Here is what you need to know now:
1. Run don't walk to your estate planning attorney's office to amend your plan if you have an old style A-B trust or marital trust plan. If you don't know, then find out immediately. The doubling of the estate, gift and generation skipping tax exemptions are the reason this is so critical.
Just like in 2010 and after, if you die with an old plan with these old formula provisions you will wreak financial havoc on your family and create results you never expected and your family will hate you for forever.
2. While you are in your estate planning attorney's office make sure your beneficiary designations and titling are properly coordinated with your revised estate plan.
3. Next schedule a meeting with your accountant and income tax advisor and learn just how much the new tax law changes your income tax situation. Again, you will be surprised just how significant the changes might be to you and your family.
No matter how you feel about politicians, their involvement in your money and estate plan can be minimized or eliminated. Make sure you discuss how you can do that with your estate planning attorney.
Don't delay, make sure you take these actions immediately or sooner.
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