How to Plan for the Looming Estate Tax Issue (Ep. 89)

How to Plan for the Looming Estate Tax Issue (Ep. 89)

The once-generous estate and gift tax exemptions set by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) are due to sunset on December 31, 2025.

Is your estate plan ready for the challenge?

In this episode, Kyle Malmstrom, Managing Director, and Christopher Hyman, Director of Insurance Solutions, refer to strategies to reduce the estate tax liability that may significantly increase for many high-net-worth families after the TCJA expires.

Kyle and Chris discuss:

  • A brief overview of how exemption limits have changed over the years
  • The importance of creating liquidity well before the transfer of estate (especially for business and real estate owners)
  • Tax and liquidity benefits of an irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT)
  • Why you should seek expert guidance in estate planning and structuring any trusts
  • And more

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40. How To Minimize Estate Taxes Using ILITs With Kristina Hess

40. How To Minimize Estate Taxes Using ILITs With Kristina Hess

Estate tax exemptions are expected to decrease in the near future.

However, ILITs (irrevocable life insurance trusts) can help you reduce your estate taxes so that you can maximize your wealth transfer to future generations.

In this episode, Kyle Malmstrom speaks with Kristina Hess, estate planning attorney at KR Hess Law, PC. Join Kyle and Kristina as they explain what ILITs are, how to set them up, the tax benefits, and why they are becoming increasingly relevant among high-net-worth individuals.

Kristina discusses:

  • How ILITs reduce your net taxable estate
  • How to move both existing and new life insurance policies into an ILIT
  • The potential elimination of grantor trusts and its impact on estate planning, if it’s passed
  • The ideal candidate for setting up an ILIT
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Kristina Hess is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by The State Bar of California. At her core, Kristina is a strategic, yet creative thinker who comprehends the legal issues facing you as they relate to your individual life situation. Combine that with her analytical skills, and Kristina will efficiently equip you with the legal instruments to protect your hard earned wealth and, were something ever to happen, ensure that all you have earned throughout your life, stays within your family structure. Prior to establishing her own firm in 2009, Kristina has a proven track record with over 20 years of legal experience, highlighted with San Francisco’s prestigious law firms such as Shearman & Sterling and Pillsbury Winthrop.