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Liza Weiman Hanks
Ask Liza: When does a Will Make Sense?

Dear Liza: A friend of mine is considering a living trust. The only property he has is a coin collection maybe worth around $15,000. He has an adult daughter who he doesn’t communicate with and does not want her to get anything. He would like to...

Liza Weiman Hanks
Ask Liza: Who Inherits When There’s No Beneficiary?

Dear Liza: My dad named his mother as his beneficiary, but she passed away in 2004. My dad died in 2013 but didn’t change his beneficiary. I am my father’s only child and he has no wife, so who gets the money ? When a person dies and there’s...

Liza Weiman Hanks
Ask Liza: Reporting Foreign Gifts

Dear Liza: Does a person receiving a gift from a sibling in another country have to pay gift tax on that gift in the United States? In the United States, gifts are not considered ordinary income, so you don’t have to report them or pay income tax...

Diane L. Mutolo
Estates and Trusts and Final Regs Under IRC Section 1411

Basics of the Ner Investment Income Tax. The Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT) is imposed by I.R.C. Section 1411. The NIIT applies at a rate of 3.8 percent to certain net investment income of individuals, estates, and trusts that have income above the...

Liza Weiman Hanks
Ask Liza: Capital Gains Taxes on Appreciated Property

Dear Liza: My mother gave her house to my sister just before she passed away. My sister is going to sell the house. Do we have to pay taxes on that? If your mother’s house had appreciated in value between the time your mother purchased it, and her...

John Dedon
Dedon on Estate Planning: Pets and Estate Planning

Bella - A Tribute | Anyone who has not felt the sadness and loss from the death of a pet either has never owned a pet or is devoid of humanity. My three pound Yorkie, Bella (technically, my daughter's dog, but you know how that works), had neurological...