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Using Funeral Trusts in Estate Planning

Learn useful estate planning techniques with funeral trusts in mind and how to best advise your clients for the future.

With the ever-changing economy and the aging population, more individuals and couples are seeking information on asset protection as they look toward long-term health care and/or nursing home costs. These costs can wipe out a lifetime of savings if careful advance planning is not considered. Attorneys, financial planners and CPAs are often consulted by clients seeking ways to ensure that their final care and burial expenses are covered by their assets and not left to burden their children. Irrevocable funeral trusts provide a means of setting aside funds for the specific purposes of final arrangements as non-countable assets for the purpose of qualifying for Medicaid. Having this as one of your tools to help clients become Medicaid eligible will increase the value of the services you offer your clients and deepen your understanding of what assets Medicaid will permit individuals to retain to lessen their fears about approaching end of life decisions. This topic will address the permissible amounts, costs covered, and exclusions for each state and will move at a brisk, but interesting pace.

86 minutes
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Agenda

Estate Planning - Why Plan Ahead?

  • Intestacy Laws in General
  • Family Issues
  • Failure to Resolve Title Issues
  • Medicaid
  • Risk Exposure

Funeral Trusts

  • Advantages
  • Compared and Contrasted With Pre-Paid Funeral Plans
  • Medicaid Consequences

Flexibility Aspects of Funeral Trusts

  • Portability
  • Avoids Immediate Decisions
  • Family Choices
  • Funding Sources

Asset Protection

  • Single Pay Premium
  • Look Back Period Avoidance
  • No Annual Trust Fees
  • Tax-Free Income Benefit

Medicaid Lite

  • Special Expertise Not Required
  • Simplicity
  • Permissible Expenses
  • Policy Features
  • Excluded IFT Expenses

State Differences

  • Max Value per Individual
  • Goods and Services Form Requirements
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OnDemand Course

Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, 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 July 16, 2020.

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  • AR CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.
     
  • 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.
     
  • NM CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of 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.
     
  • 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.
     
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Faculty

Vicki Levy Eskin

Vicki Levy Eskin

Levy & Associates, PA

  • Owner of Levy & Associates, PA, a small law firm in Longwood, Florida
  • She focuses her practice on probate, guardianship, trust administration and estate planning, including specific trusts, Medicaid planning, and veteran's assistance programs
  • Has an active circuit civil and appellate mediation practice
  • Served three years as the National Solo and Small Firm Conference chair for the American Bar Association, has maintained an active leadership role for many years for the GP|Solo division of the ABA, and served as ABA advisor to the survey and drafting committee for the Uniform Law Commission Committee during its three year work on creating the model code for fiduciary access to digital assets and the parallel committee for the RPPTL division of the Florida Bar
  • Spoke before the Florida Legislature twice in support of FADAA and RUFADAA, leading to its ultimate enactment in her state
  • Written and lectured extensively on preserving digital assets, FADAA, RUFADAA, trusts, international estate planning and other areas of estates, trusts and probate administration and small office management
  • Through her work with the American Bar Association, she serves as a mentor to solo and small firm practitioners throughout the United States
  • She has a history of involvement in local and state bars, including membership in the Iowa State Bar and has served on several community advisory boards
  • Can be contacted at http://levylawyers.com
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Product ID: 407708
Published 2020
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