NAEPC Webinars:

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET - Elder Law and Special Needs Planning

Source: The Robert G. Alexander Webinar Series

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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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Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET - Longevity

Source: The Robert G. Alexander Webinar Series

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET - Reverse Mortgages

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET - Complimentary Sponsored Webinar: Life Settlement Legal and Ethical Responsibility

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Disruption is the new normal for many planning professionals that work with their clients in a fiduciary capacity. It's difficult for any fiduciary to feel comfortable today working with clients on matters that are outside of their area of expertise. This is especially true with life settlements.

Life settlement providers, who represent the institutional investors, have noticed the lack of life settlement discussions and education coming from planning professionals and are filling this void by increasing their direct-to-consumer marketing. Such direct marketing exploits a crack in the chain of fiduciary oversight and places senior clients in a position where they might enter into a contract to sell their life insurance policy without having any advocate at the table to protect their best interests in the life settlement process. 

We will discuss multiple disruptive factors that have negatively impacted senior clients and show how we arrived at a point where so many seniors are not represented by a fiduciary when they sell their policy on the secondary market. We will review life settlement regulations, laws, and litigation that protect the rights of policy owners to sell their policies. Our main goal is to alleviate the confusion surrounding life settlements that have caused a majority of fiduciary advisors to avoid discussing life settlements with their clients. We will close with a list of Life Settlement Best Practices for Fiduciaries that will help them protect their client's best interest if their client is planning to lapse or surrender an existing life insurance policy.

Jon B. Mendelsohn, CEO of Ashar Group/Ashar SMV, is an accomplished presenter and frequent speaker at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils (NAEPC), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) annual ENGAGE Conference, the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU), Advisors in Philanthropy (AIP), and several other conferences and meetings nationally. Ashar Group is an independent resource that supports financial advisors and fiduciaries by providing life insurance appraisals, life settlements, and longevity services. 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET - Basis Step-Up Strategies in Light of Portability and Tax Law Changes

Source: The Robert G. Alexander Webinar Series

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We will review a variety of basis step-up strategies, including tools to allow couples in common law states to get community property benefits, modifying irrevocable trusts to make them includible in the primary beneficiary's, or selling assets from an irrevocable trust (income-tax free) to the grantor. We will discuss how portability plays into basis step-up planning and how those with small, medium and large estates may benefit.

Steve Gorin is a partner in Thompson Coburn LLP, headquartered in St. Louis, with other offices including Chicago and Los Angeles. He uses his background as a CPA to integrate income tax planning into estate planning for business owners and wealthy individuals. For more on Steve, see http://thompsoncoburn.com/people/steve-gorin, and for free resources (including over 2,000 pages on planning for owners of private businesses) see https://www.thompsoncoburn.com/insights/blogs/business-succession-solutions/about.  

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET - Charitable Giving and Tax Planning Strategies in the TCJA Era

Source: The Robert G. Alexander Webinar Series

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The tax act formerly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) fundamentally altered the charitable giving and tax planning landscape for all donors. In this program, the presenter will summarize the major tax law provisions that impact charitable giving and donors, and identify and discuss key charitable giving and tax planning opportunities and strategies available to donors today.

Patrick J. Saccogna, JD, LL.M. (taxation), CPA*, AEP®, is a partner in the Personal & Succession Planning practice group of Thompson Hine LLP, in Cleveland, Ohio, and focuses his practice on counseling high net worth individuals, families, and closely-held businesses in a wide range of personal, charitable, business, tax, multi-generational wealth transfer, asset protection, and succession planning matters, and representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in estate and trust administration, tax compliance, and fiduciary litigation matters. Patrick is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Ohio, and is an Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. Patrick is currently serving as the Chair of University Hospitals' Diamond Advisory Group, is a past President of The Estate Planning Council of Cleveland, a past Chair of the Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, a past Chair of Case Western Reserve University's Estate Planning Advisory Council, is ranked in Chambers HNW 2019 (Ohio: Private Wealth Law), and received the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland's 2017 Distinguished Estate Planner Award. [* = inactive CPA status]

 

 

 

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET - The Ethical Considerations of NYS DFS Reg 187, FINRA Rule IM2210 and the UPIA Relating to "Decision Support Material" Used by Life Insurance Producers and Attorneys CPAs and RIA in the Life Insurance Decision Process

Source: The Robert G. Alexander Webinar Series

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On July 18th 2018, the New York Department of Financial Services (NY DFS) issued the nations first "clients Best Interest Rule". Similar to other Fiduciary Laws, this rule defines the meaning of “clients’ best interests” for life insurance product recommendations based on a careful, skilled, prudent, and diligent evaluation of costs, performance, and risks relative to benefits.  Additional states have announced their own Fiduciary legislation.

