Ask the Experts: See Estate Lawyer About Gifting Assets

Changes in estate tax laws can be extremely confusing. This week, Sacramento estate planning attorney Kay Brooks answers a reader’s question about how to preserve a mother’s financial assets in the Sacramento Bee column “Ask the Experts.”

Q: I’m concerned that Congress may fail to act on the 2013 estate tax law, letting the estate tax exclusion return to $1 million per individual ($2 million per couple). I’m responsible for managing my mother’s estate, which consists of $4.9 million in cash and real estate. My plan is to gift assets so that her remaining assets total $1 million cash, with no estate tax due (hopefully!) when it’s time to settle her estate. How long would you wait on Congress before going ahead?

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