Releases|

Most of us lead hectic lives, but it is important to take time to designate or update beneficiaries for all your assets as part of an estate plan. Notably, you should be aware that designations for retirement plans and life insurance policies supersede beneficiary dispositions in your will. Keeping that in mind, here are seven [...]

Find “Power” in Estate Planning

By |2020-02-17T19:55:17+00:00February 10th, 2020|Estate & Trust, News & Events|

Even if you are in good health, do not dismiss the possibility that you could be incapacitated at some point. It is important to take precautions in the event you suddenly cannot manage your personal and financial affairs. One common means of ensuring some measure of protection is to create a “power of attorney.” In [...]

Is Estate Planning on the Menu?

By |2019-09-04T20:14:50+00:00September 4th, 2019|Estate & Trust, News & Events|

Are you caught between the needs of young children and elderly relatives like your parents? If so, you are part of the growing segment of the population known as the “sandwich generation.” In particular, it may be difficult to care for loved ones as they grow older and require more care. To compound the problems, [...]

Overview of Charitable Remainder Trusts

By |2019-05-14T16:26:26+00:00May 14th, 2019|Estate & Trust, News & Events|

The charitable remainder trust (CRT), which has been a valuable estate planning tool for decades, has not been forgotten. Currently, the usual 15% tax rate on long-term capital gains is increased to 20% for upper-income investors, while a 3.8% surtax may also apply to a portion of your investment income. Thus, CRTs remain a popular [...]

IRS Provides Extra Estate Tax Protection

By |2019-02-05T19:22:42+00:00February 5th, 2019|Estate & Trust, News & Events|

The IRS has provided some estate planning comfort for well-to-do individuals. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the estate tax exclusion was raised to $10 million, indexed for inflation. That provides plenty of leeway for most families. However, like many other TCJA changes for individuals, this provision is scheduled to “sunset” after 2025. [...]

Seven Reasons to Have a Will

By |2018-12-20T15:57:03+00:00January 3rd, 2019|Estate & Trust, News & Events|

Many music lovers were dismayed by the recent death of Aretha Franklin, the famous recording artist. Also dismaying: The “Queen of Soul” passed away without a legally enforceable will. This could lead to serious complications. What about you? If you do not have a will in place, do not wait any longer. There are numerous [...]