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The Texas Forced Sale Remedy

Governed by Chapter 29 of the Texas Property Code, the forced sale remedy allows the co-owner of an inherited property to force the sale of another owner’s interest in the property if that party fails to meet its ad valorem tax obligations. This sale acts as reimbursement for the taxes paid … Continue reading

Should You Send a Posthumous Email?

A short blurb in The Guardian muses about the possibility (and practicality) of sending a posthumous email as a way to notify friends and relatives of one’s death. While an unusual idea, the suggestion perhaps would be useful for more distant relatives and acquaintances. What do you think about this suggestion?

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49th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning (Jan 13th)

The following are summaries of the presentations from the 49th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning. For the official brochure and list of events, see  http://www.law.miami.edu/heckerling/pdf/2014/heckerling-brochure.pdf. For the full Heckerling reports, see http://www.americanbar.org/groups/real_property_trust_estate/events_cle/heckerling_reports.html.

Diana Zeydel on the New Portability Regime

The presentation began with Zeydel assuring attendees that despite … Continue reading

49th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning (Jan 14th)

The following are summaries of the presentations from the 49th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning. For the official brochure and list of events, see  http://www.law.miami.edu/heckerling/pdf/2014/heckerling-brochure.pdf. For the Heckerling reports, see http://www.americanbar.org/groups/real_property_trust_estate/events_cle/heckerling_reports.html.

M. Read Moore on Tax Administration and Procedural Rules for Estate Planners

Moore’s presentation focused on the … Continue reading

The New Generation of Hackers

Ransomware is a type of computer virus that infiltrates a computer when the user downloads an attachment. The virus then encrypts all files on the computer until the victim pays a ransom… that increases with time. There is no other way to decrypt the computer files unless the ransom is … Continue reading

Private Trust Companies: Proceed With Caution

In response to a recent article about private trust companies (PTCs) on the Wall Street Journal, Kim Kamin comments that a PTC is indeed a good choice for ultra-high-net-worth families. However, she points out that the advantages of PTCs are generally limited to those who already have a fully … Continue reading

Email Keeps its Throne in the Workplace

The traditional workplace is constantly evolving due to the introduction of new tools such as Dropbox. Yet, results from a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center show that employees still prefer email. According to the survey, 61% of U.S. adults working Internet users ranked email as “very important” … Continue reading

An Interesting Detail in Joan River’s Will

The late Joan Rivers’ will states that her state of residency is New York but her state of domicile is California. In New York, the estate tax exemption was raised from $1M to $2.062M per person in April and will continue to rise each year until January 1st, 2019. On … Continue reading

Paying for College Teaches Children to Value Their Education

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Darla Kashian argues that children should shoulder some of their college costs, even if their parents have the means to pay for everything. This would help them value their education more and also increase their focus, discipline and sense of pride. If they choose … Continue reading

Live Like Richard Branson for a Week

The Lodge, Richard Branson’s ski chalet in the Swiss Alps, can be rented for $88,000 to $180,000 a week. A property in the Virgin Limited Edition collection, the chalet can accommodate up to 18 adults and 6 children and comes with a staff of 12, including a Michelin-starred chef. Other … Continue reading

Why Objects Matter in Estate Planning

Tangible objects are often intertwined in family stories, symbolising certain milestones of a family’s journey as well as serving as a source of cohesiveness and tradition. Families should consider the  shifting significance of these objects caused by intergenerational transitions so as to avoid any potential conflict and/or litigation.

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Contrary to Popular Belief, Divorce Rates Are Declining

In a recent New York Times article, Claire Cain Miller clarifies that the belief that divorce rates are rising is misconstrued. In fact, marriages in the 1990s and the 2000s are much stronger than those that began in the 1970s and 1980s, as proven by statistics concerning divorce rates as … Continue reading

Tips on Being More Time Efficient

According to studies conducted by various companies and consulting firms, there are a few common “time drains” in business operations that often go unnoticed. The majority of these time-wasting habits concern meetings and emails. Some clues that suggest inefficiency include copying too many people into emails, overusing the “reply all” option … Continue reading

Steve Utkus of Vanguard on the Evolution of Retirement Planning

In a recent interview with WealthManagement.com, Steve Utkus, the director of the Vanguard Center for Retirement Research, presented his views on the conditions regarding retirement planning that are currently evolving due to the shift to passive investing by retirement savers.

Utkus commented on the widening area of concern of retirement … Continue reading

College Abacus: A Web Tool that Compares College Costs

Co-founded by two Rhodes scholars, Abigail Seldin and Whitney Haring-Smith, College Abacus is a web tool that provides people applying to college with an easier way of comparing college costs. After entering financial and personal data, users can receive estimates of the price they may actually pay after scholarships and … Continue reading

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