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Marital Deduction

All property passing to a spouse is deductible - whether by lifetime gift or at death. This means that while the value of these transfers is in the estate, it is also deductible. Whatever is given to a spouse is not taxable. If you give your spouse $10 million during life or at death there is no tax. But when the spouse dies later there is no marital deduction unless the spouse has remarried. At this time the spouse could give your property to his or her second spouse, unless you take steps to avoid it.

See the sections on Marital Deduction Trust and Q-Tip Trust .

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