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Drafting Client Engagement Letters in Trust and Estate Planning

$59.00

Client engagement letters are the foundation of a successful representation in trust and estate planning, administration or fiduciary litigation.  It’s where expectations are set – about fees, timelines, and who you are representing. Difficult issues involving conflicts of interests and decision-making can also be framed and addressed. These letters clarify goals and substantially reduce the risk of later dispute.  This program will provide you a practical guide to using client engagement letters to provide the foundation of a successful relationship in trust and estate planning, administration and litigation. Most important elements of successful client engagement letter Spousal representations – joint representation or separate, and practical difficulties of each Representing multiple generations of a family – who is in charge?   Lawyer as fiduciary – what must you do if you’re the trustee How to handle extant or developing client incapacity Ongoing communication and billing issues Providing for withdrawal from an engagement – when and how   Speakers:

  • Teleseminar
    Format
  • 60
    Minutes
  • 12/23/2020
    Presented
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Trust and Estate Planning for Pets

$59.00

  Providing for the care of pets is, for some clients, their most urgent estate and trust priority.  These clients want to ensure that, after their own deaths, their pets are looked after in a safe and secure environment.  But the law is unclear in this area – there are few familiar planning patterns to follow in this area.The challenge for the planner is to create new structures to achieve these goals, including choosing standards for caregivers and trustees, drafting distribution provisions, and providing for the disposition of the remains of pets.This program will provide you with a practical guide to the estate and trust planning for pets and other animals, including drafting trusts, fiduciary standards, and distribution provisions. Legal and practical framework for estate and trust planning for pets and other animals Traditional trusts v. statutory trusts – advantages and disadvantages of each Drafting standards for caregivers and trustees, and understanding the relationship between the two Distributions to caregivers for the pet and for themselves Designation of remainder beneficiary or trust, terminating the trust, and final disposition of pets or other animals   Speaker:    

  • Teleseminar
    Format
  • 60
    Minutes
  • 12/16/2020
    Presented
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LIVE REPLAY: Trust and Estate Planning for Family Businesses, Part 2

$59.00

Most successful businesses are owned by one or more families.  Because they are family owned, these companies create many special planning challenges.  Ownership and control do not shift among non-owner managers or anonymous shareholders. Rather, succession in ownership and management is a momentous and often highly emotional process for members of the family.  Frequently, these transitions are caused by the retirement or death of members of a family member.  And these transitions, if not carefully planned and delicately handled, can be ruinous, damaging the family and their company.  This program will provide you a practical framework of trust and estate planning and succession planning for family businesses.  Day 1: Framework of trust and estate planning tools and techniques for family businesses Valuation issues for financial and tax purposes Buy-sell planning with family members or key employees Selling to third parties where intra-family succession is not possible Planning for the incapacity of the founding generation Role of outside managers to overcome family drama related to control   Day 2: Counseling clients on how to avoid family drama on succession Life insurance trust planning – or as a compensating asset to certain heirs Structuring private annuities to transfer a business and provide income to founders Self-cancelling installments notes and intentionally defective irrevocable trusts Use of GRATS and “redemptive freezes”   Speakers:

  • Teleseminar
    Format
  • 60
    Minutes
  • 12/4/2020
    Presented
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LIVE REPLAY: Trust and Estate Planning for Family Businesses, Part 1

$59.00

  Most successful businesses are owned by one or more families.  Because they are family owned, these companies create many special planning challenges.  Ownership and control do not shift among non-owner managers or anonymous shareholders. Rather, succession in ownership and management is a momentous and often highly emotional process for members of the family.  Frequently, these transitions are caused by the retirement or death of members of a family member.  And these transitions, if not carefully planned and delicately handled, can be ruinous, damaging the family and their company.  This program will provide you a practical framework of trust and estate planning and succession planning for family businesses.  Day 1: Framework of trust and estate planning tools and techniques for family businesses Valuation issues for financial and tax purposes Buy-sell planning with family members or key employees Selling to third parties where intra-family succession is not possible Planning for the incapacity of the founding generation Role of outside managers to overcome family drama related to control   Day 2: Counseling clients on how to avoid family drama on succession Life insurance trust planning – or as a compensating asset to certain heirs Structuring private annuities to transfer a business and provide income to founders Self-cancelling installments notes and intentionally defective irrevocable trusts Use of GRATS and “redemptive freezes”   Speaker: Daniel L. Daniels is a partner in the Greenwich, Connecticut office of Wiggin and Dana, LLP, where his practice focuses on representing business owners, corporate executives and other wealthy individuals and their families.  A Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, he is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America,” and has been named by “Worth” magazine as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the United States representing affluent individuals. Mr. Daniels is co-author of a monthly column in “Trusts and Estates” magazine.  Mr. Daniels received his A.B., summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College and received his J.D., with honors, from Harvard Law School.  

