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Merry Christmas From Your Friends in Congress and President Obama

Published December 26, 2010 by The Wooten Law Firm

As predicted in my last blog entry, President Obama and Congress were able to avert the estate tax disaster scheduled to occur on January 1, 2011 with the expiration of Bush Estate Reform passed in 2001. On December 17,…

Temporary Estate Tax Deal?

Published December 7, 2010 by The Wooten Law Firm

It looks as if President Obama and Senate Republicans may have struck a temporary deal addressing the expiration of the Bush era estate tax reforms. As you may recall, the so called “repeal” of estate taxes passed by President Bush…

Wooten Wins Rare Tax Appeal

Published November 30, 2010 by The Wooten Law Firm

Louis Wooten recently won a rare abatement of the trust fund tax penalty from the IRS. In the case, Wooten’s client was assessed as a responsible person for trust fund taxes accruing over several years, with the latest assessment being…

How Do I Avoid Probate?

Published November 22, 2010 by The Wooten Law Firm

Everybody these days seems to want to avoid probate. First, let me say that while there are benefits to avoiding probate, probate itself is not necessarily always a bad thing. Probate is the process by which we gather the deceased’s…

Wooten Forms New Law Firm

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After more than twenty years of practice in both the public and private sectors, Louis Wooten has decided to “hang out a shingle” and open his own law firm. Louis has opened his new practice, The Wooten Law Firm, in…

Wooten Delivers Speech To NC Estate Planning Section Annual Meeting

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This summer, Louis Wooten was one of the featured speakers at the 2010 North Carolina Bar Association Estate Planning Section annual meeting and continuing education. The two-day annual event was held this year at the prestigious Kiawah Island Golf and…

Wooten Elected to NC Bar Tax Section Council

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Louis Wooten was recently elected to the North Carolina Bar Association Tax Section Council. The Council serves as the governing body for the Bar Associations Tax Section. The Tax Section consists of several hundred tax practitioners from all over the…

Do I need a Will?

Published November 15, 2010 by The Wooten Law Firm

I get this question a lot. I am happy to report that the North Carolina does not require a will in order to die (kidding). Indeed about one half (1/2) of the estates probated in North Carolina are “intestate” (i.e.,…

Welcome To My Blog

Published November 4, 2010 by The Wooten Law Firm

WELCOME to my blog. I’ve never blogged before and had some apprehension that I may not be doing it “right.” True to form, I did some research and visited some other estate planning blogs to see how they do it….


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