[IMGCAP(1)]You receive a call from a very excited client: your lawyer client settled a large case. Or your client won a large judgment. Or your client won the lottery. Now your client is about to receive a very large check: $1,000,000. $5,000,000. More? That’s the good news.

The bad news is that it is ordinary income, and large lump sums of ordinary income are taxed at the highest marginal rates and do not have easy tax planning “solutions.”

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