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Considerations of Joint vs. Individual Trusts in Marriage

August 12

Learn the pros and cons of creating a joint trust rather than separate trusts for each spouse.

One of the basic questions estate planners must face when advising married couples on the structure of their estate plan is whether to create separate trusts for each spouse, or a joint trust created by both spouses. This is particularly true in community property states. However, joint trusts have grown in popularity in recent years, both among estate planning professionals and their clients. Given this trend, even estate planning attorneys in common law (sometimes called “separate property”) jurisdictions must be prepared to discuss the potential benefits and risks associated with joint trusts when advising clients. This requires familiarity with the basic elements of joint trusts and the possible reasons for preferring a joint trust or separate trusts in any given situation. This topic will discuss the reasons joint trusts have become popular, the possible benefits of creating joint trusts for married clients, and the circumstances in which a joint trust may or may not be appropriate. You will learn the basic structure of a joint revocable trust, and will gain a greater understanding of the elements that should be included for purposes of asset protection, ease of administration, preservation or creation of community property status, as well as estate tax planning. You will also learn the potential tax, family law, and practical issues to consider when deciding whether to recommend a joint trust or separate trusts. This information will focus on issues relating to joint revocable trusts, but will also touch on issues relating to joint irrevocable trusts. Estate planners in community property and common law jurisdictions will benefit from this presentation.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to describe the reasons estate planners may wish to consider recommending joint trusts for clients in some circumstances.
  • You will be able to discuss with clients the pros and cons of creating a joint trust rather than separate trusts for each spouse.
  • You will be able to explain the different elements of a joint revocable trust.
  • You will be able to recognize and consider potential tax-related, practical, and family law issues that may arise with respect to joint trusts.

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Agenda

Why Consider a Joint Trust for Married Clients?
  • Community Property
  • Maintain Tenancy by the Entirety Status
  • Clients Like Them
How Is a Joint Revocable Trust Structured?
  • During the Life of Both Grantors
  • After the First Death – the Survivor's Trust
  • After the First Death – the First Decedent's Property
  • At the Death of the Surviving Spouse
Potential Issues to Consider in Creating a Joint Trust
  • Pot Trust V. Separate Shares During Life (for Revocable Trusts)
  • Who Are the Remainder Beneficiaries?
  • Is the Couple Likely to Divorce?
When Might a Joint Trust Not Be Appropriate?
  • Children From Prior Relationships
  • Marital Disharmony
  • Significant Portion of Property Is Separate
Other Issues to Consider
  • Joint Irrevocable Trusts
  • Issues Relating to Representation
  • Joint Trusts for Unmarried Couples
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OnDemand Course

Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on January 29, 2020.

Call 1-866-352-9540 for further credit information.

  • AK CLE 1.5
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.5 hours of continuing legal education for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.5 hours credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • CT CLE 1.0
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.0 CLE credit(s).
     
  • HI CLE 1.25
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.25 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IL CLE 1.25
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.25 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
     
  • ME CLE 1.0
     
  • This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course shall receive 1.0 hours of CLE credit under M. Bar R. 5.
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Montana Commission of Continuing Legal Education for a total of 1.5 CLE credits.
     
  • ND CLE 1.5
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.5
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this Ondemand course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 86 Minutes.
     
  • NY CLE 1.5 including Areas of Professional Practice 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.5 credit hours in the area(s) of Areas of Professional Practice for 1.50 hours. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for both established and newly admitted attorneys. Lorman Business Center, LLC. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
  • PA CLE 1.0
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • UT CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Utah State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours.
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • This self-study program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hour(s) of CLE credit. Please note: Attorneys may only claim 6 credits per compliance period in this format. This course is considered "Non-Moderated Programming without Interactivity".
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of A/V credit under the Law & Legal Procedure category.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.8 MCLE hours.
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

To earn each credit Lorman offers through the OnDemand learning platform, you need to watch 100% of the program. Also, for certain credits you will need to fulfill additional requirements which will be displayed on the "credits" tab when viewing the course.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • CFP 1.5
     
  • The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. has granted 1.5 hours of continuing education credit. Level of Knowledge: Intermediate.
     
  • AL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.5 hours credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.5 CLE credit(s).
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course shall receive 1.5 hours of CLE credit under M. Bar R. 5.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.5
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 90 Minutes.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.8 hours of total CLE credit.
     
  • NY CLE 1.5 including Areas of Professional Practice 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.5 credit hours in the area(s) of Areas of Professional Practice for 1.50 hours. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for both established and newly admitted attorneys. Lorman Business Center, LLC. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
  • PA CLE 1.5
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of Law & Legal Procedure credit.
     
  • WI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board of Bar Examiners for 1.5 hours for use toward the Wisconsin Mandatory CLE requirement.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.8 MCLE hours.
     
  • CPE 1.8 including Specialized Knowledge 1.8
     
  • Lorman Education Services is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact our offices at 866-352-9539. CPE Credit: Maximum Credit Hours: 1.8 each session (based on a 50 minute credit hour). You must attend at least 50 minutes to obtain credit. Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge for 1.8 hours. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of estate planning. Level of Knowledge: Intermediate. Teaching Method: Seminar/Lecture. Advance Preparation: None. Delivery Method: Group Internet Based. Please refer to the information in this brochure for outline, course content and objectives. Upon completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of attendance. Final approval of a course for CPE credit belongs with each state's regulatory board. Please note: In order to receive CPE credit for this course you MUST use the streaming audio option, as well as enable and complete the required progress checks.
     

Who should attend?

This live webinar is designed for attorneys, paralegals, estate planners, accountants, presidents, vice presidents, tax managers, financial planners, trust administrators and lenders.

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Faculty

Michael L. Graham, Esq.

Michael L. Graham, Esq.

Graham Law Firm P C

  • Chairman and former CEO of InterActive Legal; co-author of InterActive Legal practice systems
  • Attorney at Houser Firm, P.C., in Dallas, TX
  • More than 40 years of experience representing high net worth clients in estate planning and administration
  • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specializa-tion
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Author of numerous articles and frequent presenter on topics relating to estate planning as well as legal technology
  • Graduate, Baylor University and Baylor School of Law
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]
Vanessa L. Kanaga, Esq.

Vanessa L. Kanaga, Esq.

InterActive Legal

  • CEO of InterActive Legal
  • Former associate attorney at Milbank (formerly, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy) and Moses & Singer in New York, and Hinkle Law Firm in Wichita, KS
  • Advanced certificate in estate planning, New York University Law School; certificate in business strategy, Cornell University
  • Author of several articles/blogs on estate planning topics
  • Frequent presenter of online webinars and moderator of InterActive Legal's Roundtable webinar series
  • Graduate, Wichita State University and Cornell Law School
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]
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Product ID: 408946
Published 2020, 2021
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