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RECENT TENNESSEE BAR JOURNAL ARTICLES BY ED SMITH

Check out recent installments of Ed Smith’s Tennessee Bar Journal column, “Where There’s A Will”:
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Andi Anderson presents seminar for the Town of Farragut

Attorney Andi Anderson presented a free seminar and discussion forum for the Town of Farragut on April 12 titled “Wills, Probate, and Estates, Oh My! … The Truth About Probate in Tennessee.” During the hour-long seminar, she discussed common misconceptions about inheritance and probate laws in Tennessee and why you may need a will, even if you think you don’t.
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On May 2, 2017, Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) dedicated its new building (the century old “Stair Building,” adjacent to the campus of the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Duncan School of Law).
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Presentation to Knoxville Symphony Foundation Guests

Marshall Peterson used themes from music and literature to present estate planning and charitable giving concepts at a March 8 breakfast seminar sponsored by the Knoxville Symphony Foundation.
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2017 Inflation Adjustments for Trust and Estate Planning

Some federal trust and estate tax thresholds[1] are indexed to the inflation rate. The Internal Revenue Service recently issued an announcement (Rev. Proc. 2016-55) of adjustments effective January 1, 2017. 2017 2016 Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions[2] $5.49 million $5.45 million Gift Tax Annual Exclusion $14,000 per donee $14,000 per donee Top Income Tax Bracket […]
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Proposed IRS Changes Call for Planning Action

A recent tax law development could significantly affect estate planning. The lawyers at Holbrook Peterson Smith are available if you would like clarification. Proposed Treasury Regulations: The Treasury (IRS) has issued Proposed Regulations that could have a dramatic impact on your estate planning by eliminating or reducing valuation discounts in some circumstances. This could be […]
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Tenancy by the Entirety and the Duplicitous Husband

Cite: Eddy R. Smith, Tenancy by the Entirety and the Duplicitous Husband, TENN. B. J., August 2016. Marriage is a matter of more worth Than to be dealt in by attorneyship. — 1 Henry VI 5.5.50-1 Marriage is sacred in the eyes of Tennessee law, so much so that it has its own forms of […]
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Rural Resources thanks Marshall Peterson for his assistance with conservation easement

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New service enables Tennesseans to locate lost life insurance policies, annuities

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has announced a new service enabling Tennesseans to more easily locate lost life insurance and annuity policies. The Lost Policy Service enables beneficiaries to track down the life insurance policies or annuity contracts of deceased family members or friends. To use the service, Tennesseans submit a simple request […]
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We’re All Going to Die (and Other Happy Thoughts of an Estate Planner Turning 50)

Cite:  Eddy R. Smith, We’re All Going To Die (and Other Happy Thoughts of an Estate Planner Turning 50), TENN. B. J., April, 2016. [Later republished in Maine Bar Journal, Louisville Bar Briefs (Louisville, KY Bar), Across the Bar (San Joaquin County CA, Bar), and The Barrister (Camden County, NJ Bar).] First you forget names; […]
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