Reopening Your Business: Tips for Employers

As of this writing, all of Michigan is subject to Governor Whitmer’s latest stay-home order, which is set to expire on May 28, 2020. The latest order has given some businesses the go-ahead to resume operations, while others eagerly await their turn… Read More
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CARES Act Highlights

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) was signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act is the largest economic stimulus package in U.S. history. In light of its overwhelming size and scope, the… Read More
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Do I Need A Trust?

I am usually asked this question when consulting with a new client regarding estate planning. In true, classic attorney fashion, the answer is, “it depends.” It depends on an individual’s specific situation, family makeup, assets, and goals. Ho… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning, Probate

Marital Deduction Trusts

Marital deduction trusts used to be a very popular estate planning tool for married couples whose gross estate would potentially be subject to federal estate tax. Such trusts allowed married persons to effectively double the federal estate tax exclus… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning

Business and Personal Income Tax Changes

The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” was approved by Congress and went into effect on January 1, 2018 making significant changes to business tax and personal income tax starting with the 2018 tax year. For businesses, the maximum corporate tax rate for C… Read More
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Categories: Business Law, Taxes

Update: Lifetime Estate and Gift Tax Exemption Amounts Doubled

As part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (the “Act”), passed in December of 2017, the lifetime exemption amount for estate, gift, and generation-skipping taxes was doubled. For 2018, the lifetime exemption amount for estate and gift taxes of $… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning

2018 Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions

The IRS has announced the estate and gift tax exemption amounts for 2018. The lifetime exemption amount for estate and gift taxes is $5.6 million per individual. That is an increase from $5.49 million per individual in 2017. This means that an indivi… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning

Prenuptial Agreements in the State of Michigan

For many years now Michigan has respected the right of marital partners to waive the statutory rights that are conferred upon them upon the death of a spouse. For example, if a spouse dies and leaves by their Will all of their assets to their childre… Read More
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Categories: Family Law

Plachta, Murphy & Associates' Attorneys in the News!

Here at Plachta, Murphy & Associates (“PMA”), we are always striving to provide the best service possible to our valued clients as well as serving our community. Every so often, we get recognized for our efforts and we thought we̵… Read More
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Categories: Business Law, Elder Law

Seminar Alert: (Caregiver Seminar: Protecting Our Loved Ones and Ourselves)

Are you overwhelmed dealing with the legal, medical and physical needs of an aging parent or a medically challenged family member? Are you looking ahead to when you need to care for a family member and wondering how to prepare? You’re not alone. Th… Read More
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