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Arboneaux Ranked in ‘Private Client Global Elite 2017’

October 26, 2017

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London Partner, Dyke Arboneaux, was profiled in The Private Client Global Elite 2017 – a special publication of Legal Week compiled every five years in recognition of the top 200 private client and trust practitioners across Europe, the U.S. and Asia.Arboneaux advises on the international aspects of U.S. tax matters and estate planning, with a particular specialty in planning for clients who are exposed to multiple tax systems. She leads a team of FATCA specialists within Bryan Cave who have extensive experience advising small to medium-sized trust companies, private investment funds, and complex private trust and company structures on FATCA compliance.

Those included in the publication were celebrated at a gala dinner on Oct. 4. This is the second time Arboneaux has been featured in The Private Client Global Elite; she

Treasury to Withdraw Proposed IRC §2704 Regulations

Treasury to Withdraw Proposed IRC §2704 Regulations

October 26, 2017

Authored by: Andrew Bleyer and Larry Brody

The Department of the Treasury has withdrawn the controversial proposed regulations for Section 2704 of the Code.  Section 2704 limits valuation discounts in family-controlled entities for certain lapsing rights and restrictions.  The proposed Regulations would have expanded the scope of Section 2704 by adding a new classification of disregarded restrictions and by narrowing several longstanding exceptions.  Comments submitted after the regulations were proposed complained that the requirements were unclear and that the impact on state law was difficult to predict.  On October 2, 2017, the Department of the Treasury submitted a report recommending that the proposed 2704 Regulations be rescinded and today the proposed Regulations were officially withdrawn by notice published in the Federal Register (82 FR 48779).

Using Lay Witnesses To Combat Experts: Taking A Knife To A Gun Fight?

October 11, 2017

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Expert witnesses can be expensive.  Yet, in estate disputes, they may be unavoidable.  When a will gets challenged based on an alleged lack of testamentary capacity or undue influence, you can all but guarantee that the decedent’s treating physician and medical records will make an appearance.  On the other side, the parties will line up the decedent’s friends, family, associates and the like who interacted with the decedent around the time the will was executed to claim the decedent either lacked capacity or was totally competent.  But, are these lay witnesses enough to overcome the doctor?  Perhaps not.

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia‘s opinion in Merritt v. Wolford provides a good example of what often happens when a party tries to combat an expert with lay testimony – it does not work out well for the

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