  • Teleseminar
    Format
  • 60
    Minutes
  • 12/3/2020
    Presented
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LIVE REPLAY: Defending Estate and Gift Tax Audits

$59.00

The IRS reviews every estate and gift tax return and audits them returns at a far higher rates than income tax returns.  When a client return is chosen for examination and audit, an estate is subject to a very time-consuming and costly process.  Understanding the steps in the process, the personnel involved, and the limits of what you can reasonably expect as part of a settlement are all essential to successfully concluding an audit. It’s also very important to understand how returns are selected for exam.  This program will provide you with a practical guide preparing for and defending and audit and tips for reducing the risk of triggering an audit. Timeline, process, personnel and deadlines – understanding how an audit unfolds Common audit triggers and how returns are selected for examination Review of common issues on audit – FLP/FLLCs, defined value clauses, insurance policies and lifetime gifts Drafting responses and working with IRS personnel Determining the range of reasonable settlement proposals Important attorney-client privilege, statute of limitation, and evidentiary considerations   Speaker: Brian R. Harris is a partner in the Tampa, Florida office of Akerman, LLP, where he represents clients in federal, state, and local tax controversy and litigation throughout the United States. He also represents clients before the IRS, state departments of revenue, and municipalities.  Earlier in his career, he was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, and lead attorney for the United States and IRS in federal courts across the country. Mr. Harris received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Florida and his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law.

  • Teleseminar
    Format
  • 60
    Minutes
  • 11/25/2020
    Presented
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Common Area Maintenance, Insurance, and & Taxes Provisions in Commercial Leases

$59.00

Common area expenses (CAM) are part of virtually every office and retail lease. These expenses cover everything from parking lots and reception areas to common meeting spaces and restrooms.  In triple net leases, landlords seek to recover these expenses from tenants.  This can be a significant component of a tenant’s lease expense.The scope of CAM, caps or other limitations, and audit rights are highly negotiated. Landlords and lenders are often reluctant to give any concessions. This program will provide you with a practical guide to negotiating and drafting CAM provisions in commercial leases. Scope of common area maintenance (CAM) expenses Relationship to minimum maintenance standards Treatment of taxes and insurance Differentiating operating v. capital expenses in CAM recovery Caps on CAM, fixed CAM, gross-up considerations Audit and information rights for CAM Understanding landlord, lender, and tenant motivations and concerns   Speaker:

  • Teleseminar
    Format
  • 60
    Minutes
  • 11/19/2020
    Presented
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Trust and Estate Planning for MDs, JDs, CPAs & Other Professionals, Part 2

$59.00

Estate planning for professionals – physicians, lawyers, accounts and others – and executives raises challenging issues for the planner. These clients may have high incomes but their retirement assets are highly concentrated in restrictive retirement plans. Their tangible assets tend to be the target of claimants, such as former clients in fiduciary litigation, tort claimants, former spouse and others.  Planning for these clients involves preserving tangible assets from potential claimants and working with restrictive retirement plans or illiquid tangible assets. This program will provide you with a guide to issues and techniques when planning for professionals and executives.  Day 1: Estate planning and asset protection for professionals – physicians, lawyers, accountants, and executives Key threats to wealth preservation – challenges to martial agreements, fiduciary claims, bankruptcy, and creditor claims Planning for highly concentrated assets in qualified plans – 401(k)s, IRAs, defined contribution plans Planning with deferred compensation, Section 409A and non-eligible retirement assets   Day 2: Spendthrift trusts, LLCs and other wealth protection vehicles for professionals and executives Risks of fraudulent transfers in trust planning Insurance and annuity products to shield assets and produce income over time Planning with trusts to provide for family and the education of children Bankruptcy issues and planning   Speakers:

