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Coordinating Colors: Top Five Estate Planning Tools for Same-Sex Partners

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By Stephen Barardino

Federal law in the US allows for the systematic rejection and non-recognition of the legal relationship desired between same-sex partners. With these five essential estate planning devices, it is possible for same-sex partners to create legally enforceable relationships with regard to: healthcare and financial decision-making authority, creditor-protection, privacy rights, and even guardianship preferences …

Estate and Gift Tax for 2013

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by Stephen Berardino

Estate planning attorneys have practically resorted to using a crystal ball due to recent uncertainty surrounding estate and gift tax regulations. Federal estate and gift tax provisions expired at the end of 2012, reverting the estate and gift tax amounts back to the $1 million exemption and a 55 percent tax rate. Shortly …