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Clients may assume that communications about their estate plans will remain confidential regardless of who is involved; but privilege doesn’t apply to all communications and can be easily waived, putting both client and attorney at risk. This program examines privilege in the estate planning context, distinguishes the work product doctrine, and particularly focuses on communications involving multiple members of the estate planning team.
Kim Kamin is a Principal at Gresham Partners, LLC, an independent multi-family office that currently serves about 100 ultra-high net worth families nationally. At Gresham, Kim serves as Chief Wealth Strategist, leading Gresham’s development and implementation of estate, wealth transfer, philanthropic, educational and fiduciary planning activities, and advising clients.
David C. Blickenstaff leads Schiff Hardin LLP’s national trust and estate controversy practice. In addition to handling high-stakes trust, estate, and guardianship cases, he helps corporate and individual fiduciaries avoid litigation by proactively managing their risk and defusing difficult situations before they reach the courthouse.
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This intermediate level program will provide an update on elder law and special needs planning, including how to draft a plan that works and takes into account future incapacity of the client and benefiicaries. Use of trusts will be discussed, as well as appropriate trust distribution standards.
Bernard A. Krooks is the founding partner of the New York law firm Littman Krooks LLP and chair of its elder law and special needs department. He is past president of the Arc of Westchester, the largest agency in Westchester County, NY serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
A frequent presenter at the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning and other national estate planning conferences, Mr. Krooks is immediate-past Chair of the Elder Law Committee of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and Chair of the Elder Law and Special Needs Planning Group of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law (RPTE) Section of the American Bar Association. He is past president and fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), past president and founding member of the New York Chapter of NAELA, past Chair of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, and past president of the Special Needs Alliance, a national invitation-only non-profit organization dedicated to assisting individuals with special needs and their families.
Mr. Krooks, author of numerous articles on elder law and related topics, is chair of the Elder Law Committee of Trusts & Estates Magazine, and serves on the Wolters Kluwer Financial and Estate Planning Advisory Board and the Advisory Committee of the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning.
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