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The Top 7 Mistakes in Estate Planning: #3 Not planning for the Massachusetts and Federal Estate Taxes

Mistake No. 3: Not planning for the Massachusetts and Federal Estate Taxes

A trust is an effective way of doubling the amounts that a married couple can pass tax free to their children and grandchildren. While the federal estate tax free amounts continue to change and may drop to $1 million per person in 2011, it is important to consider how the growth of your assets over time will effect your tax situation. The state of Massachusetts also imposes a separate estate tax on all estates over $1 million. Your planning should address both of these taxes, which can be substantial.