Buy-Sell Agreements represents over 30 years of work and study of buy-sell agreements for closely-held or family businesses of all shapes and sizes. I’ve drafted or edited hundreds of buy-sell agreements and reviewed over a 1000 more. In my opinion, it’s the hardest agreement to draft and get right. Buy-Sell Agreements will define what I mean by a buy-sell agreement, identify the three types of buy-sell agreements, describe what I mean by a “triggering event,” describe the tax consequences of a buyout and much, much more!

Buy-Sell Agreements truly is a labor of love. My family was negatively impacted by a poorly drafted buy-sell agreement, and I possess incredible passion around this subject to hopefully prevent my readers from suffering needlessly from a poor buyout provision. It’s truly the first book of its kind written for the lay audience to explore the depths of buy-sell agreements as deeply as I go in this book.

Buy-Sell Agreements is chock-full of examples of real-world buy-sell situations so that it hopefully is easy to follow along. I wrote this book for you!!!

Won’t you join me on an exploration of buy-sell agreements?

In the course of a single year, estate planning has been directly affected by numerous, significant revisions to the law. When rules change, every estate planner must stay completely up-to-date with all the opportunities—and pitfalls—arising from the new legislation.
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The Tools & Techniques of Estate Planning, 19th edition, applies the trusted Tools & Techniques approach to all aspects of modern estate planning, enabling you to:

  • Help your clients plan every aspect of their estate, including tax, investment, insurance, and estate administration decisions
  • Help your clients effectively preserve their assets under current law
  • Handle a wide variety of estates and specific circumstances
  • Save significant amounts of time with exclusive estate planning tools

In addition to everything that made the first eighteen editions of The Tools & Techniques of Estate Planning so effective and popular, this new edition delivers several enhancements including:

  • Cover-to-cover updates to reflect changes in tax code that were enacted in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
  • A new chapter on planning techniques that utilize the new Section 199A Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction
  • Significantly updated chapters on trust planning and income tax considerations in estate planning

This book features easy-to-understand, real-world examples from expert authors on what techniques are best suited for a wide variety of circumstances, and equally important advice on how to avoid future problems. Readers will learn the most important issues and planning techniques to help clients plan every aspect of their estate. In these pages you’ll also find reliable, practice-based analyses of hundreds of recent cases and rulings, helping you assist your clients in making the best decisions for themselves and for their families.

Historically low interest rates and higher income taxes have led to an increased interest in charitable planning. Today, many taxpayers are searching for new ways to maximize their deductions. In the current financial and tax environment, charitable giving is more valuable than ever.
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This book has been fully revised, expanded and enhanced to help you meet the needs of every client looking to make the most of their charitable giving.

The Tools & Techniques of Charitable Planning, 3rd Edition, includes:
• New tools to help planners deal with higher capital gain tax rates
• New chapter on Charitable Life Estates
• Techniques specifically geared toward organizing and strengthening the approaches used by planned giving teams within charitable organizations
• Tools for meeting the expectations of continuing growth in the value of assets often used to fund charitable gifts
• Exploration of recent trends toward using CRUTS rather than CRATS
• Insights into the best techniques to meet planned giving goals in a low-interest-rate environment, including the use of CLATs
• New content on Type III supporting organizations
• Expert tips on using charitable gift annuities in death

Comprehensive updates throughout the book will help you understand the new tax rules, including the effects of the Net Investment Income Tax on donors, beneficiaries, and trusts.

The tools and techniques in this book are practical and proven, compiled by a team of the foremost experts in the field. Numerous charts, graphs and tables are included, simplifying everything from the basic charitable deduction rules to the most complex charitable giving techniques.

The single-volume The Tools & Techniques of Charitable Planning, 3rd Edition, provides instant access to all of the vital information absolutely necessary for guiding each client through their important charitable planning decisions.

Select Articles & Additional Co-authored Works

Property or Financial Powers of Attorney

Autopsy of a Gift Gone Bad: Lessons Learned

How to Avoid Common Sources of Drafting Errors

Innovative Trust Designs Better Serve Inheritors

Defined Valuation  Clauses—From Theory to Implementation

Defined Value Gifts and Sales Under the Microscope: What’s Possible and What’s Not?

