David H. Lenok

H. Lenok
Senior Editor

David Lenok is a senior editor for Wealthmanagement.com and Trusts & Estates. He's an attorney admitted to practice in New York and writes about general wealth planning issues.

Why Your Married Clients Should Probably File Federal Estate Tax Returns
Regardless of the size of a client's estate, making the portability election can act as "success insurance" for a surviving spouse.
Bill Davidson's Estate Beats the IRS … Kind Of
The IRS and the estate of William Davidson, former owner of the Detroit Pistons and Tampa Bay Lightning, recently stipulated to estate and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes of $321 million.
The Value of a Good Quarterback 2
The concept of a professional advisory quarterback is a new and interesting idea that’s gaining some steam.
Some Valuable Estate-Planning Resources for Advisors
Here are a couple of useful resources that advisors should be aware of that can both help your clients and their families avoid sticky end-of-life situations, keep you in the estate planning loop and, potentially, act as nice value adds as well.
Court Rules For-Profit Colleges Must Prepare Students for “Gainful Employment”
A federal district court judge ruled that the U.S. Department of Education can base its determination as to whether a student attending a for-profit college or vocational school is eligible for financial aid on past graduates' abilities to pay off their debts.
Tom Benson Declared Competent. Now What?
A New Orleans Civil District Judge found Saints owner Tom Benson competent and capable of managing his own affairs, giving Tom the first victory in what’s shaping up to be an epic legal struggle.
Ten Milestones When Your Clients Should Revisit Their Estate Plans 4
By linking the updating of an estate plan to certain inevitable life milestones (both positive and negative), advisors can ensure that their clients recognize the importance of keeping things up to date.
Switzerland Names Names 1
Switzerland spectacularly set it’s reputation ablaze in the month of May, publishing the names, birth dates and nationalities of suspected foreign tax evaders from several countries
Three Reasons to Choose a Non-Family Trustee
When establishing a trust, the creator might feel naturally inclined to name a trusted family member... not so fast
The Peter Falk Bill 1
Columbo actor Peter Falk's daughter is spearheading an effort to encourage California to pass a bill offering adult children greater rights to visitation and information about their aging parents
Ancient Indian Burial Grounds and America’s Greatest Athlete
The fight over legendary athlete Jim Thorpe's remains may reach the Supreme Court, and the facts of the case are truly wild.
Oscar de la Renta’s Will “Snubs” Adopted Son 1
The details of late fashion icon Oscar de la Renta’s will have come out and are causing quite a stir, but is everyone just overreacting?
Retirement is Dying
A recent survey illustrates the changing views of American workers as to the meaning of "retirement"
On The Cover: June 2015
Associate legal editor David H. Lenok discusses this month's cover
What Documents Do Your Clients’ 18-Year-Old Children Need?
When your clients’ children turn 18 is an excellent starting point for estate planning for several reasons, both legal and practical.
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