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And Now, the Top 20 Wills and Estate Planning Blogs of 2011

By January 4, 2012

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It's that exciting time of the year again - time to post the top twenty most read wills and estate planning blogs during the previous year. There was certainly a lot of confusion in 2011 about estate tax and gift tax forms since the IRS was slow to catch up to the changes made to federal estate tax laws under the provisions of TRUIRJCA. Aside from that, the estate of Dame Elizabeth piqued the interest of quite a few readers, and Michael Jackson's estate once again made it to the top twenty.

But the number one most read blog of 2011, receiving 91,254 page views and getting over 42,000 more page views than number two on the list, was a little piece I wrote to explain the difference between annual exclusion gifts and the lifetime gift tax exclusion. To date this blog has also received over 50 comments, which lends support to my theory that the gift tax is by far the most misunderstood tax in the Internal Revenue Code.

And now, without further ado, here is the list of the twenty most read wills and estate planning blogs during 2011:

20 Most Read Blogs in 2011

  1. 2011 Gift Tax Exclusion - Annual Exclusion vs. Lifetime Exemption
  2. Last Wills of the Rich and Famous
  3. When is a Federal Estate Tax Return Required to be Filed?
  4. When Will the IRS Release 2010 Form 706 and 2010 Form 709?
  5. Does a Federal Estate Tax Return Need to Be Filed in 2010?
  6. Understanding New York Estate Taxes
  7. Who Will Inherit Elizabeth Taylor's Estate?
  8. Understanding New Jersey Inheritance Taxes
  9. Count 'Em Up, Five Bills Already Introduced to Permanently Repeal Federal Estate Taxes
  10. What Happens at the Reading of a Will?
  11. Understanding Pennsylvania Inheritance Taxes
  12. Understanding Indiana Inheritance Taxes
  13. To File Form 706, Form 8939, or Nothing at All, That is the Question
  14. Breaking News on Illinois Estate Taxes - State Estate Tax Reinstated for 2011
  15. When Will Elizabeth Taylor's Will Be Admitted to Probate?
  16. Does California Have an Estate Tax?
  17. Does Texas Have an Estate Tax?
  18. Reading Michael Jackson's Will Isn't a Thriller
  19. Finally, An Update on 2010 IRS Form 706, But Nothing New on IRS Form 8939
  20. At Long Last, IRS Releases Draft Basis Allocation Form

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