In this important, wide-ranging presentation, we will review the Best Interest Rule that raises significant ethical considerations for estate planners and life insurance producers serving fiduciaries and/or working under a fiduciary definition of “clients’ best interests” both in and outside New York.

Steven is uniquely qualified to help estate planning professionals better understand the ethical implications and new business opportunities created by the “new fiduciary era for life insurance”.  He helps CPAs, wealth managers and attorneys guide their clients’ insurance decisions based on this prudent process.

Steven is an expert in applying Prudent Investor guidelines to life insurance product selection/retention and portfolio management according to established and proven asset management doctrine.  He is guided by the Uniform Prudent Investor Act, FINRA Rule IM 2210, NY DFS Regulation 187 "Clients Best Interest" rule and lessons learned from the first adjudicated fiduciary lawsuit regarding Trust Owned Life Insurance AKA Cochran v. Key Bank.  

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET - TBD

Source: The Robert G. Alexander Webinar Series

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET - Planning Team Revenue Opportunities Generated by New Tax Law

Source: The Robert G. Alexander Webinar Series

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Listen to this program if you are interested in how an insurance professional has used the recent tax legislation to help clients plan by including several members of the planning team. This intermediate level program will include multiple case examples.

Terri Getman is a nationally recognized lecturer, author and advisor to financial representatives who provide advice to families and privately-held business owners across the U.S. For more than 30 years Terri has specialized in the appropriate use of life insurance in client’s estate, business and executive benefit plans. Terri currently works for Diversified Brokerage Services, one of the largest life insurance brokerage general agencies, but for most of her career she held positions in advanced marketing at several large insurance carriers.  

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET - TBD

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Opportunity Knocks . . . Know The Code To Open the Door!

Susan P. Rounds, JD, CPA, LL.M. (taxation), AEP®, TEP

Opportunity Zones are a community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities.

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in December 2017 provides a potential opportunity to sell or exchange appreciated assets, invest the gain in a variety of types of business ventures within a geographically designated Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ), and receive potential tax benefits as a result. An Opportunity Zone is an economically distressed community where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment. Localities qualify as Opportunity Zones if they have been nominated for that designation by the state and are so certified by the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

Potential tax benefits of Opportunity Zones
  • Deferral of tax on realized capital gains – If gains on the disposition of a capital asset are reinvested into an Opportunity Fund within 180 days, the tax that would otherwise be due can be temporarily deferred until the earlier of December 31, 2026 or the date on which the opportunity zone investment is sold.
  • Reduction of taxes on the original gain – Potentially reduce the amount of capital gains on the sale of the original investment by 10% if held in the Opportunity Fund for 5 years and by an additional 5% if held for 7 years, for a total potential reduction of 15% after 7 years.
  • Elimination of taxes on any gain from the subsequent sale or exchange of the QOZ investment – Upon disposition of a QOZ investment that has been held for 10 years or more, all gains on the QOZ investment may be tax free. This exclusion applies to the gains accrued from the QOZ investment only. Gains on the sale of the original capital asset are treated as described above.
Some Restrictions
  • Investors have 180 days to roll a gain into a designated QOZ investment.
  • The QOZ investment must be held for 10 years or more.
  • QOZs include low-income areas, rural regions, and many urban locations that are gentrifying.
Key Factors
  • The original gain must result from a sale to an unrelated party.
  • Income taxes must be paid on the operating income of the QOZ business.
  • Ninety percent of the QOZ assets must consist of tangible business property located in the QOZ.
  • Real property renovation investments must be extensive and within 30 months of initial purchase.
Businesses That May Qualify
  • Real estate development including new buildings and old construction with significant renovations
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Restaurants
  • Car dealerships
  • Oil and gas drilling or mining
  • Service businesses with little tangible property outside the QOZ-licensing business, ad agencies
Businesses That Do Not Qualify
  • Recreational such as golf, country club, massage, liquor stores
  • Finance-driven businesses (financial assets cannot exceed 5 percent of total assets)

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