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6th Annual Special Needs Institute

The 6th Annual Special Needs Institute will provide in-depth information from seasoned special needs law practitioners, practical takeaways, and insights on drafting 1st and 3rd party trusts, government benefits, guardianship alternatives, and much more!
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Estate Administration: What Happens After Someone Dies & Why That is Important

The death of a client is the true test of how all the estate planning plays out. Understanding the nuts and bolts of the estate administration process can help you anticipate potential problems in your drafting. Cover how the attorney can help with the estate settlement responsibilities, tasks that will need to be completed and considerations for post-mortem tax planning.

Assets that Pass Outside Wills and Trusts

Understand the various types of assets that pass outside of a will or trust, the mechanism of conveyance, and applicable law.

Everyday Mistakes in Estate Planning

Ensure thoroughness in each stage of the planning process with a step-by-step checklist to help you avoid malpractice claims - from pre-engagement to document drafting to termination of representation.

Trusts Overview

Examine the basics of revocable trusts and then delve into various revocable trust structures and provisions that attorneys should consider for their clients.

Wills Overview

Review the essential provisions and important aspects of wills.

Client Intake & Communication in Estate Planning

Explore the art of choosing the right client, the importance and content of engagement letters, and the client communication that most of us probably don’t do well: the conclusion of representation letter.

Anatomy of an Estate Plan

Walk through the forms involved in estate planning, their purposes, and why you need to understand them.

Distributions, Funding and Completion of Post-Death Administration

Get tips for efficiently and effectively wrapping up post-death administration. Distributions, funding and more will be demystified.

A Discussion of Assets that Pass Outside of the Estate Plan

Understand the post-death administration of transfer-on-death assets, life insurance, retirement plan assets, and JTWROS assets with a focus on situations complicating the administration and transfer of these assets.

Real Property, Closely Held Business Interests and Special Assets Post-Death

Families inheriting real property can present thorny issues. Second marriages, ancestral residential income property, or simultaneous deaths that were not contemplated in old and cold trusts can create sleepless nights for many lawyers. Additionally, closely held businesses may be similarly fraught with estate administration challenges. Several issues may arise causing an unsuspecting family to inherit substantial potential liabilities for which the family was not initially responsible. Finally, digital currency is here; online, streaming entertainment products are booming; and the number of oenophiles has soared because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Explore and learn how to address legal challenges attorneys must resolve when confronting these assets.

How to Mitigate the Risks of Costly Fights Over “Stuff” Post-Death

Antiques, art, jewelry, and other family heirlooms are often the source of the most anxiety and carry the greatest potential for conflict following a death in the family. In many cases, the financial value of the “stuff” is modest relative to other assets that comprise a typical estate or trust. Mitigating the risks of fights over stuff also goes beyond the standard language that is often written into estate plan documents to dispose of tangible personal property at death. Examine a few of the ways in which planners can help their clients reduce the risk of destructive and costly fights over stuff long before their clients actually die.

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