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First Look at the U.S. House Tax Proposals

After months of speculation, on Monday, September 13, 2021, the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives released a summary of a number of proposals that would pay for the roughly $3.5 trillion spending bill.  Among the items included in their summary were: Increasing the top ordinary income tax rate to 39.6%. Increasing

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Business Succession and Catastrophe Planning

Are you a business owner? What would happen to the business if suddenly you could no longer work?  Does your family or those in and around your company know what to do in the event of your death, a serious accident or serious illness?  If you are a business owner that would like to see

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Braun Siler Kruzel Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers®

We at BSK are excited to announce that two of our Managing Directors have once again been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022. Bradley S. Braun is recognized for his experience with Trusts and Estates (Brad has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© every year since 2013). Gregory M. Kruzel is recognized for

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Writing a Legal Checklist

Death of a Loved One Checklist

The loss of a loved one is traumatic. In addition to grief and emotional turmoil, there are often various aspects of that loved one’s life which need to be closed out. Completing these tasks can take time and hard work.  If you are the person responsible for settling your deceased loved one’s affairs, what are your duties and responsibilities and who can you turn to for help? It is

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What is the Difference Between a Living Will, DNR, and HCPOA?

The difference between a living will, Do-Not-Resuscitate (“DNR”), and Health Care Power of Attorney (“HCPOA”) is a common estate planning question, and the distinctions are subtle but important.  Living Will Living wills are written instructions detailing an individual’s preferences for medical care if they are no longer capable of making their own medical decisions.  It

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Should I have a Trust?

Trusts are an increasingly popular estate planning tool, as they provide many benefits.  Trusts permit property owners (the “Settlor”) to transfer assets out of their individual name, to a trust, where the assets can be handled, managed, and ultimately passed to successor beneficiaries.  Here are some of the most common reasons for creating a trust: 

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Leave a Legacy, Not Just an Estate

People are more than just the sum of their assets!  During life, each of us leaves a mark on the world.  Who we are and how we conduct ourselves impacts our friends, families, associates, and perhaps even strangers whom we’ve only encountered briefly.  These intangibles, (i.e. our memories, values, visions, personality, skills, beliefs, jokes, traditions,

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President Biden’s Proposed Changes to Income and Estate Tax

President Biden has proposed some drastic tax law changes.  These changes include altering the step-up in basis tax break, capping gains that can be deferred, as well as potentially lowering the estate tax exemption.   PROPOSED CHANGES TO STEP-UP IN BASIS AND INCREASED CAPITAL GAINS TAXES The American Families Plan as proposed by President Biden

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Death of a Loved One

There is a life that needs to be closed out after someone dies, which is often a process that takes time and hard work.  After the appropriate medical professional issues the legal pronouncement of death, and after loved ones arrange the funeral and burial or cremation, the funeral home often helps you obtain one or

Read More »

First Look at the U.S. House Tax Proposals

After months of speculation, on Monday, September 13, 2021, the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives released a summary of a number of proposals that would pay for the roughly $3.5 trillion spending bill.  Among the items included in their summary were: Increasing the top ordinary income tax rate to 39.6%. Increasing

Read More »

Business Succession and Catastrophe Planning

Are you a business owner? What would happen to the business if suddenly you could no longer work?  Does your family or those in and around your company know what to do in the event of your death, a serious accident or serious illness?  If you are a business owner that would like to see

Read More »

Braun Siler Kruzel Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers®

We at BSK are excited to announce that two of our Managing Directors have once again been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022. Bradley S. Braun is recognized for his experience with Trusts and Estates (Brad has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© every year since 2013). Gregory M. Kruzel is recognized for

Read More »
Writing a Legal Checklist

Death of a Loved One Checklist

The loss of a loved one is traumatic. In addition to grief and emotional turmoil, there are often various aspects of that loved one’s life which need to be closed out. Completing these tasks can take time and hard work.  If you are the person responsible for settling your deceased loved one’s affairs, what are your duties and responsibilities and who can you turn to for help? It is

Read More »

What is the Difference Between a Living Will, DNR, and HCPOA?

The difference between a living will, Do-Not-Resuscitate (“DNR”), and Health Care Power of Attorney (“HCPOA”) is a common estate planning question, and the distinctions are subtle but important.  Living Will Living wills are written instructions detailing an individual’s preferences for medical care if they are no longer capable of making their own medical decisions.  It

Read More »

Should I have a Trust?

Trusts are an increasingly popular estate planning tool, as they provide many benefits.  Trusts permit property owners (the “Settlor”) to transfer assets out of their individual name, to a trust, where the assets can be handled, managed, and ultimately passed to successor beneficiaries.  Here are some of the most common reasons for creating a trust: 

Read More »

Leave a Legacy, Not Just an Estate

People are more than just the sum of their assets!  During life, each of us leaves a mark on the world.  Who we are and how we conduct ourselves impacts our friends, families, associates, and perhaps even strangers whom we’ve only encountered briefly.  These intangibles, (i.e. our memories, values, visions, personality, skills, beliefs, jokes, traditions,

Read More »

President Biden’s Proposed Changes to Income and Estate Tax

President Biden has proposed some drastic tax law changes.  These changes include altering the step-up in basis tax break, capping gains that can be deferred, as well as potentially lowering the estate tax exemption.   PROPOSED CHANGES TO STEP-UP IN BASIS AND INCREASED CAPITAL GAINS TAXES The American Families Plan as proposed by President Biden

Read More »

Death of a Loved One

There is a life that needs to be closed out after someone dies, which is often a process that takes time and hard work.  After the appropriate medical professional issues the legal pronouncement of death, and after loved ones arrange the funeral and burial or cremation, the funeral home often helps you obtain one or

Read More »