Audio CD + Course Book

Estate Planning from A to Z

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

April, 2018

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Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • CA CLE - 12.00
From Event: Estate Planning from A to Z, held April 2018.

Program Description

Do you have all the knowledge and skills you need to draft tailored testamentary documents and minimize tax burdens for each of your clients? This comprehensive course will become your ultimate guide to estate planning. From client intake through tax planning and business succession strategies, you will receive tips, sample forms and answers to your most pressing questions to help you excel. Get the latest knowledge on effective will and trust planning techniques - order today!

Course Content


  1. Client Screening and Intake
  2. Key Elements of Effective Wills
  3. Basic Tax Planning
  4. Documenting Long-Term Care, Incapacity and End-of-Life Decisions
  5. Planning for Unmarried and Remarried Couples
  6. Business Succession Planning


  1. Trusts 101
  2. Who is the Fiduciary?
  3. Revocable Living Trusts
  4. Trusts Used for Tax Reduction - Drafting Tips and Samples
  5. Ethical Considerations

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 12.00 CA - Credit Approval Expiration 04/25/2020 *

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered


    9:00 - 10:00, Michelle A. Martin
    1. Clarifying Goals and Forecasting Needs
    2. Assessing Current and Future Assets and Debts
    3. Dealing With Family Dynamics: Past, Present and Future
    4. What to Look for in Reviewing Existing Estate Plans
    5. Sample Info Gathering Forms and Checklists
    6. Determining Your Overall Estate Plan Strategy
      1. for an Estate Not Subject to Estate Tax
      2. for an Estate Potentially Subject to Estate Tax
      3. for an Estate Subject to Estate Tax
    10:00 - 10:45, Michelle A. Martin
    1. Establishing Statutory Framework
    2. Types of Wills
    3. Testator's Competency - Verifying and Documenting
    4. Beneficiary Designations and Distributions in Retirement Plans and Life Insurance
    5. Titling Assets
    6. Sample Will Provisions
    7. Updating Will Documents
    11:00 - 12:00, Woodford G. Rowland
    1. Estate Tax Update
    2. Step-Up Basis of Various Assets
    3. Gift Tax and Exclusions
    4. Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax
    5. Planning for the Final Income Tax Return
    6. Trust Taxation Basics
    7. Disclaimer Trusts
    8. Crummey Powers and the IRS
    9. Typical Creditors and How to Deal With Them
    10. Simple Tips for Minimizing Tax Burden
    11. Tax Treatment of Trusts
    1:00 - 2:00, Paul R. Miller
    1. Medicaid Planning Overview
    2. Long-Term Care Options and Planning in a Nutshell
    3. Special Needs Trusts
    4. Advance Medical Directives
    5. Powers of Attorney
    6. DNR Orders and Organ Donation Considerations
    2:15 - 3:15, Lorilee DeSantis
    1. Conflicts of Interest Arising From Separate Property Versus Community Property
    2. Post-Nuptial Agreements for Married Couples and Pre-Nuptial Agreements for Unmarried Couples
    3. Planning for Children From Prior Relationships
    3:15 - 4:30, Benedict C. Di Duca and Jennifer L. Ellingson
    1. When the Business is Transferred to the Beneficiary in Full
    2. Buy-Sell Agreement Basics
    3. Business Structure Conversion
    4. Minimizing Tax Burden in Transferring Ownership
    5. Business Valuation and Sale
    6. Using Technology


  1. TRUSTS 101
    9:00 - 10:30, Julie R. Woods
    1. Types, Goals and Functions of Trusts
    2. Major Laws Governing Trust Creation and Administration
    3. Who are the Main Parties? Their Duties and Responsibilities to a Trust
    4. Revocable vs. Irrevocable
    5. Choosing Trust Situs
    6. Trust Funding Basics
    10:45 - 12:00, Julie R. Woods
    1. Trustees: Powers and Duties
    2. Helping Clients Pick the Fiduciary or Fiduciaries
    3. Your Contact With the Trustee
    4. Trust Protectors and Advisers
    5. Fiduciary Liability
    1:00 - 2:00, Woodford G. Rowland
    1. Traditional Estate Planning vs. Revocable Trust Planning
    2. Credit Shelter Trusts
    3. Marital Deduction Trusts
    4. Qualified Terminable Interest Trusts (QTIPs)
    5. Drafting Tips and Samples
    6. Common Mistakes to Avoid
    2:00 - 3:15, Eric Gullotta
    1. Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILITs)
    2. Charitable Remainder Trusts
    3. Qualified Domestic Trusts
    4. Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (QPRTs)
    5. Defective Trusts
    6. Education Trusts for Children and Grandchildren
    7. Generation Skipping Trusts
    8. Estate Tax Considerations
    3:30 - 4:30, Paul R. Miller
    1. Defining Who Your Client is From the Start
    2. Handling Clients With Diminishing Mental Capacity
    3. Lawyers Acting as Fiduciaries
    4. Estate Status Updates for Clients - Why it Pays Off and How to do it Efficiently
    5. Practicing Before the IRS
    6. Getting Paid: Billable/Non-Billable Hour and Retainer Agreements
    7. Preventing Unauthorized Practice of Law by Legal Staff

