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Tag: Estate Tax

Is Collecting Life Insurance Before Filing The Will Allowed?

Posted on Fri Sep 9, 2016, on Probate and Estate Administration

From Our “Ask a Question” mailbag: “My father died recently, and I am the executor. I will file his Will next week. But my siblings have already contacted the life insurance company to collect the life insurance. Can they receive the life insurance before I file the Will? Is collecting life insurance before filing the Will proper?”

Can I hire you just to prepare a New Jersey Estate Tax Return?

Posted on Tue Oct 13, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My brother is the Personal Representative of our aunt’s estate. He took care of nearly everything, but is stumped by the tax returns. All he needs help with are the tax returns, can you assist him?

We are happy to help with as much or as little work as you need. The various New Jersey tax returns can be tricky, but my Probate department completes them regularly. We would be happy to help out by only assisting with those returns.

What good is an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust for me in New Jersey?

Posted on Fri Aug 14, 2015, on Revocable Trusts and Living Trusts

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: < strong>My estate is worth about $4,000,000, which includes a $1,000,000 life insurance policy. At my death, my estate passes to my two children. Now that the Federal Estate Tax Exemption is at $5,000,000.00, what good is an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust for me?

In rough terms, as long as your estate stays under $5,000,000.00 (adjusted for inflation) at your death your estate will not owe any Federal Estate Tax, but you are a resident of Camden County, New Jersey, so you are forgetting about the New Jersey Inheritance Tax and the New Jersey Estate Tax. If your assets pass to your children, the New Jersey Inheritance Tax will be zero, but the New Jersey Estate Tax taxes all assets over $675,000.00.

Is there any inheritance tax on real estate transfers in Philadelphia?

Posted on Fri Jun 19, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My mother transferred her Philadelphia County home to me two years ago. She recently died. I am going to sell the house soon, but do I have to pay Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax?

Not in your case. The Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax of 4.5% applies to transfers to children at death, and includes all gifts made within one year of the date of death. If the house was transferred properly into your name 2 years ago, it will not be subject to the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax.

Do lifetime transfers avoid estate tax in Delaware County, PA?

Posted on Fri May 8, 2015, on Estate Planning

From our “Ask a Question” mailbox: My father wants to transfer a rental property he owns in Delaware County into my name. If he does, will this gift avoid Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax?

As a Delaware County resident, at your father’s death, all assets he leaves you at death (except life insurance) will be subject to the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax at the 4.5% children’s rate.

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