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Post-Death Administration of Trusts & Estates

Learn everything you need to know to effectively administer trusts and estates post-death. Understand tools provided by the Illinois Probate Act and the Illinois Trust Code which will help you resolve conflicts and modify documents. Additional topics include: marshaling assets; identifying liabilities; effective communication; post-death tax liability; avoiding fights over tangible personal property; dealing with real property, closely-held businesses and digital currency; TODIs; distributions; and more.
Credits: 5.25 General, 0 Diversity/Inclusion PR, 0 MH/SA PR, 1 Other PR

Thursday, January 28, 2021 
Virtual Conference via Live Webcast 

 

8:00 – 8:50      Log in to the webcast via your account at www.iicle.com  

8:50 – 9:00       Welcoming Announcements 

9:00 – 9:45        Tell Me Everything…Post-Death Information Gathering, Marshalling Assets, Settling Liabilities and Unraveling the Decedent’s Life Without Holding a Séance 
Sifting through a decedent’s life story can feel like a daunting task.  However, one of the primary roles in an estate administration is untangling those threads to locate assets, titling, and gifting.  Without the help of the decedent, it may feel a bit like paranormal magic.  More often, it is sifting through the dusty paperwork in the closet and combing through the drawers.  We will cover practical issues such as how to identify and locate the most pertinent documents, marshal and value assets, and identify liabilities and issues with resolving debts.   
Tabitha Edmonson, Northern TrustChicago 
Adam Novak, Northern Trust, Chicago 

9:45 – 10:30    Claims and Contested Matters in Probate and Under the New Illinois Trust Code 
Whether it is disgruntled family members or lingering creditors, many unresolved challenges may interrupt the timely completion of probate or trust administration. The Illinois Probate Act and the new Illinois Trust Code provide tools that can assist in the ultimate resolution of conflicts, including judicial intervention, settlement agreements, removal of fiduciaries, and document modification among many others. We will discuss how to respond to and how to resolve disputes in probate and trust administrations. 
Elizabeth A. McKillip, Levin Schreder Carey, Ltd., Lisle and Chicago 

10:30 – 10:45     Break 

10:45 – 11:45      Who You Gonna Call? Communication with Beneficiaries and other Interested Parties in Post-Death Administration 
(1.0 Professional Responsibility) 
Communication with clients not only helps to avoid malpractice complaints, but it is an essential element of estate administration.  Few individuals are well versed in what it takes to administer an estate and therefore maintaining open lines of communication ensures the process goes smoothly and your clients better understand duties and critical timeframes. 
Louise Barrett, Northern TrustChicago 

11:45 – 12:30     There are No Guarantees in Life Except Death and Taxes: An Overview of Post-Death Tax Liability 
The post-death tax landscape can be thorny.  This presentation will provide a broad overview of personal income tax, fiduciary income tax, and estate and GST transfer tax and how each of these taxes are related. 
Adam S. Garber, Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, Chicago  
Steven L. Kriz, Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, Chicago 

12:30 – 1:15       Lunch break 

1:15 – 2:00         It’s the Tangible Personal Property, Stupid!: 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. This presentation will 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. 
Fredrick B. Weber, Northern TrustChicago 

2:00 – 2:45            Real Property, Closely Held Business Interests and Special Assets 
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. 
Maximillienne Elliott, The Law Offices of Max Elliott, Ltd., Chicago 

2:45 – 3:00          Break  

3:00– 3:45            Completing the Picture: A Discussion of Assets that Pass Outside of Estates and Trusts 
Understand the post-death administration of transfer-on-death assets, life insurance, retirement plan assets, and JTWROS assets with a focus on thorny situations complicating the administration and transfer of these assets.   
Hallie Ritzu, McDermott Will & EmeryChicago 
Jane Zhao, McDermott Will & Emery, Chicago 

3:45 – 4:30            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. 
Michael T. Wycklendt, Reed Smith LLP, Chicago 

4:30             Adjourn 


BONUS E-LEARN SESSION (access it through your online IICLE® account at your convenience after the program and earn an additional 0.5 hours of MCLE credit)

