Focus on drafting tax apportionment clauses and how the standard clause can have unintended consequences if not discussed with the client. We will review several examples to demonstrate how a standard apportionment clause, or a lack of any direction as to the payment of estate taxes, could impact the ultimate distributions under an estate plan.
This estate planning workshop will focus on preparing Wills for clients with challenging or interesting family dynamics. As the world has evolved and become more inclusive and fluid, so has the definition of “family” for many people. Therefore, drafting estate planning instruments for clients whose definition of family is one that is fluid and inclusive, or exclusive, is more important than ever. Estate planning attorneys have traditionally been accustomed to drafting provisions that exclude family members but doing so without caution may invite a successful probate challenge or worse. In this interactive workshop participants will learn: 1. Drafting for clients with chosen family, though their biological family members are alive, and no adoption ever took place 2. How to design provisions, including but not limited to guardianship, for Lawful Permanent Residents with primarily non-U.S. family but U.S. children 3. Crafting provisions that address disproportionate gifting and assist in avoiding probate and probate challenges
Whether you have just entered practice and need some assistance or are experienced and could use a refresher the Will Drafting Workshop has something for everyone! This hands-on, practical and example-filled seminar will cover the basics and go in-depth on various family / estate scenarios to aid you in feeling confident even in the face of challenging family dynamics.
Understand practical skills that attorneys utilize every day, including effective legal writing in pleadings, presentation of motions, effective oral arguments, and the use of electronic court orders. Judge Chapman and Judge Skarin discuss organization and style in legal writing, key items to focus on when drafting for motion practice, and everyone’s favorite – motions to compel. They also discuss presentment of motions, and effective advocacy skills during oral argument.
Special needs planning is not just a third-party or a first-party special needs trust. It is not just estate planning. In this session, learn basics of drafting and get suggestions for helpful additional provisions to include in special needs trusts. Understand how to effectively prepare for and conduct the initial consultation. We will also discuss topics you should cover, in addition to estate planning, such as the who, what, why, where and how of accessing the Illinois “maze” of services for individuals with special needs.
Even experienced real property lawyers make some of the most common commercial leasing drafting errors. Using examples from recent high-profile transactions, this course offers practical and eminently useful recommendations to help avoid these drafting errors, improve the quality of any drafting project, and build a stronger professional reputation.
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