Audio CD + Course Book

Probate Hands-On! - An Interactive Workshop

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

May, 2018

Product ID#:

79414CDRA

Audio + Course Book

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is not available on this program.


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From Event: Probate Hands-On! - An Interactive Workshop, held May 2018.

Program Description

Answer the top questions about the probate process and key decisions involved with this hands-on primer. Review a series of scenarios and exercises so that you come away fully prepared to tackle key probate tasks. Order today!

Course Content

Day 1

  1. Probate Process and Procedure - Clarified
  2. Ensuring Executors Know Their Duties - Case Studies
  3. Wills: Proving Validity, Petitioning and Top Problems
  4. Assets: How to Inventory, Locate, Secure, Value and Manage - With Case Studies
  5. Medicaid Estate Recovery and Exceptions - Case Studies

Day 2

  1. Ethical Considerations in Probate - In Case Studies
  2. Creditor Claim Conundrums
  3. Final Accounting: Everything You Need to Know - Sample Accounting Review and Questions
  4. Tax Deadlines, Preparation, Coordination, Filing Returns
  5. Handling Distributions and Closing the Estate Without a Hitch - Common Scenarios

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit is not available at this time.
For additional questions regarding continuing education credits please contact us at 866-240-1890 or credit@nbi-sems.com.

Agenda / Content Covered

Day 1 - Moderator: Bianca A. Slagle

  1. Probate Process and Procedure - Clarified
    9:00 - 10:10, Andrew Sumerford
    1. Is Probate Necessary? Alternatives, Avoidance, Which Assets Can Pass Outside of Probate
    2. Jurisdiction and Venue Issues
    3. Process and Procedures: Informal vs. Formal
    4. Initial Steps in the Process: Executor Appointment; Taxpayer ID
    5. Sample Forms and Documents
    6. Laws of Intestacy/Heirship; Exceptions
    7. Executor Letter to Beneficiaries
  2. Ensuring Executors Know Their Duties - Case Studies
    10:25 - 11:40, Jessica R. Williams
    1. Informing PR of Duties (w/Sample Forms and Documents)
    2. Exercise: How Would You Help the Executor? 9 Real-World Scenarios
  3. Wills: Proving Validity, Petitioning and Top Problems
    12:40 - 1:55, Lisa M. Dillman and Bianca A. Slagle
    1. State Law, Validity, and Petition to Admit Will to Probate
    2. Exercise #1: Two Common Spousal Election Situations
    3. Exercise #2: Is This Will Valid? Four Common Scenarios
  4. Assets: How to Inventory, Locate, Secure, Value and Manage - With Case Studies
    2:10 - 3:30, Bruce N. Stier
    1. Procedures to Locate and Marshall (Including Sample Documents)
    2. Valuation Methods, Proper Use of Appraisals
    3. Case Study #1: Chattel
    4. Case Study #2: Tenant Trouble
  5. Medicaid Estate Recovery and Exceptions - Case Studies
    3:30 - 4:30, Lisa M. Dillman and Bianca A. Slagle
    1. Case Study #1: Caregiver Exception in Real Life
    2. Case Study #2: Income-Producing Property Exception
    3. Case Study #3: Home Maintenance Expenses Exception
    4. Case Study #4: Small Estates Exception

Day 2 - - Moderator: Bianca A. Slagle

  1. Ethical Considerations in Probate - In Case Studies
    9:00 - 10:00, Regina Holzhausen
    1. Case Study #1: Attorney Fee Agreements
    2. Case Study #2: Protecting Confidentiality
    3. Case Study #3: Financial Abuse of the Elderly and Disabled - Is This Abuse?
    4. Case Study #4: Recognizing Client Capacity
    5. Case Study #5: Attorney Acting as Fiduciary - Fee Questions
  2. Creditor Claim Conundrums
    10:15 - 11:30, Regina Holzhausen
    1. Claim Notice, Priority, Rights and Rejection
    2. Interest on Claims
    3. Why Advertise for Claimants and/or Creditors Even if no Formal Administration?
    4. Scenario #1: Missed Notice
    5. Scenario #2: Priority of Claims
    6. Scenario #3: Negotiating a Claim
  3. Final Accounting: Everything You Need to Know - Sample Accounting Review and Questions
    12:30 - 1:45, Written by Kay M. Sowa. Presented by David D. Deeter.
  4. Tax Deadlines, Preparation, Coordination, Filing Returns
    2:00 - 3:15, Beth W. McIntire
    1. State and Federal Tax Update
    2. Preparing Final Tax Returns: Timeline, Forms and Filing Procedures
    3. Fact Pattern: Completing all the Necessary Tax Forms: Individual and Trust/Estate (Including Schedules C, E, SE, G, E, K-1 and Forms 56 and 1310)
  5. Handling Distributions and Closing the Estate Without a Hitch - Common Scenarios
    3:15 - 4:30, Peter P. Ten Eyck
    1. Distributions and Estate Closing Process - Overview
    2. Case Study #1: Early Distribution - Three Scenarios
    3. Case Study #2: Survivors Request an Intermediary Distribution
    4. Case Study #3: A Distribution Will Create a Tax Conundrum for One of the Beneficiaries
    5. Case Study #4: Obtaining Consent/Waivers for Distributions

DAVID D. DEETER is an attorney with the Indianapolis law firm of Dale & Eke, P.C., where he practices in the areas of estate planning and probate. He has lectured to various professionals on estate planning topics. Mr. Deeter earned his B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame, while attending the University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria, during his sophomore year. He earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis. Mr. Deeter is a member of the Indiana State (Probate and Real Property Section), Indianapolis and American bar associations. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Mr. Deeter is a past president and a board member of the Estate Planning Council of Indianapolis, as well as past president and a board member of the Notre Dame Club of Indianapolis. He is a board certified Indiana trust and estate lawyer certified by the Trust and Estate Specialty Board of the Indiana State Bar Association.

