Thomas Kinkade, the “Painter of Light,” is best known for his works of beautiful cottages, villages and churches – paintings of idyllic country life. In April of this year Kinkade died of an accidental overdose of alcohol and valium. The Kinkade estate battle that has transpired since then has not been beautiful country life. [Read more…]
Experts view the current Federal Estate Tax system as a ticking time bomb. Some don’t consider planning for estate taxes because the 2009 threshold is set at $3.5 million. In other words, if you die in 2009 owning less than $3.5 million in total assets, you are not subject to a Federal Estate Tax.
If you die in 2010, as the law currently is written, no one owes estate tax, even if they had one hundred billion dollars (Dr. Evil reference, couldn’t resist). But here’s the rub: if you pass in 2011, the threshold reverts back to $1 million dollars. [Read more…]