  • Teleseminar
    Format
  • 60
    Minutes
  • 11/11/2020
    Presented
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Trust and Estate Planning for MDs, JDs, CPAs & Other Professionals, Part 1

$59.00

Estate planning for professionals – physicians, lawyers, accounts and others – and executives raises challenging issues for the planner. These clients may have high incomes but their retirement assets are highly concentrated in restrictive retirement plans. Their tangible assets tend to be the target of claimants, such as former clients in fiduciary litigation, tort claimants, former spouse and others.  Planning for these clients involves preserving tangible assets from potential claimants and working with restrictive retirement plans or illiquid tangible assets. This program will provide you with a guide to issues and techniques when planning for professionals and executives.  Day 1: Estate planning and asset protection for professionals – physicians, lawyers, accountants, and executives Key threats to wealth preservation – challenges to martial agreements, fiduciary claims, bankruptcy, and creditor claims Planning for highly concentrated assets in qualified plans – 401(k)s, IRAs, defined contribution plans Planning with deferred compensation, Section 409A and non-eligible retirement assets   Day 2: Spendthrift trusts, LLCs and other wealth protection vehicles for professionals and executives Risks of fraudulent transfers in trust planning Insurance and annuity products to shield assets and produce income over time Planning with trusts to provide for family and the education of children Bankruptcy issues and planning   Speakers:

  • Teleseminar
    Format
  • 60
    Minutes
  • 11/10/2020
    Presented
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Income and Fiduciary Tax Issues for Trust and Estate Planners, Part 2

$59.00

Understanding fiduciary income taxation – the taxation of grantor and non-grantor trusts, complex and simple trusts – is essential to trust planning.  It impacts the type of trust chosen, how it’s structured and administered.  Recently changes to federal tax law have added to the complexity of fiduciary income taxation.  The tax treatment of trust income and accounting for distributions and expenses varies depending on the type of trust involved and how “Distributable Net Income” is allocated.This program will provide you with a real-world guide to the essential rules, timeframes, planning techniques and traps of the taxation of trusts. Day 1: Fiduciary income taxation framework and rules for estate and trust planners How fiduciary and income tax planning differ from each other Planning for fiduciary taxation v. planning for individual and corporate tax purposes Types of trusts – simple, complex, grantor – and differing tax rules for each Treatment of “Distributable Net Income” Understanding “Trust Accounting Income,” and impact of Prudent Investor Rule   Day 2: Practical income allocation for simple, complex and grantor trusts Specific allocation rules for DNI – Tier System, Separate Share Rule, 65 Day Rule, specific bequests Charitable giving – tax treatment and practical impact Treatment of depreciation, administrative expenses, and allocation to income Trust terminations – capital loss carryover and excess deductions   Speaker:

  • Teleseminar
    Format
  • 60
    Minutes
  • 9/16/2020
    Presented
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Income and Fiduciary Tax Issues for Trust and Estate Planners, Part 1

$59.00

Understanding fiduciary income taxation – the taxation of grantor and non-grantor trusts, complex and simple trusts – is essential to trust planning.  It impacts the type of trust chosen, how it’s structured and administered.  Recently changes to federal tax law have added to the complexity of fiduciary income taxation.  The tax treatment of trust income and accounting for distributions and expenses varies depending on the type of trust involved and how “Distributable Net Income” is allocated.This program will provide you with a real-world guide to the essential rules, timeframes, planning techniques and traps of the taxation of trusts. Day 1: Fiduciary income taxation framework and rules for estate and trust planners How fiduciary and income tax planning differ from each other Planning for fiduciary taxation v. planning for individual and corporate tax purposes Types of trusts – simple, complex, grantor – and differing tax rules for each Treatment of “Distributable Net Income” Understanding “Trust Accounting Income,” and impact of Prudent Investor Rule   Day 2: Practical income allocation for simple, complex and grantor trusts Specific allocation rules for DNI – Tier System, Separate Share Rule, 65 Day Rule, specific bequests Charitable giving – tax treatment and practical impact Treatment of depreciation, administrative expenses, and allocation to income Trust terminations – capital loss carryover and excess deductions   Speaker:

