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Brenton C. McWilliams

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Estate Planning

Estate planning is the development of a plan to manage your financial and healthcare decisions.

Elder Law

Elder law is the system of laws and rules which affect the lives of older individuals and their families.

Probate and Estate Administration

I help families through the legal process of transferring ownership of property following death.
Baldwin County Alabama Estate Planning Probate and Elder Law

Brenton C. McWilliams

Brenton C. McWilliams is an attorney serving clients in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Foley and Daphne. Mr. McWilliams also serves clients throughout Baldwin County, Mobile County and the rest of the State of Alabama. Prior to opening his firm in Orange Beach, Mr. McWilliams was a partner in one of Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s oldest law firms concentrating in real estate, estate planning, probate and business needs. Mr. McWilliams has previously served as the city attorney for a local municipality and was appointed as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Alabama. Mr. McWilliams is admitted to practice law before all courts in the State of Alabama, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

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Guide to Estate and Gift Tax Portability for Estate Planning

A common concern among our estate planning clients is whether taxes must be paid on their estate once they die. While there is no state-level estate tax in Alabama, your estate could be subject to federal estate taxes. In 2024, the federal estate tax exemption amount for an individual is $13.61 million (this is adjusted annually according to inflation and, as discussed later on may be subject to law changes in the future). In 2010, the IRS introduced the concept of estate tax portability, which, effectively, doubles the estate tax exemption amount for married couples. This means that if your spouse did not use the full $13.61 million exemption amount at his or her death, you may be able to transfer (“port”) your deceased spouse’s unused exclusion (DSUE) to yourself, increasing your own estate tax exemption amount.

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How Do I Choose Between a Revocable and an Irrevocable Trust?

Choosing between a revocable and irrevocable trust is akin to selecting the right tool for a job—it all depends on what you’re trying to achieve. This article will help you navigate the nuances of each option, revocable vs. irrevocable trust so you can make the choice that best aligns with your goals.

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