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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, September 1, 2014

Article on Marital Trusts

Marital trust

Jay A. Soled (Rutgers University), Dena Wolf (Independent) and Nathan Arnell (Independent) published an article entitled, Funding Marital Trusts: Mistakes and Their Consequences, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Journal, Vol. 31. No. 88, 1996. Provided below is the abstract from SSRN:

Mistakes occur in every profession, and attorneys practicing estate administration are not immune from this phenomenon. Funding marital trusts at the death of the first spouse engenders numerous opportunities for mistakes given the complex and technical nature of the tax law and the variety of funding clauses. Mistakes in funding marital trusts remain prevalent and cannot be overstated, as the result is often lengthy litigation and endless estate and gift taxes. Therefore, the practice of estate administration and funding of marital trusts demands an awareness of both the possibility of these errors and the various available remedial options.


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