Patagonia Purpose Trusts
The founder of Patagonia clothing transferred $3B of stock to a Purpose Trust. What is a Purpose Trust and how does it meet Patagonia’s corporate objectives?
Tips for Joint Representation of Spouses: Part 2 of 2
Podcast two of joint representation offers four more tips for lawyers and the red flags to watch out for as they ensure both spouses are represented equally.
Tips for Joint Representation of Spouses: Engagement Letters (Pt. 1 of 2)
Four tips practitioners need to keep in mind when providing joint representation to spouses and where to find sample attorney engagement letters.
Non-Grantor Irrevocable Complex Discretionary Spendthrift Trusts
Don’t get fooled by non-grantor irrevocable complex discretionary trust scams. An expert explains warns about questionable trust structures marketed online.
Considerations for U.S. Owners of Canadian Real Property
Guidance for Americans purchasing real property in Canada, including tax traps, LLC and personal ownership considerations, non-resident prohibitions and more.
U.S. Tax Considerations When Buying Property Abroad
Expert guidance and best practices for estate and wealth advisors on tax planning for clients with real or vacation property in a foreign country or abroad.
Hiring, Examining, and Being an Expert Witness
T&E experts offer their advice to lawyers and professionals when retaining an expert witness or determining if you want to be an expert witness in a court proceeding.
Summary of Hot Trust & Estate Topics from 2022 and Early 2023
Estate planning experts review recent T&E cases, IRS rulings, SECURE Act 2.0, DAF and CRT cautions, and other recent developments impacting estate planners.
Civil Law Concepts in American Family and Inheritance Laws
A law professor shares ways civil and common law systems have influenced each other, particularly in matters relating to adoption, family and inheritance laws.
Supreme Court Rules on Bittner v. United States
Supreme Court ruling in Bittner v. United States, with input from ACTEC’s amicus brief, regarding the Bank Secrecy Act and Foreign Bank Account Reporting.
Lessons From Lisa Marie Presley’s Estate: Why Use a Corporate Trustee
Drama in the Estate of Lisa Marie Presley may be due to the absence of a corporate trustee. Understand the benefits of using an experienced corporate trustee.
Relief for S Corporation Mishaps
Expert tax advice on the relief provided in IRS Revenue Rulings for S Corporation to address mistakes and mess-ups in tax filing or ownership restrictions.
The Importance of Treating Life Insurance as an Asset and Maximizing Value
Life insurance may be a client’s most valuable asset. Understand how to identify a policy’s value and sell it for other estate needs instead of letting it lapse.
The Separate Shares Rules and Their Nuances
An explanation of how and when separate share rules and the nuances involved with Income in Respect to the Decedent, IRD, and S Corporation stock.
Income Taxation of Joint Revocable Trusts
An estate expert explains the options and complexity for the surviving spouse in a joint revocable trust following the death of the other spouse.
Witness Depositions of Valuation Experts
An expert shares best practices for T&E attorneys when preparing for a valuation, taking the deposition, and defending the witness.
Corporate Transparency: US Joins the Rest of The World
Update on Corporate Transparency Act final regulations: experts explain requirements by the reporting company, beneficial owner, and applicants.
Understanding and Managing the Rights of Lifetime Creditors Following Death
Estate planning attorneys discuss differences in legal traditions and post-mortem rules with creditors, probate, and trust administrations in different states.
Considerations in the Possible Liquidation of a Closely Held Entity and Other Alternatives (Pt. 4 of 4)
The final part of the Closely Held Entities series explores potential liquidation, including audit, valuation and tax issues, and where it may make sense not to liquidate.
The Administration of a Closely Held Entity (Pt. 3 of 4)
In part 3 of Closely Held Entities, estate planners examine critical issues as well as discuss conducting a lifetime stress test for those entities.
Formation of a Closely Held Entity (Part 2 of 4)
With part 2 of the Closely Held Entities, ACTEC’s trust and estate experts dig a bit deeper into issues of the formation of LLCs and limited partnerships.
An Illuminating Look at Closely Held Entities: Series Overview (Pt. 1 of 4)
Trust and estate experts introduce a 4-part podcast series on the main phases of the closely held entity: formation, administration, and possible liquidation.
Moving Your Firm to the Cloud
Lawyers share tips for planning and successfully moving your firm’s data and software to a cloud solution. Understand the benefits and risks in this podcast.
Supporting and Mentoring Female Estate Planning Attorneys
An experienced mentor and estate planning attorney offer tips on work-life balance, mentorship, and supporting women in trust and estate law.
Work-Life Balance: Recommendations for Attorneys
An attorney shares his recommendations for work-life balance and tips for setting boundaries, reducing stress, and setting an example for younger employees.