The Human Side of Estate Planning Part 3

The Human Side of Estate Planning: Part 2

The Human Side of Estate Planning: Part 1

Thirty-two Core Beliefs

Issues in Income Shifting

“Defined Valuation Clauses-From Theory to Implementation,” co-author with Renee Gabbard, Estate Planning (September 2019)

“Issues in Income Shifting: What’s Past is Prologue,” Trusts & Estates (September 2019)

“Autopsy of a Gift Gone Bad: Parts I and II,” 30 Planned Giving Today Nos. 1-2 (January and February 2019)

”The Human Side of Estate Planning,” Parts 1-3; Trusts & Estates (July, August, and October 2018)

“How to Avoid Common Sources of Drafting Errors,” Estate Planning (July 2018)

“Innovative Trust Designs Better Serve Inheritors,” co-author with Richard A. Oshins, Esq., 44 Estate Planning No. 6 (June 2017), pp. 3-11.

“32 Core Beliefs,” Trusts & Estates (May 2017), pp. 45-54.

 “Psychological Factors in Estate Planning,” co-author with John J. Guerin, Ph.D., Chapter 18, Financial Behavior: Players, Services, Products, and Markets (Oxford University Press 2017) 

“Anatomy of an LLC Operating Agreement: The Fundamentals for Valuation Analysts,” The Value Examiner (Sept./Oct. 2012, pp. 24-29).

“Estate of Gallagher: The Rest of the Story,” co-author with Timothy R. Lee, Valuation Strategies (Vol. 15, No. 3 Jan./Feb. 2012 pp. 4-13)

 “Gallagher Estate v. Commissioner Valuation Issues: a la Carte or Prix Fixe,” co-author with Timothy R. Lee, Business Valuation Alert (Vol. 12 Issue No. 4 Oct. 2011)

“Estate Planning for Couples: Should it Be a Solo or a Duet?” co-authored with Emily Bouchard, Forbes (April 10, 2020)

“Reviewing Business Appraisal Reports: The Devil is in the Details,” Tax Management Estates Gifts and Trusts Journal (August 2011)

“Must Synergistic Buyers be Considered in Fair Market Value Analysis?” Valuation Strategies Vol. 13, No. 6, pp. 28-33 (2010)

“Who Says Appraisers Agree on Everything? Ten Issues That Affect Valuations (Parts One and Two),” Valuation Strategies Vol. 11, No. 6, pp. and Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 27-31 (2008)

“Hermeneutic for Evaluation, Selection and Design of Estate Planning Tools and Techniques,” Tax Management Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal, pp. 155-175 (May 12, 2005)

“The Initial Estate Planning Interview,” 27 ACTEC Journal 297 (2002) 

“Defined Value Gifts: Does IRS Have it all Wrong?” 28 Estate Planning No. 12, pp. 582-591 (2001)

“Did the IRS Answer the Wrong Defined Value Gift Question?” Probate Practice Reporter (Part 1-Aug. 2001; Part 2-Sept. 2001).

“The Initial Estate Planning Client Interview,” 2 CCH Journal of Practical Estate Planning No. 4, pp. 32-41 (Aug./Sept. 2000),

“10% Remainder Interest Requirement Poses Sticky Drafting Problems,” Tax Management Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal, Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 146-150 (May-June 1999).

“It’s Not Easy to Draft a Testamentary Charitable Remainder Trust,” Charitable Gift Planning News (October 1998)

Editor, The Louisiana Estate Planner, Vol. 20- (p. 1041-); co-editor (with Gerald LeVan, Esq.), Vol. 17, No. 12 – Vol. 19, No. 12 (pp. 842-1040); special editor (with Gerald LeVan, Esq. and Carey J. Messina, Esq.), Vol. 17, No.3 – Vol. 17, No. 11 (pp. 770-841).

“Trust Anxiety: Revocable Trusts in Louisiana,” 39 La. Bar Journal 574 (1991)

“Legislature Puts Trap in State Tax ‘Cookie Jar,’” 38 La. Bar Journal 415 (1990)

“Fifth Circuit Symposium: Federal Taxation,” 35 Loyola Law Review 493 (1989)