Estate Planning and 2014: Looking Back

Every year has new developments in estate planning. 2014 was no different in this regard. Some of the changes to estate planning in 2014 are very important to know about.


With 2014 just behind us, now is a good time to look back and see what changed in estate planning during the year. After all, the only true constant in life is change itself.

While the changes might not affect everyone, they are important enough for you to determine whether they impact your estate plan.

Recently, the Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog published a list of the most important estate planning developments of the year in an article titled “2014 Estate Planning Developments.”

The list includes:

  • Final IRS regulations that describe the circumstances that Trusts’ and estates’ costs might be deductible without being limited by the AGI floor.
  • A court decision limiting tax free rollovers to one per year, not one per IRA.
  • A court decision that a Trust can and did materially participate in a real estate business.
  • A court decision that inherited IRAs are not retirement funds for the purposes of bankruptcy protection.

If you think that one or more of these developments might affect your estate plan, be sure to consult an experienced estate planning attorney early in the New Year. It is important to change your estate plan without delay or risk falling prey to procrastination.

Please contact our office today at 239-225-7911 to schedule an appointment with Barbara M. Pizzolato if you are interested in protecting your legacy and need to create or update your estate plan. You may also wish to attend one of our free seminars.

Reference: Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog (December 25, 2014) “2014 Estate Planning Developments”

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