The upcoming elections will increase the attention paid to estate tax planning by high net worth taxpayers and their advisors. A high percentage of these individuals have procrastinated or not realized the need to engage in sophisticated planning or have the wrong systems in place. The potential for the reduction in the $11,580,000 per person exemption and the possibility of engaging in installment sales, GRAT arrangements, and other techniques that work well when values and interest rates are low make for phenomenal opportunities that CPA's need to understand and communicate to their clients. This 60-minute presentation will cover the above consideration and common logistical planning arrangements that are often used and not widely understood.
Alan S. Gassman, J.D., LL.M., is a board-certified estate planning and trust lawyer who practices in Clearwater, Florida. He has an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Florida and practices in trust and estate planning, tax, wealth preservation, and the representation of physicians and medical practices.
Mr. Gassman speaks at many tax conferences, national programs, and national and local webinars, including Bloomberg BNA Tax and Accounting, the Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, and at many other conferences and webinars.
Our firm was formed in 1987 with one lawyer and a shared secretary and receptionist to provide representation to professionals, business owners and retirees in their estate and related tax and personal planning, business and corporate needs.
Since then we have grown to 6 lawyers and over 20 staff, which we have found over the past two decades to be the best size for us. We are very proud of our team, our systems, and our dedication to providing the best and most appropriate legal services for all clients, whether big or small. Our lawyers meet together almost every morning to discuss and work together on cases, strategies and practice improvement projects in order to work the most efficiently and effectively for our clients. We like what we do and enjoy working together.