16th Nov 2013

Gifting has become very popular in the past 3 years as an estate planning tool.  The panic leading up to the “fiscal cliff” caused by the uncertainty over Federal tax policy, in combination with generous gift rules in 2011 & … more

2nd Dec 2011

DWIGHT EDWARD TOMPKINS, ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY. Tompkins-Law.com

1st Oct 2011

NEW LIFETIME GIFTING RULES CAN REALLY HELP FAMILIES

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14th May 2011

The new law signed by the President in December gives owners of family businesses probably the biggest tax beak to come along in many years. That break is the lifetime gift exemption, now $5 Million, for the next two years … more

24th Apr 2011

Last year, a lawyers group, Wealth Counsel, conducted a survey of estate planning lawyers from all over the US.  I participated in the survey. 63% said they opposed repealing the estate tax.  32% said they supported taxing “beneficiaries who did … more