LISA M. DILLMAN is an attorney with Dillman Law Group in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ms. Dillman has been practicing law for more than 20 years, the first ten of which were spent in the courtroom fighting for her clients’ rights. She has taken that advocacy experience into her elder law practice. When several members of her family needed help navigating the long-term care landscape, she was called upon to assist them. She learned first-hand what it was like to be a caregiver, and to obtain Medicaid benefits to offset nursing home costs for her own family. Through this experience, she learned just how important it is for families to rely on a trusted advisor when they are confronted with the uncertainties associated with paying for long-term care and planning for the future. Ms. Dillman’s knowledge with asset reconfiguration planning for eligibility purposes is unmatched. Her experience with the benefits and drawbacks of exempt asset distribution allows her to educate others as to their options. Ms. Dillman earned her B.A. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law.

REGINA HOLZHAUSEN, J.D., C.P.A., C.F.P., is a trust operations manager at MainSource Bank. Previously, she was a trust director for PNC Bank for many years. She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association (member, Probate and Trust Section) and the Indiana State Bar Association (member, Probate and Trust Section). Ms. Holzhausen earned her B.S. degree from the University of the State of New York and her J.D. degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She is a frequent presenter on continuing legal education, including seminars for the Indianapolis Bar Association, Johnson County Bar Association, Elkhart County Bar Association, Allen County Bar Association, ICLEF and law firms.

BETH W. McINTIRE is vice president and manager of the Trust Legal, Tax and Estates Department in the Wealth Management Division of The National Bank of Indianapolis. Ms. McIntire is an attorney and certified public accountant with more than 20 years of experience in estate planning, estate administration and taxation. She began her career as a tax consultant with an international certified public accounting firm and has also practiced law in Indianapolis in the areas of estate planning and administration. Ms. McIntire earned her B.S. degree in accounting from Ball State University and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indianapolis. She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association (Estate Planning and Administration Section); the Indiana State Bar Association (Probate Trust and Real Property Section); and the Estate Planning Council of Indianapolis, of which she is a past president.

BIANCA A. SLAGLE is a paralegal with Dillman Law Group where she assists attorneys with litigation, probate, guardianship and trust administration. Ms. Slagle has experience in the law firm environment as a receptionist, legal assistant and paralegal. She is a member of the Indiana Paralegal Association. Ms. Slagle earned a B.A. degree from Indiana University and an M.A. degree from Indiana University.

BRUCE N. STIER is a member of the law firm of Logan & Stier LLC, in Fort Wayne. His areas of practice include probate law, estate planning, estate administration, personal injury, senior law, and senior care planning. Mr. Stier has presented on behalf of National Business Institute on several occasions in his areas of focus and in the area of probate ethics. He has made presentations to various business and social groups related to estate planning, probate law and senior care issues. Mr. Stier's particular focus has been in presenting in a structured informational manner appropriate standards of geriatric care in terms of placement and services for the disabled/elderly. His practice increasingly focuses on probate related litigation. Mr. Stier is a member of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and the Allen County Bar Association. He earned his B.A. degree from Indiana University and his J.D. degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

ANDREW SUMERFORD is an attorney with Meils Thompson Dietz & Berish, where he practices in the areas of insurance defense, estate planning, probate, family law, construction law, and general civil practice. Mr. Sumerford earned his B.S. degree from Indiana University and his J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association.

PETER P. TEN EYCK is an attorney with Hackman Hulett & Cracraft, LLP, where he assists clients primarily with estate and retirement planning, wills and trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, guardianships, estate and trust administration, inheritance disputes, and estate and trust litigation. Mr. Ten Eyck’s practice also encompasses business formation and succession planning, real estate and personal property matters, and general civil litigation. He earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from DePauw University and his J.D. degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Association. Mr. Ten Eyck has provided pro bono legal services to the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Low Asset Will Program and Ask a Lawyer Program, the Protective Order Pro Bono Project, the Community Development Law Center, and the Heartland Pro Bono Council. He has also represented the Indianapolis and Indiana State bar associations at naturalization ceremonies for new U.S. Citizens.

JESSICA R. WILLIAMS is an attorney with Holwager & Holwager P.C., where she practices in the areas of assisting families with guardianship issues, and estate planning and administration matters. Ms. Williams is admitted to practice in Indiana. She is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Association. Ms. Williams earned her B.S. degree from Indiana State University and her J.D. degree from Indian University McKinney School of Law.

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