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The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Foundation is a nonprofit focused on providing trust, estate and tax learning for professionals, families and law students.

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Our professional education and resources offer valuable information for lawyers and financial services professionals.

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Our ACTEC Fellows help explain to families some of the basics of wills, estate planning, and guardianship.

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Our commitment to funding legal education initiatives for law students, including the Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition.

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What’s in Your Creditor Protection Toolbox for Clients?

There are many tools available to planners to help them achieve client creditors’ protection objectives without the need for a self-settled asset protection trust. Hear ACTEC Fellows discuss asset-protection strategies such as Tenancy by the Entirety, asset protection trusts, discretionary trusts, and more.

The Dennis I. Belcher Young Leaders Program Class of 2017 – 2019

The 2017-2019 ACTEC Young Leaders The Dennis I. Belcher Young Leaders Program was developed to foster scholarship and education in trusts and estates, promote diversity and inclusivity, and encourage the development of potential ACTEC Fellows. In March 2018, the...

Hot Topics in Estate Planning

“Hot Topics in Estate Planning.” That’s the subject of today’s ACTEC Trust and Estate Talk. Transcript/Show Notes This is Margaret Van Houten, ACTEC Fellow from Des Moines, Iowa. Today, ACTEC Fellows Turney Berry of Louisville, Kentucky, and Kim Cohen of Boston,...


ACTEC Foundation

The ACTEC Foundation is a nonprofit that offers education to families and professionals and supports students interested in the trust and estate area of the law.

Our mission is to support scholarships to improve the law and by encouraging life-long learning. Our Fellows engage through programs which serve the community.

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The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Foundation was created in 1982 to support life-long learning in the areas of trust, estate, tax, and estate planning. Our Fellows are the best and brightest in the estate field, and generously share their expertise with the public.

Since 2008, nearly a million dollars in grants have been distributed.