Wealth transfer planning often involves strategies designed to minimize income, estate,and gift taxes. In recent years, frequent but temporary changes in the tax law have created uncertainty for affluent individuals and their advisors. However, experts resoundingly agree that the current opportunity to transfer up to $5.12M per individual, free from
federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes, is unlikely to last.Therefore, limited time remains to take advantage of it. Since the complex nature of
planning can require substantial time, the process should be initiated now to ensure the value of this provision can be maximized before year-end.