What You Need to Know About Authenticating Cross-Border Documents and the Importance of Electronic Apostilles (e-APP)
International estate planning experts explain ACTEC’s support of electronic apostilles, e-APPs, and the importance of apostilles to the trusts and estates practice.
Top 10 Recommendations for Planning Retirement Benefits under the SECURE Act
Planning for retirement benefits under the SECURE Act is complicated. Hear the top ten recommendations from a trust and estate expert when planning distributions.
ACTEC’s Comments on Section 2053 – Proposed Estate Tax Regulations
ACTEC comments on proposed regulations under IRS Code Section 2053, and the effects on estates seeking to deduct funeral and administrative expenses and loans.
ACTEC’s Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Alexandru Bittner v. United States
Understand the Foreign Bank and Financial Account Report, FBAR, issues under review at the Supreme Court in Bittner v. United States and ACTEC’s amicus brief.
The Corporate Transparency Act: The Clock Has Started
Learn what estate planners need to know about reporting requirements of the Corporate Transparency Act from FinCEN’s final rules issued on September 29, 2022.
Unconscionability of Premarital Agreements – Pt 2 of 2
An estate lawyer explores case disputes of premarital agreements, aka post-nuptial agreements, based on unconscionability under the Uniform Premarital Act.
Unconscionability of Premarital Agreements – Pt 1 of 2
An estate lawyer explains the Uniform Premarital Act and the limitations of premarital agreements, aka post-nuptial agreements, based on unconscionability.
When to Pursue a Trust Reformation Action, Thoughts in a UTC State
Understand ways to amend an irrevocable trust under the Uniform Trust Code (UTC), including a decanting transaction from a trust and estate expert.
Understanding Funding Agreements
Learn key elements that should be included in funding agreements including five essential recommendations to help them stand up to court scrutiny.
Migrating Clients from Common Law to Community Property States (and Vice-Versa)
Hear guidance for clients moving from a common law to a community property state, how to avoid common mistakes, and differences between community property states.
Cryptocurrency in Retirement Accounts
Can retirement accounts hold cryptocurrency? Guidance on what’s allowed, the legal uncertainties, risks and benefits of cryptocurrency in IRA and 401k accounts.
IRS Proposes Mortality Assumptions Update for Section 7520
Updated IRS mortality assumptions have arrived. An overview of the updated tables, how the numbers work, and actions to consider before regulations become final.
Paying and Reducing Estate Tax with a Graegin Loan
What is a Graegin loan? Learn how to use a Graegin loan to pay for and reduce estate tax when interest rates are high, and how to avoid Graegin loan missteps.
Estate Planning Opportunities in a Time of Rising Interest Rates
A trust and estate expert shares insights on opportunities available for planners and their clients during the current rising interest rate environment.
The Intersection of S Corps., ESBTs, California Tax and Beer
When it comes to trust planning, ESBTs, and S Corps, sometimes you can do everything right and still be subject to California Entity Tax.
Conflicts of Interest When Representing Fiduciaries
Tips for estate planners to avoid and understand potential conflicts of interest that can arise in representing fiduciaries.
Electronic Will Legislation in the US
A trust and estate expert advises extreme caution when using an e-will or electronic will. Understand why in this podcast.
Removal of Trustees
How do you remove a trustee? A review of what to expect, the standard of proof, grounds and the role of equity court determinations.
Navigating the Choppy Waters of Cross-Border Estate Administration
One will or two? The impacts of forced heirship on assets in civil law jurisdictions and benefits of EU Succession Regulation in cross-border estate planning.
An Update on Asset Protection Cases Where Lawyers Overstepped Their Boundaries
Overstepping boundaries in asset protection exposes practitioners to civil, professional, misdemeanor, and even criminal RICO liabilities.
The Calling of the Counselor in Counseling Families – Part 3 of 3
The conclusion of the 2022 Trachtman Memorial Lecture by Ron Aucutt, where he shares his wisdom and offers closing thoughts for estate counselors.
The Calling of the Counselor in Counseling Families – Part 2 of 3
Ron Aucutt shares his recommendations to trust and estate professionals on how to help clients nourish their family legacies in Part 2 of 3 of the Trachtman Lecture.
The Calling of the Counselor in Counseling Families – Part 1 of 3
Part 1 of 3 of 2022 Trachtman Memorial Lecture by Ron Aucutt, encouraging practitioners to help clients identify and build a legacy of shared family values.
The Calling of the Counselor in Counseling Families: Overview
A synopsis of the 2022 Trachtman Memorial Lecture by Ronald D. Aucutt, where he encourages practitioners and shares strategies to help clients identify and build a legacy.
The Accidental Private Foundation – Non-Exempt Charitable Trusts Under Section 4947
Trusts used for exclusively charitable purposes may be subject to the Private Foundation Rules. Understand how to avoid the tax consequences of IRS section 4947.
