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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 & Trust Administration, Estate Planning

Some Negative Impacts of DOMA on Same-Sex Spouses

By now you have almost certainly heard that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal definition of marriage as “marriage only between a man and a woman” in United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. ___ (2013). As a result, same-sex spouses can now enjoy many federal benefits that were previously unavailable to them.

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