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The dusty, yellowing binder that holds your aging Will is sitting on your bookshelf or in a fireproof safe. Your eyes occasionally pass over it as you look for something else and you wonder “What do those documents even say?” before you move on to more pressing matters. To honor National Estate Planning Awareness Week, Paley Rothman is giving you 5 reasons to pull that dusty binder off your shelf and take a look.
Federal and state estate laws have recently undergone significant changes. As fewer individuals become subject to the estate tax, the estate tax driven plans of the past may need to be modified.
Today, May 15, 2014, HB0739 (Maryland Estate Tax – Unified Credit) and HB0083 (Maryland Trust Act) were approved by the Maryland Governor. The former, which increases the Maryland Estate Tax incrementally over the next several years (see Will the Estate Tax Exemption in MD Increase?), was enacted as Chapter 612.
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.
On second reading, the Maryland Senate preliminarily approved legislation increasing the Maryland estate tax exemption for individuals dying after 2014. Senate Bill 602 was amended to increase the Maryland estate tax exemption gradually over the next five years to the federal estate tax exemption as follows: