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5 Things to Understand About Maryland’s Inheritance Tax

By Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP |

1. It’s All About Who Inherits Maryland has both an estate tax and inheritance tax. The estate tax is assessable if more than one million dollars passes at death. The total dollar value of the property determines whether there is an estate tax. The inheritance tax is not dependent upon the value of the… Read More »

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The End of the 12 Year Maryland Estate Tax Experiment

By Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP |

The Maryland legislative session of 2014 began with a bang. Specifically, the House introduced HB 739 that presumably could cause major changes to the way you and I plan for the inevitable. Yesterday, the Maryland Senate approved Maryland State HouseHB 739 that will recouple the Maryland estate tax exclusion with that of the federal… Read More »

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What is so “Special” about a Special Needs Trust?

By Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP |

The Problem. You have a disabled child who is currently receiving need-based public assistance such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. Your child is receiving those benefits because he or she is disabled and because he or she does not have sufficient income and resources. As a parent, you want to make sure… Read More »

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Death of a Loved One: Practical and Legal Guidance

By Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP |

Dealing with the death of a loved one both before and after death are the two most difficult situations in our lives. In addition to the emotional toll, there are also innumerable details, practical and legal, surrounding a loved one’s death. Most people are not aware of the steps that need to be taken… Read More »

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How Does the New Fiscal Cliff Legislation Affect my Estate Tax Planning?

By Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP |

On January 2, 2013 the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was enacted, avoiding the so-called “fiscal cliff.” In addition to income tax changes, the law contained provisions on estate taxes which certainly did avoid something very cliff-like. Had the law not been enacted, the federal estate tax exemption would have reverted to $1… Read More »

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Maryland Same Sex Estate Planning in 2013 and Beyond

By Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP |

Estate planning in Maryland for same sex couples is dramatically different as a result of two groundbreaking legal developments in 2013. On January 1 same sex marriage became legal in Maryland and on June 26 the Supreme Court struck down portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). As a result, same sex married… Read More »

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Preparing For the Death of a Loved One: 7 Practical Recommendations

By Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP |

This is not an easy time and, emotionally, there is not much that your lawyer can do to help. What we can to is to assist you in understanding some of the practical issues involved. Below we describe seven recommendations of things to do before your loved one passes. At a minimum, this list… Read More »

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Should I Use an Online Legal Document Service to do my Will?

By Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP |

The question I get about online Wills (or do-it-yourself kits often purchased at office supply stores) is whether they are “valid.” I cannot answer the question in a global fashion. It is certainly possible to have a technically “valid” Will without using an attorney. It is also possible that the document will fail as… Read More »

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6 Reasons Not to Put Your Child’s Name on the Deed to your House

By Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP |

Instead of drafting a Will, many people just put their child’s name on the deed to their house. Their goal is to make things easier for their child by eliminating the need to go through probate. If the house is the only asset, this can be an effective way to avoid probate. (If there… Read More »

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Think Twice About Designating A Disabled Person as a Beneficiary

By Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP |

Despite your good intentions, naming your disabled niece as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy may not do her any good whatsoever. In this final installment in this series, I explain why disabled beneficiaries should be handled with extreme caution. This advice actually applies to all manner of property given to a disabled… Read More »

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