What’s become of estate planning?
Abstract: While Congress has passed some major legislation in 2010, as of this writing it hasn’t passed estate tax legislation. So the 2010 estate and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax repeal still stands. And both taxes are still scheduled to return in 2011 — at their pre–tax-cuts level of 55% and with exemptions significantly smaller than in 2009. This uncertainty creates tax hazards for some estate plans, and could even cause some people to unintentionally disinherit their spouse. So it’s important to check with one’s financial advisor for the latest developments.