Post-Election Estate Planning What to Do For Clients In November and December of 2020
Speakers: Jonathan G. Blattmachr, Esq., Robert Keebler, CPA, and Martin M. Shenkman, Esq.
The 2020 election demonstrated that the projected Democratic sweep did not occur. Former Vice President Biden won the Presidency, but that is still being challenged. The Republicans have control of the Senate it appears, but two runoff elections in Georgia in January 2021 may provide the Democrats a chance to pick up two additional seats making the Senate evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. What does this all mean to clients that were engaged in planning in anticipation of the Blue Wave that did not happen?
What Should Estate Planners Do Now? An InterActive Legal Post-Election Video Roundtable Event
Election Day 2020 is now behind us. As of this writing, most election results are in, though opinions vary about when we will know the full makeup and distribution of power between the Executive and Legislative branches. Court challenges, recounts, and run-offs all move forward, with the latter not taking place until January. Given that we may not have certainty for weeks (and in some cases months), estate tax planners charged with advising their clients on how to proceed for the balance of the year are in a bit of limbo. Advisors must determine whether to recommend taking action now or wait for more information, and come up with a plan for going forward after all results are finalized.
Evolving Roles in Trust Planning: Advising Fiduciaries, Non-Fiduciaries, and Those in Between – a Live Video Roundtable Discussion
The trust, as a legal concept, has existed for centuries, yet arguably the most significant developments in trusts have occurred in the last few decades. Due to the efforts of the estate planning community, clients now have a better understanding of the benefits offered by trusts, and more clients from a broader range of demographics are adopting trusts as part of their estate plan. This increase in trust use, and a shift in focus to a more collaborative, legacy-focused approach to planning, has also driven the demand for flexibility in trust drafting and administration.
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