High-Net Worth Estate Lawyers in Longmont
For 2016, an estate is not be subject to federal estate tax unless it is
worth over $5.45 million. If your estate is worth more than that, you
have a problem - a problem many of us wish we had. However, there are
several options that can reduce the tax hit on a taxable estate. Our Longmont
probate attorneys at Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. can help you
address this stressful matter and work toward an effective resolution.
Tell us about your case during an initial consultation: (720) 809-8310
The Dangers of Doing It Yourself
The Internet has made information accessible to everyone, and there are
several sites with downloadable legal forms for those do-it-yourselfers
who want to avoid legal fees. Many believe that if they simply download
a living trust form and fill it in, they will avoid
probate. Without probate, there is no "estate," and without an estate,
there is nothing that can be subject to an estate tax. If only it were
that simple. The Internal Revenue Code has an entire statute on calculating
the value of an "estate." Simply put, items in a living trust
are part of the taxable estate.
However, there are certain trusts that will allow items to be excluded
from the taxable estate. But these documents must be done correctly to
comply with the tax code. With current estate tax rates ranging from 18%
to 35%, the cost of having our experienced estate planning attorneys draft
these documents for you is a bargain.
Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.: Helping You Reduce Estate Taxes
While properly drafted documents are essential in reducing estate taxes,
there are other strategies that you can do while you are still alive that
can reduce your estate. For instance, many people know that giving away
money or assets will reduce their estates, and they also know that the
tax code limits the amount that can be given away each year (currently
$14,000). But did you know that certain gifts are not subject to these
limits? We do more than just crank out documents. Our experienced
probate attorneys in Longmont will discuss all of these options with you.
If you have questions, please get in touch with us today.