• 39 minutes

Estate Planning for the Family Vacation Home: How Is This Asset Different and Why Does It Matter?


A vacation home is not like other assets.

When working with your client to plan their estate and a vacation home is part of the package, it is important to know that this asset is unlike any other. There are many issues to consider about this asset including that is it an illiquid asset, you need to compare marketable securities, it’s not divisible as there is no such thing as half a kitchen, it has ongoing expenses, and you must also consider family dynamics. This video reviews these issues and discusses different scenarios your clients may find themselves faced with.

Runtime: 39 minutes



Russell A. Willis, III, J.D., LL.M.

Russell A. Willis, III, J.D., LL.M.

Planned Gift Design Services

  • Freelance paralegal consultant to advisors for nonprofits and their donors in structuring charitable contributions of closely held business and real property interests to serve the mutual advantage of all parties
  • Manager of noncash research for Charitable Solutions, LLC, a planned gift risk management consulting firm headed by Bryan Clontz
  • Provides legal research and advice on income and transfer tax planning more generally and writes the occasional trial or appellate brief
  • For ten years, was writer and editor for a subscription website that provided daily coverage and in-depth analysis of developments in tax law affecting charitable gift planning
  • Six years ago launched his own newsletter, the Jack Straw Fortnightly
  • Back issues and authored papers posted to
  • Has spoken at several national and regional conferences and to local and regional planned giving roundtables, community foundations, and bar associations
  • J.D. from St. Louis University, LL.M. in taxation law from Washington University in St. Louis, undergraduate degree in English literature from Indiana University Bloomington master’s in Humanities from the University of Chicago
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 314.566.3386

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