Below is a brief glance at what you’ll find in the November/December 2016 issue of The Estate Planner.

The cost segregation study: An overlooked estate planning tool

Owners of commercial and rental residential real estate often use cost segregation studies to accelerate depreciation deductions and improve cash flow. But it might be surprising to learn that these studies also offer significant estate planning benefits. Families that inherit real estate can take advantage of these benefits, but they need to act quickly. This article explains the estate planning benefits of a cost segregation study. A sidebar details the benefits of a “look-back” study.

Is private placement life insurance right for you?

The estate planning landscape has changed dramatically during the past decade. Thus, many families are shifting their estate planning focus from gift and estate tax reduction to income tax reduction. In recent years, private placement life insurance (PPLI) has emerged as an effective tax-planning tool for investors in hedge funds and other “alternative” investments. This article discusses the ins and outs of PPLI policies.
A work in progress: An uncertain future requires a flexible estate plan
An estate plan shouldn’t be a static document. In fact, a person should revisit it every few years to account for life-changing events, such as marriage or the birth of a child, or tax law changes. If one’s life expectancy is 30 years or more, it may be difficult to plan for the future. This article explains that adding flexibility to an estate plan is important, and a carefully constructed trust is the proper vehicle.
Estate Planning Red Flag: You’re leaving an IRA to someone other than your spouse
An IRA can be a powerful wealth-building tool, offering tax-deferred growth (tax-free in the case of a Roth IRA), asset protection and other benefits. But if a person leaves an IRA to his or her children — or to someone else other than a spouse — these benefits can be lost without careful planning. This brief article explains the pitfalls of giving an IRA to someone other than a spouse.