Category Archives: Estate Planning

Practical Planning – Advice for New Parents

Like a new year, parenthood brings with it many new experiences. Some are great — the first time you hold your child, the first time they smile, et cetera. Some are not — first diaper changes, the first all-nighter, and so on. The Arnerich Massena team is welcoming three babies in the coming months and we love hearing stories about these firsts from our new parents.

Sometime during those first few sleep-deprived months, most new parents stumble across the same thought: “Since I am now responsible for this other human being, I should probably get my finances and estate in order.” Read more »

Planning for Tax Reform

Republicans in the House and Senate have passed tax reform bills in their respective chambers. As the bills now go to committee for reconciliation, several items are clear: first, the text of the final bill is not likely to be set until around Christmas, leaving taxpayers no time to take action ahead of the new rules for the 2017 tax year. Second, some changes to the itemization of an individual taxpayer’s deductions are on the way. Third, the legislative and budgetary environment in Washington makes it likely that, if a bill is passed, interpreting that bill’s provisions is going to be something of a guessing game– one accountant recently described to me the current state of the environment as being, “akin to the Wild West, where anything goes.” Read more »

Family Finances: Starting the Conversation About Generational Wealth Planning

In the U.S. today, many families are beginning the process of transferring wealth to the next generation. For parents, this can feel daunting, uncertain, and intimidating; it can be a long and challenging transition. Some families want to start earlier, while others prefer to wait: there’s no right way or time to begin the process. Fortunately, in either case, there are steps you can take to facilitate a smooth transfer of wealth. If you are unsure of how to open the dialogue, read on for some helpful ideas. Read more »

Extended Portability of Estate Tax Exemptions

There is nothing more terrifying to a young attorney than making a clerical error that ends up wasting a lot of the senior partners’ billable time. This is a difficult risk to manage, as every case has its own set of issues and deadlines, many of which the firm may be liable for if not handled properly. The one that got me as a young associate attorney was a missed estate tax deadline. Thankfully for me, so many attorneys across the country made the same error (and continue to do so), that the IRS has provided a “do-over” for all estates of individuals who have passed away since 2011. With the new IRS rules now in place, this error never would have happened. Read more »

Arnerich Massena’s Charitable Planning and Impact Investing Featured in Oregon Business Magazine

“Portland investment advisory firm Arnerich Massena helps high net worth clients grow their assets. Then, when it’s time, Arnerich Massena helps them share the wealth.” The Oregon Business Magazine article, featured in the June issue, illustrates two pathways for making an impact: philanthropic giving and impact investing, and explains how Arnerich Massena facilitates both. Read more »

Lessons on Trustee Selection, Live from the Staples Center!

Sports fans have recently seen the impact trust laws have firsthand, as the control of one of the NBA’s marquis franchises, the Los Angeles Lakers, has been determined by the trust which owns a majority share in the team. Most of the clients we work with own assets far less unique than an NBA franchise; however, the end result is the same no matter the asset – a properly drafted trust with appropriately designated trustees is one vehicle that may allow for the smooth transition of property from one generation to the next. Read more »

The Portland Business Journal’s Family Caregiver Summit Featured Industry-Leading Experts, including Arnerich Massena’s Glen Goland, JD, CFP®

“I’m a recovering attorney. Now, I do wealth planning for folks,” Glen Goland, JD, CFP®, is quoted in The Portland Business Journal’s Family Caregiver Summit special insert of its March 24, 2017 issue. Glen participated on a panel, “Navigating Care & Finance for the Aging Parent,” a discussion about how to protect your assets and manage investments as family members age. Read more »