An Introduction to the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA)
An overview of how wealth planners and T&E practitioners can comply with the proposed anti-money laundering rules of the Corporate Transparency Act.
2022 Hot Topics in Trust and Estate Law
An overview of proposed regulations to the SECURE Act, and the critical T&E tax court cases of Levin, Smaldino, and Connolly.
The Law, Professional Responsibility and the Future of T&E
Celebrating 200 podcasts, two ACTEC leaders discuss issues and forces shaping the future of the practice and the ability of practitioners to impact lives.
The Future of Digital Assets and the Dollar
The foundation of the global financial order is set for significant changes as demand for digital assets and cryptocurrencies upsets governments’ reliance on the dollar.
Mistakes Made in Premarital Agreements by Estate Planning and Family Law Lawyers
Estate planning and family law attorneys share what to be aware of and some pitfalls when drafting premarital agreements and prenups.
California Tax Trap and Residency for Trusts
Words of caution for trust fiduciaries, beneficiaries and residents; CA has liberal definitions of who is considered a resident and subjected to tax on trusts.
Understanding Rights of Publicity or Name, Image, Likeness (NIL)
An overview of publicity rights, property rights, name, image, likeness (NIL) and how they differ by states.
ACTEC Law Journal: Dedicated to Trust and Estate Topics for Nearly 50 Years
ACTEC Law Journal Editor shares insights on the publication process, the contributions of the student editors, and the importance of the journal to T&E law.
Estate Planning for Principals of Private Equity and Hedge Funds
Recommendations for what principals of investment strategies and what to keep in mind regarding carried interest of private equity and hedge funds.
Advising Transgender Clients on Estate Planning and Vital Records
“Advising Transgender Clients on Estate Planning and Vital Records,” that’s the subject of today's ACTEC Trust and Estate Talk. Transcript/Show Notes This is Natalie Perry, ACTEC Fellow from Chicago, Illinois. Transgender, or trans, people may decide to change their...
Estate Planning Excellence: The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
An overview of ACTEC’s resources for professionals and how it impacts the legal profession, legislation and the law by Past-President John A. Terrill II.
Top Estate Planning and Estate Tax Developments of 2021
ACTEC Fellow Ronald Aucutt shares his 2021 top estate planning developments and what estate planners should be aware of regarding tax changes and court decisions.
Dealing with Unwanted Irrevocable Trusts and Basis Issues
“Dealing with Unwanted Irrevocable Trusts and Basis Issues,” that’s the subject of today’s ACTEC Trust and Estate Talk. Transcript/Show Notes This is Travis Hayes, ACTEC Fellow from Naples, Florida. There has been an increase in the use of irrevocable trusts and the...
Uniform Electronic Transactions Act and Recent Developments
Expert lawyers discuss the use of electronic signatures and remote notarization in recent Pennsylvania decisions affecting its legal use in wills and documents.
Understanding Serious Mistakes and Planning Implications in the Smaldino Tax Court Case
Estate lawyers discuss the Smaldino Tax Court ruling, T.C. Memo 2021-127, and the mistakes made in the transactions, as well as the estate planning implications.
The SECURE Act and Retirement Account Planning Opportunities
A T&E expert offers an overview of the SECURE Act and what has changed once enacted with retirement account planning and trust beneficiaries.
A Discussion of Chief Counsel Advice 202152018 and its Effect on the Administration of GRATs
Trust and estates experts discuss recent IRS Chief Counsel Advice’s impact on difficult to value assets in Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRAT).
The Mysteries and Misunderstandings Related to Code Section 678
A trust and estate expert explains the complexities and ins and outs of IRS Code Section 678, beneficiary defective inheritor trusts BDITs, and beneficiary deemed owner trusts BDOTs.
Adultery Penalties in Premarital Agreements
Does infidelity void a premarital agreement? A law professor discusses adultery provisions, infidelity clauses, and no-fault divorce as public policy.
Spousal Support Provisions in Premarital Agreements
An explanation and examples of spousal support in premarital agreements, especially helpful in states that litigate fault in divorce and tie it to alimony.
Conflict of Laws and Relation-Back of Powers of Appointment
ABA RPT Law Journal author offers an overview on new article “Conflicts of Laws and the Transitivity of the ‘Relation-back’ of Special Powers of Appointment.”
The Interplay Between Trust Accounting and Statute of Limitations
Litigation can be costly. Understand the special considerations attorneys should be aware of when reviewing trust accounting to avoid litigation.
The Basics of the Estate Administration Exception to Avoid Self-Dealing Prohibitions
A review of the rules, probate and estate administration exceptions to avoid issues regarding self-dealing transactions between a foundation and a donor.
An Update on NFTs – Non-fungible Tokens
An overview of non-fungible tokens, NFT, for estate planning professionals including creation, management, and protection.
