As an insurance producer working with high net worth individuals, there are plenty of ways to ensure their families can take advantage of the money they have set aside for them without losing a large percentage of it in taxes.
While the lawsuit that led the Supreme Court finding the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, United States v. Windsor, largely regarded tax laws related to inheritance, there were a number of additional implications the ruling had on same-sex couples across the country.
Do estate taxes keep your clients up at night? Do they worry about the amount of money they can pass to their heirs? This is a common concern among high net worth individuals, many of whom worked extremely hard to generate wealth that gives them the peace of mind knowing their spouse, children and grandchildren will be taken care of once they’re gone. For married individuals, a Credit Shelter Trust (CST) may be the right solution to help them avoid estate taxes when passing wealth on to their beneficiaries.
On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. With that single ruling, many doors opened for LGBT Americans across the country. Under the Supreme Court’s finding, the federal government can no longer discriminate against married lesbian and gay couples when determining federal benefits and protections.