A.K. Moody and Emily Plocki published “Estate Planning Opportunities in a Low Interest Rate Environment” in the September/October issue of Probate & Property. The following is an excerpt:
Although the current uncertain environment may—understandably—cause many persons to hesitate to engage in a substantial family gifting program, these economic conditions, such as the current depressed financial markets and historically low interest rates, present a unique opportunity for families to pass a significant amount of wealth to younger generations with minimal transfer tax exposure. Clients should review their balance sheets and discuss with their attorneys and financial advisors the planning techniques described below to determine which techniques may provide the most viable opportunity for the client’s particular circumstances.