LORILEE DESANTIS is an attorney and counselor at law with DeSantis Law Group where she practices in the areas of family law, estate planning, wills and trusts. Ms. DeSantis received her B.A. degree, with honors (top 4%), from the University of California, Davis and her J.D. degree, highest honors (top 5%), from Golden Gate University School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of California and Sonoma County Bar Association. Ms. DeSantis is admitted to practice in the Superior Courts of California and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

BENEDICT C. DI DUCA is the president of Di Duca Law, PC, and an attorney with more than 30 years of experience in the construction business, during which time he has owned and operated a general building and underground engineering construction company licensed in the states of California and Nevada. His construction company performed work on shopping centers, schools, courtrooms, jails, and other public works projects, including sewage treatment projects and several notable historical restorations. Mr. Di Duca continues to hold both his California A (general engineering contractor) and B (general building contractor) licenses (353428). His practice concentrates on general construction business operations, bidding and contracting practices, construction methods and technology, construction defects, project management and standards, construction claims including delay claims, and critical path delay analysis. Mr. Di Duca is a member of the State Bar of California, admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts, and a certified mediator for the California Court of Appeal. He earned his J.D. degree, with honors, from Cal Northern School of Law.

JENNIFER L. ELLINGSON is an attorney with Di Duca Law, PC. She brings to the firm, and her practice, a performance based approach to the practice of law, with exceptional attention to detail. Ms. Ellingson concentrates her practice in construction law, business law, and litigation. In addition to her concentration in construction and business law, she also engages in cases involving land use, estate planning, and elder law. Ms. Ellingson is a member of the State Bar of California, and admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts. She earned her B.A. degree from Brigham Young University, and her Masters of Legal Studies degree and J.D. degree from Cal Northern School of Law, graduating with honors.

ERIC GULLOTTA is the founder of Gullotta Law Group. Gullotta Law Group focuses on honest and ethical estate planning, trust administration, and probate. Mr. Gullotta received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in economics and accounting. He became a licensed CPA in the state of California after graduating and went on to receive a master’s degree with honors in taxation from Golden Gate University in San Francisco while working full time. Seeing the need for a special combination of education and experience, Mr. Gullotta received his J.D. degree, cum laude, while working and starting a family. After passing the California State Bar, he worked for Sonoma County’s largest law firm, Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller, and Moskowitz. Thereafter, Mr. Gullotta opened his own doors to provide competent, concise and friendly estate planning to residents of Sonoma County.

MICHELLE A. MARTIN is an attorney with Robertson Law Group where she focuses her practice on estate planning and estate administration. Ms. Martin is a certified specialist in estate planning, trust, and probate law. She is also a member of the State Bar of California (Trusts and Estates Section), the Placer County Bar Association, the Sacramento County Bar Association, and the South Placer Estate Planning Council. Ms. Martin earned her B.A. degree from California State University, Sacramento and her J.D. degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

PAUL R. MILLER is a sole practitioner at The Law Office of Paul Miller in Santa Rosa, California, practicing exclusively in estate planning and estate administration law. He served as the director of legal services at the Council on Aging in Santa Rosa from June 2014 to May 2016. He is a member of the State Bar of California. Mr. Miller earned his B.S. degree from the University of California - Davis; his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Empire College School of Law; and he is currently obtaining dual LL.M. degrees in taxation and estate planning at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

WOODFORD G. ROWLAND is a sole practitioner in San Rafael who practices in the areas of taxation, tax controversies, estate planning, probate, trust and estate litigation, and business planning and litigation. Mr. Rowland has been designated a certified specialist in taxation law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the State Bar of California (former chair, Tax Procedure and Litigation Committee), the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Marin County and American bar associations. Mr. Rowland earned his B.B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from The Ohio State University.

JULIE R. WOODS is the probate legal research attorney for the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Contra Costa. Prior to working for the court, her practice focused on litigation and administration of estates, trusts, conservatorships, elder abuse actions, and crossover matters. Ms. Woods has practiced throughout the state of California in matters involving trusts and estates up to, and exceeding, $50 million. Ms. Woods has represented trustees, beneficiaries, heirs, executors, administrators, professional fiduciaries, corporations, conservators, and guardians. In Fall 2017, Ms. Woods was published in the California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, the official publication of the State Bar of California Trusts and Estates Section. Ms. Woods also formerly served on the committee of writers for the case law updates for the Trusts and Estates Section. She enjoys writing and speaking regularly at continuing legal education seminars and events and being active in the legal community. Ms. Woods is recognized as a Rising Stars honoree in Super Lawyers Magazine. She is also recognized as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Northern California by San Francisco Magazine, and previously received the same recognition in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine. Ms. Woods earned two B.A. degrees with emphases from the University of Southern California. She graduated with her J.D. degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

CA CLE: 12.00 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California and may qualify for up to 12.0 hours of self-study credit, of which 1.0 hour will apply to legal ethics self-study credit. NBI, Inc. certifies this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. NBI, Inc. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider - #53.

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