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Category Archives: Wills & Estates

Blended Families: The Not-So-Simple Estate Plan

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

Blended families, or families that consist of a couple and their children from this and/or previous relationships, may not realize the estate plan they currently have in place doesn’t fit their needs. It is common that blended families will arrange their finances as if their estate is your average estate plan when, in fact,… Read More »

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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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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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Revocable Living Trusts: Are They Worth the Hype?

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

In many states, the use of a Revocable Living Trust has become increasingly popular as a viable estate planning option. But in Maryland, the ease of the probate process, among many other reasons, makes this option usually not worth the hype, money or time. A Revocable Living Trust is a written document that contains… Read More »

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Transfers to Minors: Where Do I Start? What Should I Consider?

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

Two of the most commonly used methods of transferring money and assets to minors are a Uniform Transfer to Minors Act (UTMA) Account or a Trust. Baby in Suitcase with Money A UTMA Account is relatively simple to create and fairly inexpensive, but you cannot exercise any control over the assets. While a trust… Read More »

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Are You Ready for ABLE?

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

As you may have heard, Congress enacted the Candy Machine 100 Dollar Bills Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (the “ABLE Act”) on December 19, 2014. Many have deemed this a monumental step toward the betterment of the lives of individuals faced with mental and/or physical disabilities. While many experts would agree… 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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What Happens to My Kids if I Become Incapacitated?

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

One of the overriding purposes driving people to create and establish an estate plan is to ensure their minor children are cared for and will continue to be provided for in case a tragedy befalls the family and one or both parents pass away. Benefits of a Last Will and Testament One of the… Read More »

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Owning A Joint Checking Account With Your Child: A Road to Responsibility or A Road to Disaster?

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

It is imperative that you weigh the pros and cons before opening a joint account with your child. Particularly, you must analyze your situation and your reasons for doing so. You will find that for many of these reasons there may be other options that do not change ownership but still carry out your… 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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