An Overview of Tennessee Trust Law
A review of changes to Tennessee trust laws that make the state a desirable trust jurisdiction, streamlined trust statutes, and made it difficult for creditors.
Uses of Exculpatory Clauses in Wills and Trusts
An overview of the uses of exculpatory clauses in estate planning, enforceability under state law and advice for litigators.
Traps Await for Beneficiary-Owned Trusts Under Section 678
“Traps Await for Beneficiary-Owned Trusts Under Section 678,” that’s the subject of today’s ACTEC Trust and Estate Talk. Transcript/Show Notes This is Travis Hayes, ACTEC Fellow from Naples, Florida. There are some great planning strategies using beneficiary-owned...
Closely Held Business, Tiered Entities and Proposed Revisions to Section 6166
ACTEC proposes a major update to a 40-year-old IRS Code 6166 that provides estate tax deferral for family businesses but has aged poorly.
Don’t Guess and Make a Mess with QSBS
Expert discusses proposed legislation that retroactively takes aim at the tax benefits of QSBS and offers estate planning suggestions to prepare.
Exempt Status of Retirement Plan Distributions
Florida lawyers discuss strategies for preserving inherited retirement plan assets and address uncertainties related to state laws and the SECURE Act.
An Analysis of Wyoming Asset Protection Provisions
A review of asset protection code in Wyoming, Wyoming’s Uniform Trust Code, and how it compares to other states.
Creditors’ Rights vs. Trustees’ Protections
Laws governing creditor rights vary from state to state. Understand the differences in trust provisions and corresponding effects against creditor claims.
Estate Planning for Special Purpose Acquisition Company Founders
Insights into Special Purpose Acquisition Company, SPAC, estate planning opportunities for founders, their capital structures, valuation and more.
Lessons From the Tax Court Decision in the Estate of Michael Jackson
Understanding the tax court’s decision in the Estate of Michael Jackson and postmortem right of publicity.
Migrating a Law Firm’s Software and Data to the Cloud
Practical advice from a tech-savvy lawyer for law firms migrating software and data to a cloud server.
Electronic Wills and Remote Execution
An update on electronic wills, remote witnessing, and notarization legislation in Illinois. The act became law on July 26, 2021.
Non-Fungible Tokens: What Every Estate Planner Needs to Know
An overview of NFTs, non-fungible tokens, how they work and what do estate planning professionals need to know.
Cryptocurrency Regulation and Qualified Custody
Experts discuss what trustees and fiduciaries need to know regarding cryptocurrency regulation.
Proving a Will in the Age of COVID
The COVID pandemic caused many states to accelerate their laws regarding electronic wills. Learn what’s working and what’s not.
Modernizing Section 6166
“Modernizing Section 6166,” that’s the subject of today’s ACTEC Trust and Estate Talk. Transcript/Show Notes This is Stacy Singer, an ACTEC Fellow from Chicago. ACTEC’s Tax Policy Study Committee has submitted to Congress a proposal regarding revision to Internal...
Taxes Emerging in Europe to Pay the Cost of COVID
“Taxes Emerging in Europe to Pay the Costs of COVID,” that’s the subject of today’s ACTEC Trust and Estate Talk. Transcript/Show Notes This is Doug Stanley, ACTEC Fellow from St. Louis, Missouri. During the COVID pandemic in many jurisdictions in Europe, there had...
Economic Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants
Co-chair of the ULC’s Cohabitants Economic Remedies Act Committee explains the importance of having laws concerning the economic rights of unmarried cohabitants.
Voidable Transfers in Self-Settled Spendthrift Trusts
An overview of Self-Settled Spendthrift Trust statutes of limitations and review of Wyoming’s legislation, House Bill 64.
Joint Representations with Prenuptial Agreements
Does joint representation during a prenuptial agreement violate professional rules of conduct? Professor Carter reviews Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements.
A general overview of supported decision-making, update on progress around the world and in the US, particularly in New York State.
Using Multiple Non-Grantor Trusts for Multiple Tax Benefits
Five reasons why tax and estate attorneys might want to recommend multiple non-grantor trusts for tax benefits for their clients.
Protecting Your Attorney’s Fees to Benefit Your Client and Yourself
A presentation of how to discuss legal fees and expenses during trust and estate litigation and guidance from courts on the matter.
Protecting Yourself and your Clients from Cyberattack
Tips for wealth managers to share with clients to prevent cybercrime and identity theft, from a former FBI cybersecurity agent.
An Update of Qualified Opportunity Funds and Zones
Summary of IRS guidance issued due to COVID-19, Notice 2021-10, to qualified opportunity funds investors and qualified opportunity fund zones.
Defined Value Purchase Agreements
Advice to help your business clients transfer their business interests using a defined purchase agreement.