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Estate Planning Basics

Gain an understanding of what documents are needed for estate planning and how to best help clients through the process.

Estate planning is a process that should be undertaken by nearly every person because if you fail to create your own estate plan, state laws will create one for you (and it may not be the one you want). Therefore, having properly drafted estate planning documents are key. But what is estate planning, and what documents are needed? How can attorneys help clients through the estate planning process? This material will review the various ways of passing property to the desired recipients at death and how to plan for the possibility of becoming incapacitated during lifetime - both of which are part of a good estate plan. We will consider the differences between wills and revocable trusts and when one might be recommended over the other. We will also review various ways of setting up an estate plan to take care of a person's surviving spouse and children. The presenter will discuss the use of trusts to protect property for heirs, naming a guardian in the event one is needed, and possible traps for attorneys who may be new to estate planning. The material will also briefly cover advanced estate planning concepts, such as estate taxation, lifetime gifts, and the related areas of elder law and special needs planning.

62 minutes
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Agenda

What Is Estate Planning?

  • Providing for Property Transfers at Death
  • Planning for Incapacity During Lifetime

Property Transfers at Death

  • Ways Property Can Pass at Death - by Contract, by Operation of Law, by Will
  • Probate, and Why You May Want to Avoid It
  • Wills vs. Revocable Trusts
  • Different Types of Bequests

Incapacity Planning

  • Powers of Attorney
  • Revocable Trusts
  • Health Care Directives and Living Wills

Other Ancillary Documents

  • HIPAA Authorizations
  • Guardian Designations (for Self or Minor Children)
  • Burial Instructions

Advanced Estate Planning

  • Estate Tax Planning
  • Lifetime Gifting and Lifetime Trusts
  • Elder Law and Special Needs Planning
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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 March 17, 2021.

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

  • AK CLE 1.0
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.0 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 1.0
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.0 hours credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.0
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.0 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.0
     
  • 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 1.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.0
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.0 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 1.0
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IL CLE 1.0
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.0 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.
     
  • ND CLE 1.0
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.0 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.0
     
  • 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: 61 Minutes.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.2
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.2 hours of total CLE credit.
     
  • NY CLE 1.0 including Areas of Professional Practice 1
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.0 credit hours in the area(s) of Areas of Professional Practice for 1.00 hour. 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 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.0 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • VT CLE 1.0
     
  • This self-study program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.0 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 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 hours of A/V credit under the Law & Legal Procedure category.
     
  • WI CLE 1.0
     
  • This program qualifies for 1.0 hour(s) of ondemand CLE through the WI Board of Bar Examiners.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.2
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.2 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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  • Arizona CLE 1.0
     
  • CA MCLE 1.0
     
  • CT CLE 1.0
     
  • HI CLE 1.0
     
  • ME CLE 1.0
     
  • NJ CLE 1.2
     
  • NY CLE 1.0 including Areas of Professional Practice 1
     
  • VT CLE 1.0
     
  • WA CLE 1.0
     
  • WV MCLE 1.2
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

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

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Over 34 years and 1.4 million customers worth of experience providing continuing education. Our passion is providing you world-class training to help you succeed in business and as a professional.

Faculty

Teresa L. Bush, Esq.

Teresa L. Bush, Esq.

InterActive Legal

  • More than 30 years of experience in trusts and estates law
  • Director of Education and Support Services for InterActive Legal
  • Former attorney with Kelly, Hart, and Hallman in Fort Worth, Texas, and tax consultant with Ernst & Young
  • Author of several articles/blogs on estate planning topics
  • Frequent presenter of online webinars and training classes, including “Effect of Recent Events on Estate Planning, “Estate Planning Before 2026 (and Beyond) for Married Couples,” “Restructuring Trusts for the New Tax Law: Trusts under the SECURE Act”
  • Graduate, Rice University and University of Texas School of Law
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]
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Published 2021
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