Assembling Your Squad: Working with Advisors in the Settlement Process

Post-Death administration requires hiring and coordinating with a host of specialists, including but not limited to accountants and appraisers. As the Executor or attorney for the Executor, you will need to get these folks involved quickly. The first part of this session will focus on how to plan your work with these professionals. The second part of the session will explore working with an investment professional, with a particular focus on how to manage investments during the post-death period.
Joel A. Schoenmeyer, BMO Private Bank, Chicago

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Thursday, January 28, 2021 
Virtual Conference via Live Webcast 

 

8:00 – 8:50      Log in to the webcast via your account at www.iicle.com  

8:50 – 9:00       Welcoming Announcements 

9:00 – 9:45        Tell Me Everything…Post-Death Information Gathering, Marshalling Assets, Settling Liabilities and Unraveling the Decedent’s Life Without Holding a Séance 
Sifting through a decedent’s life story can feel like a daunting task.  However, one of the primary roles in an estate administration is untangling those threads to locate assets, titling, and gifting.  Without the help of the decedent, it may feel a bit like paranormal magic.  More often, it is sifting through the dusty paperwork in the closet and combing through the drawers.  We will cover practical issues such as how to identify and locate the most pertinent documents, marshal and value assets, and identify liabilities and issues with resolving debts.   
Tabitha Edmonson, Northern TrustChicago 
Adam Novak, Northern Trust, Chicago 

9:45 – 10:30    Claims and Contested Matters in Probate and Under the New Illinois Trust Code 
Whether it is disgruntled family members or lingering creditors, many unresolved challenges may interrupt the timely completion of probate or trust administration. The Illinois Probate Act and the new Illinois Trust Code provide tools that can assist in the ultimate resolution of conflicts, including judicial intervention, settlement agreements, removal of fiduciaries, and document modification among many others. We will discuss how to respond to and how to resolve disputes in probate and trust administrations. 
Elizabeth A. McKillip, Levin Schreder Carey, Ltd., Lisle and Chicago 

10:30 – 10:45     Break 

10:45 – 11:45      Who You Gonna Call? Communication with Beneficiaries and other Interested Parties in Post-Death Administration 
(1.0 Professional Responsibility) 
Communication with clients not only helps to avoid malpractice complaints, but it is an essential element of estate administration.  Few individuals are well versed in what it takes to administer an estate and therefore maintaining open lines of communication ensures the process goes smoothly and your clients better understand duties and critical timeframes. 
Louise Barrett, Northern TrustChicago 

11:45 – 12:30     There are No Guarantees in Life Except Death and Taxes: An Overview of Post-Death Tax Liability 
The post-death tax landscape can be thorny.  This presentation will provide a broad overview of personal income tax, fiduciary income tax, and estate and GST transfer tax and how each of these taxes are related. 
Adam S. Garber, Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, Chicago  
Steven L. Kriz, Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, Chicago 

12:30 – 1:15       Lunch break 

1:15 – 2:00         It’s the Tangible Personal Property, Stupid!: 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. This presentation will 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. 
Fredrick B. Weber, Northern TrustChicago 

2:00 – 2:45            Real Property, Closely Held Business Interests and Special Assets 
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. 
Maximillienne Elliott, The Law Offices of Max Elliott, Ltd., Chicago 

2:45 – 3:00          Break  

3:00– 3:45            Completing the Picture: A Discussion of Assets that Pass Outside of Estates and Trusts 
Understand the post-death administration of transfer-on-death assets, life insurance, retirement plan assets, and JTWROS assets with a focus on thorny situations complicating the administration and transfer of these assets.   
Hallie Ritzu, McDermott Will & EmeryChicago 
Jane Zhao, McDermott Will & Emery, Chicago 

3:45 – 4:30            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. 
Michael T. Wycklendt, Reed Smith LLP, Chicago 

4:30             Adjourn 


BONUS E-LEARN SESSION (access it through your online IICLE® account at your convenience after the program and earn an additional 0.5 hours of MCLE credit)

Assembling Your Squad: Working with Advisors in the Settlement Process

Post-Death administration requires hiring and coordinating with a host of specialists, including but not limited to accountants and appraisers. As the Executor or attorney for the Executor, you will need to get these folks involved quickly. The first part of this session will focus on how to plan your work with these professionals. The second part of the session will explore working with an investment professional, with a particular focus on how to manage investments during the post-death period.
Joel A. Schoenmeyer, BMO Private Bank, Chicago

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