February 2013

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by Steve Akers

Heckerling Musings 2013 and Other Current Developments

The Estate Planner’s "Playbook" for 2013 and Going Forward Under the Post-ATRA "New Normal" of Permanent Large Exemptions and Portability

Introduction

The 47th Annual Philip E. Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning was again held in Orlando during the week of January 14, 2013. I have summarized some of my observations from the week, as well as other observations from various current developments and interesting estate planning issues. My goal is not to provide a general summary of the presentations. The summaries provided on the American Bar Association Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section website (http://www.americanbar.org/groups/real_property_trust_estate/events_cle/
heckerling_reports/heckerling_2013.html) that are prepared by a number of reporters, and coordinated by Joe Hodges, do an excellent job of that. In addition, there are excellent summaries provided by Martin Shenkman on the Leimberg Information Services reports. Rather, this is a summary of observations of selected items during the week as well as a discussion of other items. I sometimes identify speakers, but often do not. I take no credit for any of the outstanding ideas discussed at the Institute — I am instead relaying the ideas of others that were discussed during the week.

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This summary is for your general information. The discussion of any estate planning alternatives and other observations herein are not intended as legal or tax advice and do not take into account the particular estate planning objectives, financial situation or needs of individual clients. This summary is based upon information obtained from various sources that Bessemer believes to be reliable, but Bessemer makes no representation or warranty with respect to the accuracy or completeness of such information. Views expressed herein are current only as of the date indicated, and are subject to change without notice. Forecasts may not be realized due to a variety of factors, including changes in law, regulation, interest rates, and inflation.