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A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Maine

Tested guidance—on topics from marital deduction planning to gift taxes to lifetime asset transfers and life insurance planning

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  • Product Number: 2130449B00
  • Publication Date: 6/4/2019
  • Edition: 1st Edition 2012, with 2017 & 2019 Supplements
  • Copyright: © 2019 MCLE, Inc.
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    Start here when you need authoritative and clear guidance on Maine estate planning topics, both common and complex. The chapters of A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Maine were selected especially to address issues encountered in planning, drafting and responding to clients' needs. The authors and editors were carefully selected from a spectrum of private practices from Auburn to Waterville and Portland to Norway, to bring you their best practices, caveats, and explanations of some of the most complex concepts in estate planning law in the State of Maine.

    Recent updates:

    • Update: May 2019

      Dear Subscriber:

      Thank you for choosing to update your volume of A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Maine with this 2019 material. Inside you will find information on such topics as the following:

      • Social Security POMS. In Chapter 13, find a chart titled "Summary of Key Revisions to the Social Security POMS Concerning Windsor and Obergefell Decisions."
      • Maine-Only QTIP. See Chapter 4 for discussion of a Maine-only QTIP trust for the amount exceeding the Maine exclusion, up to the federal exclusion amount as a strategy for tax avoidance and tax deferral in large estates.
      • Maine Estate and Gift Tax. In Chapter 5, read how the Maine legislature fails to conform Maine's estate tax to federal law, retaining the $5.6 million level with a proviso that the amount is to be indexed after 2018.
      • Charitable Giving. Read the discussion in Chapter 7, the substantial increase in the federal and State of Maine credit shelter exemptions, and how it has substantially curtailed the utility of the charitable deduction under the estate and gift taxes.
      • Preserving and Protecting the Family Business. See Chapter 10 for a discussion of the 2019 Maine exemption from Maine estate tax and legislative activity surrounding bills to substantially reduce the Maine exemption amount.

      We at MCLE trust that you will find this supplement to be of use in keeping current with the laws surrounding Maine estate planning, and that this updated material will be valuable in your library and practice.

      Cordially,

      Maryanne G. Jensen, Esq., Director of Publications

    • Update: March 2017

      Dear Subscriber:

      Thank you for choosing to update your volume of A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Maine with this first supplement to the first edition. Inside you will find information on such topics as the following:

      • Client intake. See chapter 1 for an updated "estate planning questionnaire" that covers the client's details pertinent to your representation.
      • Marital deduction planning. See chapter 4 for updated, practical information on using the marital deduction to your clients advantage.
      • Income tax considerations for irrevocable trusts. See chapter 5 for updated numbers for estate planning with irrevocable trusts.
      • Charitable giving. See chapter 6 for practical notes on using the tax shelter credit for deaths occurring on or after January 1, 2016.
      • IRAs. See chapter 9 for comments regarding the Supreme Court determination in Clark v. Rameker, 134 S. Ct. 2242 (2014), that inherited IRAs are not "retirement funds" within the meaning of Section 522(b)(3)(C) and therefore not exempt.
      • MaineCare and creditor protection trusts. See chapter 11 for a variety of practical notes on estate tax planning issues related to benefits and creditor protection trusts.

      We at MCLE trust that you will find this new material useful in your practice, and valuable in keeping your estate planning law library current.

      Cordially,

      Maryanne G. Jensen, Esq., Director of Publications

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    Practical Steps in Handling an Estate Planning Matter

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    Exhibit 1A

    - Sample Estate Planning Questionnaire Buy Form

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    - Sample Correspondence Buy Form

    Exhibit 1C

    - Checklist of Topics to Cover at the Initial Meeting with an Estate Planning Client in Maine Buy Form
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    Estate, Gift, and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes

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    Sarah B. Coburn, Esq., McCandless & Coburn LLC
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    Fundamental Testamentary and Trust Planning

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    Exhibit 3A

    - Sample Simple Will Buy Form

    Exhibit 3B

    - Sample Pour-Over Will Buy Form

    Exhibit 3C

    - Sample Revocable Trust Buy Form

    Exhibit 3D

    - Checklist of Red Flags When Drafting a Maine Estate Plan Buy Form
    Chapter 4 expand

    Marital Deduction Planning and Drafting Techniques

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    Jeffrey W. Jones, Esq., Jones, Kuriloff & Sargent LLC
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    Lifetime Asset Transfers

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    Exhibit 5A

    - Section 2503(c) Trust Buy Form

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    - Sample Crummey Trust Buy Form
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    Charitable Giving Outright and in Trust

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    Exhibit 6A

    - IRS Revenue Procedures Issuing Sample CRT Forms Buy Form
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    Life Insurance and Estate Planning

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    Exhibit 7A

    - Unilateral Buyout Agreement Buy Form

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    - Split-Dollar Insurance Agreement Buy Form

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    - Crummey Instructions and Notice Buy Form
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    Advance Medical Directives: Living Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Other Health Care Directives

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    Danielle Hansen, Esq., Epstein & O'Donovan LLP
    Miles C. Hunt, Esq., Epstein & O'Donovan LLP

    Exhibit 8A

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    Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits

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    Exhibit 9A

    - Uniform Lifetime Table and IRA Required Minimum Distribution Worksheet Buy Form

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    - Sample Basic Beneficiary Designation Buy Form

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    - Single Life Table Buy Form

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    - Distribution Period Buy Form
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    Basic Strategies to Preserve and Protect the Family Business

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    Chapter 11 expand

    MaineCare and Creditor Protection Trusts

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    Patricia A. Nelson-Reade, Esq., Nelson-Reade Law Office, PC
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    Exhibit 12A

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    - Postnuptial Agreement Buy Form

    Exhibit 12C

    - Joint Declaration Buy Form

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    - Affidavits Buy Form

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    - Checklist for Testing the Enforceability of a Maine Premarital Agreement Buy Form
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    Estate Planning for Nontraditional Families

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    Kate L. Geoffroy, Esq., Nelson-Reade Law Office, PC

    Exhibit 13A

    - Summary of Key Revisions to the Social Security POMS Concerning Windsor and Obergefell Decisions Buy Form
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    Planning for Incapacity

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    Miles C. Hunt, Esq., Epstein & O'Donovan LLP
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    - Language Defining Incapacity Buy Form

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    - Durable General Power of Attorney Buy Form

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    Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples: Selected Issues

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    Exhibit 16A

    - Checklist for Disclaimers Buy Form

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    - Disclaimer of an Interest in Real Estate Buy Form
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