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Trusts: Top Challenges

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May, 2018

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Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • IL CLE - 6.50
From Event: Trusts: Top Challenges, held May 2018.

Program Description

We've asked professionals across the nation what they consider to be the top troubling and frustrating challenges in trusts practice. The responses were compiled, and this guide was created to take you through the list of problematic items most often encountered. Learn what roadblocks to expect with common trusts used in estate planning and asset protection, and get practical solutions to top challenges. Don't let problems get in the way of ensuring effective and tax-efficient wealth transfers. Order today!

Course Content

  1. Trust Basics and Choice of Trust Dilemmas
  2. Revocable Living Trust Problems
  3. Preventing Troubling Tax Consequences of Trusts
  4. Top Roadblocks in Using Trusts for Tax Reduction
  5. Grantor Trust Malfunctions and Fixes
  6. Challenges in Planning for the Disabled
  7. Ethical Dilemmas in Trusts and Estates Practice
  8. Trust Administration Hurdles

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.50 IL - Credit Approval Expiration 05/10/2020 *

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

    8:30 - 9:45, Morris R. Saunders
    1. Main Terms, Major Laws Governing Trusts
    2. Misunderstandings Over Duties and Responsibilities of Parties to a Trust
    3. Misunderstanding Why the Trust is Needed and its Implications (Loss of Control, Administration Fees, Taxes, etc.)
    4. Deciding Which Type of Trust to Use
    9:45 - 10:30, Morris R. Saunders
    1. Failure to Ensure Creditor Protection (Inadvertent Retention of Grantor Control)
    2. Top Three Ways RLTs Can Go off the Rails
    3. Credit Shelter Trusts - Sticky Trust Provisions and Techniques
    4. Marital Deduction Trusts: Does the Trust Need to Be Restated After a Spouse(s) Death?
    5. Qualified Terminable Interest Trust (QTIP) Troubles
    6. Fixing the Problems of Stock Trust Language
    7. Clients Not Funding the Trust After it's Drafted
    10:45 - 11:30, Cary R. Rosenthal
    1. On Contributions
    2. On Distributions
    3. On Accumulated Income
    12:30 - 1:30, Anthony J. Madonia
    1. Changes in Tax Laws
    2. Who is to Pay the Income Tax and How? And Other Tough Income Tax Questions
    3. Challenges in Using Charitable Remainder Trusts
    4. Qualified Domestic Trusts: What Can Go Wrong?
    5. Sticky Defective Trust Provisions
    6. Confusion Regarding Education Trusts for Children and Grandchildren
    7. Funding the Trust: Top Oversights and Their Consequences
    1:30 - 2:15, Frederick E. Roth
    1. Zeroing in on the True Need for and Goal of the Trust
    2. Choosing the Right Type of Grantor Trust
    3. What Can Go Wrong With Grantor Trust Status Toggling
    4. Problems in Using the Asset Substitution Power
    5. Drafting Challenges and Sample Trust Language
    6. Ensuring the Tax Goals of the Trust are Accomplished
    2:30 - 3:00, Mollie A. Whitehead
    1. Third Party Special Needs Trusts
    2. First Party Special Needs Trusts
    3. Planning for the Disabled Spouse
    4. Considerations for Medicaid Eligibility vs. SSI Eligibility
    3:00 - 4:00, Mollie A. Whitehead
    1. Who is Your Client?
    2. Protecting Client Confidentiality
    3. Attorneys Fees
    4. Malpractice Liability Risks
    5. Clients with Diminishing Capacity
    4:00 - 4:40, Cary R. Rosenthal
    1. Lack of Definitive Terms in the Trust Agreement as They Apply to Particular Parties
    2. Generic Trusts Not Custom-Tailored to the Grantor's/Beneficiary's Unique Circumstances
    3. Trustee Problems
      1. Don't Understand Their Operating Constraints
      2. Treat the Trust as an Unlimited Source of Compensation for Themselves
    4. Fixing Improper Trust Funding
    5. Getting Banks and Other Financial Institutions to Honor the Trust
    6. Conflicts Between Trustees and Beneficiaries

ANTHONY J. MADONIA is an attorney and certified public accountant who concentrates in the areas of estate planning and administration, business strategy and planning, wealth counseling, corporate law, and taxation. Mr. Madonia founded Anthony J. Madonia & Associates, Ltd. with a vision of creating a service-oriented, hands-on practice where clients receive comprehensive support and expedient attention. He is known as a valuable business and tax resource; helping privately-held firms, and the families and individuals they support, preserve wealth. In addition to leading the firm, he is an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School in Chicago; where he teaches estate and trusts, and estate planning and drafting. Mr. Madonia is a member of the American Bar Association and American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants. He earned his B.A. degree in accounting from the University of Illinois and his J.D. degree from John Marshall Law School while practicing as a senior tax accountant.

CARY R. ROSENTHAL is a sole practitioner in Chicago, where he practices in the areas of estate planning and taxation. Mr. Rosenthal has lectured on the subjects of estate planning, probate and taxation and wrote an article published in the January-February issue of the Complete Lawyer, "7 Steps to Nanny Tax Compliance." He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and his J.D. degree from Washington University at St. Louis School of Law. Mr. Rosenthal is a member of the Chicago (Corporation and Federal Taxation, Trust Law, and Asset Protection committees), Illinois State and Northwest Suburban bar associations.

FREDERICK E. ROTH is an attorney with the Roth Law Firm of Naperville, Illinois, where he concentrates his law practice in business and estate litigation, and business transactions. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Illinois and his J.D. degree from The John Marshall Law School of Chicago, Illinois.

MORRIS R. SAUNDERS is a partner in the Chicago law firm of Levin & Ginsburg Ltd. He concentrates his practice in the areas of wealth management, asset protection, estate planning, business planning and taxation law, real estate, ownership and management succession, and deferred compensation. Mr. Saunders also deals extensively in business succession and in the negotiation and preparation of commercial real estate and equipment leases and other business agreements. He is a member of the Chicago Estate Planning Counsel and the Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Saunders has spoken to various professional and community groups about estate planning, trusts, estates, business succession planning, and deferred compensation. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Virginia; his J.D. degree from The John Marshall Law School; and his LL.M. degree from DePaul University.

MOLLIE A. WHITEHEAD is a partner at WhiteheadFink Elder Law LLC, in Chicago, Illinois. She has been representing clients in the areas of estate planning, probate, guardianships, Medicaid planning, elder law and trust administration for ten years. Ms. Whitehead regularly appears in court hearings for probate and guardianship cases in Cook County Circuit Court, Probate Division. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association (member, Elder Law Committee and Probate Practice Committee), and co-chair of the Serving Our Seniors Committee of the Young Attorney Section of CBA. Ms. Whitehead earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude and with honors, from Illinois Wesleyan University and her J.D. degree from American University, Washington College of Law.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

IL CLE: 6.50 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 6.5 hours of recorded technology CLE credit, which includes approval for 1.0 hour of legal ethics CLE credit by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.

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