  • Teleseminar
    Format
  • 60
    Minutes
  • 9/15/2020
    Presented
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LIVE REPLAY: 2020 Trust Litigation Update

$59.00

Baby Boomers are retiring with more wealth – and more complicated family situations – than earlier generations.This wealth and demographic complexity are generating more ever more trust litigation. This litigation includes the extent to which trust interests are reachable in divorce proceedings; fiduciary investment decisions, the handling of concentrated positions in closely held companies, and arguably tortious interference with trust interests. These and many other significant developments trends will be discussed. This program will provide you with a practical guide to significant developments in trust and estate litigation. Tortious interference with inheritance interests Handling concentrated positions in closely held companies Disputes involving operation of family businesses in trusts Trust interests in divorce Counseling clients when fiduciary litigation involves family animosity Modifying trust interests through litigation   Speakers:

  • Teleseminar
    Format
  • 60
    Minutes
  • 8/24/2020
    Presented
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LIVE REPLAY: Domestic Self-Settled Trusts

$59.00

In recent years, many states have begun to allow self-settled spendthrift trusts. These new trusts allow the settlor to obtain the benefits of offshore asset protection trusts without the complexity, cost, and byzantine application of foreign law. A settlor can shield assets from his or her creditors or tort claimants, remove those assets from his or her gross estate, and obtain other tax and non-tax benefits.Though more accessible than offshore trusts, domestic asset protection trusts still come with risk. This program will provide you with a practical guide to using self-settled spendthrift trusts and drafting their instruments.   What are domestic asset protection trusts? When are they best used and what are the risks? What states allow these trusts and subject to what limits? How do domestic trusts and offshore trust compare? What are the tax benefits and risks of thee trusts?   Speakers:

  • Teleseminar
    Format
  • 60
    Minutes
  • 8/14/2020
    Presented
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LIVE REPLAY: Defined Value Clauses: Drafting & Avoiding Red Flags

$59.00

Formula and defined value clauses are used in estate planning to attempt to “fix” the value of property transferred in a lifetime gift, testamentary transfer, orsale.  These clauses are also frequently used in marital deduction and credit shelter trusts, and GST allocations.  Carefully drafted formula clauses can withstand IRS scrutiny and optimize tax outcomes for a client’s estate. But the IRS is aggressive in challenging formula clauses as not reflecting economic reality and understating the value of the property transferred. This program will provide you with an in-depth discussion of the uses of formula clauses, regulatory and case law developments, and practical guidance in drafting clauses to avoid red flags and withstand IRS scrutiny. Types of clauses – formula allocation by subsequent agreement, final value for gift taxes, or price adjustment Use in marital deduction and credit shelter trusts, and GST Tax allocations Spotting red flags that may trigger IRS scrutiny Case law and regulatory developments Special considerations in “de-coupled” states   Speaker:

  • Teleseminar
    Format
  • 60
    Minutes
  • 8/3/2020
    Presented
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Charitable Giving Planning in Trusts and Estates, Part 2

$59.00

Charitable giving can be a major portion of clients’ trust estate planning and introduce substantial complexity. Charitable giving may be motivated less by a desire for tax savings and more by a desire to have an impact on a specific charity or a community.  Clients may also want to retain some measure of control during their lifetimes over the property they are donating and retain income from the property.Though there is a vast array of vehicles and planning techniques to achieve these goals, working through the alternatives is daunting.  This program will provide you with a practical guide to the range of charitable giving vehicles, planning techniques to achieve client goals, tax and non-tax tradeoffs, and integrating charitable giving with overall estate plans. Day 1: Charitable giving vehicles and techniques & advantages and disadvantages of each Integrating charitable giving into overall estate plans Use of Charitable Remainder Trusts and Charitable Lead Trusts to achieve client goals Donating life insurance policies and proceeds and related trust issues How to restructure restricted charitable gifts Tax pitfalls of charitable giving Post-mortem charitable giving techniques   Day 2: Advantages and disadvantages of using private foundations, supporting organizations, and donor-advised funds Structuring funds to provide maximum flexibility to the endowment and satisfy donor demands for control Donating illiquid and difficult-to-value assets to charity – real estate, interests in closely held businesses, works of art Review of faith-based giving initiatives and related legal issues   Speaker: Blanche Lark Christerson is a wealth planning consultant who works clients and their advisors to help develop estate, gift, tax, and wealth transfer planning strategies.  She was for 22 years, a managing director at Deutsche Bank Wealth Management.  She was also a vice president in the estate planning department of U.S. Trust Company and practiced law with Weil, Gotshal& Manges in New York City. She is the author of the monthly newsletter “Tax Topics."  Ms. Christerson received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, her J.D. from New York Law School and her LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.

