As a result of the more lenient Roth conversion rules, we have been reviewing the federal estate tax, income tax and distribution issues relating to Roth IRA conversions with clients. I thought this article provided a nice synopsis of the distribution rules facing beneficiaries of a Roth IRA. Here is another article with some additional considerations. Please note that these articles are not exhaustive of the issues, but serve to give you a good starting point for understanding decisions to be made as an IRA owner and as someone inheriting an IRA.
Please feel free to contact Douglas L. Kaune, Esq. to discuss your particular IRA and ROTH IRA estate planning issues or issues you are facing as a beneficiary of one of these accounts to determine how best to proceed.