Audio CD + Course Book

Estate Administration From Start to Finish

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

April, 2018

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Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • NH CLE - 6.60
From Event: Estate Administration From Start to Finish, held April 2018.

Program Description

Whether you're new to estate administration or need a basic refresher, you'll receive a comprehensive overview of estate administration, including proper asset valuation and distribution, taxation and procedures for correctly closing the estate. You'll also learn how to correctly deal with thorny estate administration debt issues including jointly held assets, business ownership and complex tax issues. Equip yourself with real-life, practical knowledge to ensure you are fully prepared to handle the entire estate administration process from start to finish - order today!

Course Content

  1. Initial Steps to the Estate Administration Process
  2. Marshalling Assets
  3. Will and Trust Contests
  4. Pretermitted Heir, Creditor Claims, and Inventory & Account Disputes
  5. Complex Issues in Estate Administration
  6. Handling Estate Administration Tax Issues
  7. Distribution and Closing of the Estate
  8. Ethics and Estate Administration

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.60 NH - Credit Approval Expiration 04/18/2021 *

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

    8:30 - 9:15, Lisa J. Bellanti
    1. Understanding the Laws of Intestacy
    2. Sample Estate Administration Checklists, Forms and Required Notices Needed
    3. Interpreting Provisions and Terms of Art Found in Wills
    4. Using Disclaimers Correctly
    9:15 - 10:00, Lisa J. Bellanti
    1. Procedures to Locating and Marshalling Probate and Non-Probate Assets
      1. Safe Deposit Boxes and Bank Accounts
      2. Real Estate
      3. Brokerage Accounts, 401Ks, IRAs, Pensions and Life Insurance Policies
    2. Sample Forms and Documents Needed
    3. Appraisers and Valuing the Property of Probate Estates
    10:15 - 11:00, Ralph F. Holmes
    1. Will and Trust Contests
    2. Power of Attorney and Constructive Trust Claims
    11:00 - 11:50, Ralph F. Holmes
    1. Pretermitted Heir Claims
    2. Creditor Claims and Disputes
    3. Inventory and Account Objections
    11:50 - 12:40, Susanne M. Chisholm
    1. Jointly Held Assets
    2. Spousal Claims
      1. Allowances and Elections Against the Will
    3. Handling Unmarried Couples and Stepchildren
    4. Will Contests, Trust and Estate Disputes
    5. Business Ownership
    6. Agency Problems Involving Guardianships, Conservatorships, Powers of Attorney or Other Agency Relationships
    1:40 - 2:30, Susanne M. Chisholm
    1. Examples of Forms Needed
    2. Federal and State Estate Tax Considerations
    3. Income Tax Issues for the Estate and the Heirs
    4. Resolving Disputes With Taxing Authorities
    5. Deductions and Exemptions
    6. How the Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Affects Your Clients
    7. Tax Deadlines and Handling Extensions
    8. Sales of Real Property
    2:30 - 3:25, Nelson A. Raust
    1. Sample Forms, Agreements and Documents Needed
    2. Proper Transferring and Distribution of Probate and Non-Probate Assets and Timing of Distributions
      1. Real Estate
      2. 401Ks, IRAs, Pensions and Life Insurance Policies
      3. Distribution of Miscellaneous Assets (Automobiles, Jewelry, Etc.)
    3. Distributions in Kind
    4. Distribution to Minors, Surviving Spouse and Trusts
    5. Disposition of Unclaimed Assets
    6. Proper Settlement of the Estate
      1. Formal and Informal Estate Accountings
      2. Choosing the Appropriate Closing Procedure
      3. Compensation and Discharge of the Personal Representative
    3:40 - 4:40, Nelson A. Raust
    1. Breach of Fiduciary Responsibility
    2. Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
    3. Attorney-Client Privilege
    4. Fee Agreements

LISA J. BELLANTI has practiced in Derry, New Hampshire since 1998 in the area of elder law, including estate and trust administration, probate litigation, civil commitments and guardianships. She represents community mental health centers, families and proposed wards in guardianship proceedings. Ms. Bellanti has handled contested and uncontested estate and trust matters, including acting as a court-appointed fiduciary. She earned her B.A. degree at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and her J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law.

SUSANNE M. CHISHOLM is an attorney and shareholder at Lawson Persson & Chisholm, PC, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of probate and estate planning. Ms. Chisholm began her law career working for a Big Six accounting firm before transitioning to private practice. She is admitted to the Connecticut and New Hampshire bars. Ms. Chisholm is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Estate Planning Council. She frequently teaches continuing legal education courses on estate planning and probate topics. Ms. Chisholm received her B.A. degree from the University of Vermont. She received her J.D. degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award and The Little, Brown & Company Awards in trusts and estates.

RALPH F. HOLMES is an attorney with the firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, P.A., where he handles medical malpractice, probate and commercial litigation. He has written numerous articles for the professional legal press on issues of trial practice. Mr. Holmes earned his B.A. degree from Lafayette College and his J.D. degree from Boston College. He is a member of the New Hampshire and the American bar associations, and The American Association for Justice. Mr. Holmes has served as legal counsel to the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and president of the New Hampshire Association for Justice.

NELSON A. RAUST is a director with the law firm of Ransmeier & Spellman P.C., with offices in Concord, New Hampshire and Andover, Massachusetts. Since 1988, Mr. Raust has focused much of his practice on elder law and disability issues, assisting seniors and their families with issues relating to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, guardianships, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Mr. Raust also prepares special needs trusts for families with adult or minor children with special needs. He is a frequent speaker on estate planning, Medicaid planning, special needs trusts and probate issues. He is a member of New Hampshire (Elder Law, Estate Planning and Probate Section) and Manchester bar associations, the New Hampshire Estate Planning Council, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Mr. Raust also is a founding member and incorporator of the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Mr. Raust earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Rochester; his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law; and his LL.M. degree from Boston University School of Law.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

NH CLE: 6.60 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
NHMCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. NBI, Inc. believes this course meets the requirements of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 toward the annual NHMCLE requirement.

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