  • Teleseminar
    Format
  • 60
    Minutes
  • 7/31/2020
    Presented
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Charitable Giving Planning in Trusts and Estates, Part 1

$59.00

Charitable giving can be a major portion of clients’ trust estate planning and introduce substantial complexity. Charitable giving may be motivated less by a desire for tax savings and more by a desire to have an impact on a specific charity or a community.  Clients may also want to retain some measure of control during their lifetimes over the property they are donating and retain income from the property.Though there is a vast array of vehicles and planning techniques to achieve these goals, working through the alternatives is daunting.  This program will provide you with a practical guide to the range of charitable giving vehicles, planning techniques to achieve client goals, tax and non-tax tradeoffs, and integrating charitable giving with overall estate plans. Day 1: Charitable giving vehicles and techniques & advantages and disadvantages of each Integrating charitable giving into overall estate plans Use of Charitable Remainder Trusts and Charitable Lead Trusts to achieve client goals Donating life insurance policies and proceeds and related trust issues How to restructure restricted charitable gifts Tax pitfalls of charitable giving Post-mortem charitable giving techniques   Day 2: Advantages and disadvantages of using private foundations, supporting organizations, and donor-advised funds Structuring funds to provide maximum flexibility to the endowment and satisfy donor demands for control Donating illiquid and difficult-to-value assets to charity – real estate, interests in closely held businesses, works of art Review of faith-based giving initiatives and related legal issues   Speaker: Blanche Lark Christerson is a wealth planning consultant who works clients and their advisors to help develop estate, gift, tax, and wealth transfer planning strategies.  She was for 22 years, a managing director at Deutsche Bank Wealth Management.  She was also a vice president in the estate planning department of U.S. Trust Company and practiced law with Weil, Gotshal& Manges in New York City. She is the author of the monthly newsletter “Tax Topics."  Ms. Christerson received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, her J.D. from New York Law School and her LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.

  • Teleseminar
    Format
  • 60
    Minutes
  • 7/30/2020
    Presented
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Defending Estate and Gift Tax Audits

$59.00

The IRS reviews every estate and gift tax return and audits them returns at a far higher rates than income tax returns.  When a client return is chosen for examination and audit, an estate is subject to a very time-consuming and costly process.  Understanding the steps in the process, the personnel involved, and the limits of what you can reasonably expect as part of a settlement are all essential to successfully concluding an audit. It’s also very important to understand how returns are selected for exam.  This program will provide you with a practical guide preparing for and defending and audit and tips for reducing the risk of triggering an audit. Timeline, process, personnel and deadlines – understanding how an audit unfolds Common audit triggers and how returns are selected for examination Review of common issues on audit – FLP/FLLCs, defined value clauses, insurance policies and lifetime gifts Drafting responses and working with IRS personnel Determining the range of reasonable settlement proposals Important attorney-client privilege, statute of limitation, and evidentiary considerations   Speaker: Brian R. Harris is a partner in the Tampa, Florida office of Akerman, LLP, where he represents clients in federal, state, and local tax controversy and litigation throughout the United States. He also represents clients before the IRS, state departments of revenue, and municipalities.  Earlier in his career, he was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, and lead attorney for the United States and IRS in federal courts across the country. Mr. Harris received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Florida and his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law.

  • Teleseminar
    Format
  • 60
    Minutes
  • 7/22/2020
    Presented
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