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Life is what happens to you when you had other plans!

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Chris Blomenberg is President of Meadowlark Music Festival

CHRIS BLOMENBERG IS PRESIDENT OF MEADOWLARK MUSIC FESTIVAL Called "the Festival to Watch" by Chamber Music America, Meadowlark Music Festival was founded in 2001 by Ann Chang Barnes, Artistic Director at the Lied Center for Performing Arts and Artist in Residence as well as Director of the Art's Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. With the assistance of Board of Directors President - Chris Blomenberg, Executive Director -Tamara Cass, an active and working Board of Directors, and widespread community and foundation support, Meadowlark is now celebrating its 11th year of classical music performances.

Federal Estate and Gift Taxes

Federal Estate and Gift Taxes
Congress gave us Temporary Estate and Gift Tax Relief until December 31, 2012
What the Relief means in 2011 and 2012: 1. The first $5,000,000.00 of the value of each estate is exempt from Federal Estate Tax. 2. There is a cost of living adjustment that could increase the $5,000,000.00 exempt value in 2012. 3. Surviving spouse may be able to use the unused exclusion amount of their deceased spouse (Would be able to use full $10,000,000.00 exemption between the two estates). 4. Maximum Estate tax rate is 35%. 5. Restores the basis of estate assets to date of death values. 6. Gift tax exclusion amount will also be $5,000,000.00 and the gift tax rate will be 35%. 7. Will be able to use the exclusion when figuring either gift taxes or estate taxes. In 2013 we go back to a $1,000,000.00 exemption, a top rate of 55% and more drama.