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Inheritance tax: Exemptions for Farms and Small Businesses: Fourth and Last in a Series

Effective for decedents dying after July 9, 2013, there is a new inheritance tax exemption for qualified family-owned businesses. The law provides: "A transfer of a qualified family-owned business interest to one or more transferees is exempt from inheritance tax, if the qualified family-owned business interest . . . .continues to be owned by a qualified transferee for a minimum of seven years after the decedent's date of death."

What Does a Surviving Spouse Inherit?

The question of what a surviving spouse inherits from a deceased spouse is a complicated one. The answer is the typical lawyer's response, "It depends." Some scenarios can help to illustrate the issues. To keep the examples simple, I am going to assume that the husband dies before the wife - forgive me, all you husbands out there.

A Guide for the Surviving Spouse

In addition to grief, loss, and loneliness, widows and widowers are faced with many practical problems. There are arrangements to be made, financial matters to deal with, and children to care for, just to name a few. The death of a spouse is a time when the surviving spouse will need love and support. The survivor also will be bombarded with advice, suggestions, demands, fears, and concerns. Here is a guide to help you through this difficult time.

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