John Rich, whose career spanned nearly 50 nears and includes directing over 100 television shows, has passed away at the age of 86. One of the classic scenes that John Rich directed was on an episode of “All in the Family” filmed in 1972. Sammy Davis Jr., playing himself, posing for a snapshot beside the likable bigot Archie Bunker after stopping by the Bunker home to pick up the briefcase he had left in Archie’s cab. An unexpected kiss by Sammy Davis Jr. on Archie’s cheek made instant history. Rich received an Emmy and an N.A.A.C.P. Image Award for his work on that episode of “All in the Family.” Rich is survived by his wife of 22 years, Patricia, two sons, Anthony and Robert; a daughter, Catherine Rich; three stepdaughters, Megan Lewis, Kimberly Beres and Dana Benton; and eight grandchildren. Full article.

Under President Obama’s Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, the 2012 estate tax allows for a total exemption of $5,120,000. This means that estates will be taxed at 35% on all amounts over $5.12 million. Anything above $5.12 million is subject to estate taxes. It is important to know that estate taxes are due to the IRS only 9 months from date of death. In many cases, heirs and loved ones are forced to sell personal property, real property, and other belongings at below market value to pay for this huge tax bill.

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