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Estate & Trust Administration, Estate Planning

End of Life Planning in the Cloud

Just as a happy bride may plan the details of her wedding years in advance, some clients are deciding to plan for their death in a similar way. They want to ease the burden on their loved ones during a very difficult period. Some clients have even gone so far as to plan their funeral reception in advance, leaving a long list of instructions and even a play list of their favorite songs.

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Estate Planning, Tax

MD Legislature Increases Estate Tax Exemption

The Maryland Senate passed a bill that increases the estate tax exemption gradually over the next 5 years, at which time the exemption will be tied to the federal exemption amount. The federal exemption is indexed for inflation, and is expected to approach $5.9 million by 2019. The House voted to pass the same legislation earlier this month. Governor Martin O’Malley is expected to sign the bill into law.

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Estate Planning, Tax

Is the Maryland Death Tax Facing Extinction?

Not quite, to be sure, but the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 739 (“Maryland Estate Tax – Unified Credit”) increasing the Maryland estate tax exemption (the amount an individual can pass free of Maryland estate tax) gradually over the next five years to the federal estate tax exemption. This bill now moves to the Maryland Senate.

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