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Estate Planning Opportunities with "20/20 Vision": The Impact of the Federal Election on Existing Estate Plans (01/19/2021)

Program Number: 3109 Presenter: Melanie E. Cuddyre, Esq.

This program will discuss the unique estate planning opportunities created as a result of the 2020 Federal election. The 2021 Federal Estate and Gift Tax Exclusion is $11.7M per individual (or $23.4M for a married couple). While the exclusion was already set to drop to $5 million, as adjusted for inflation, on January 1, 2026, the recent Federal election creates the possibility that the exclusion will be reduced before that date, and potentially be reduced to a lesser amount. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued regulations confirming that gifts made prior to a reduction in the exclusion will not be “clawed back” into the gross estate for Federal Estate Tax purposes. Lifetime gifting opportunities, including the use of Spousal Limited Access Trusts (SLATs), Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs), Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (QPRTs), and other techniques allow individuals to take advantage of the current exclusion rate while they are still able. This program discusses

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Family Business Succession Planning in Nine (Silo-Busting) Steps (11/09/2020)

Program Number: 30267 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Gregory F. Monday, Esq.

Greg and Sharon will talk about how to plan for the succession of family business leadership and ownership in nine logical, sequential steps, but be ready to break down the barriers that sometimes separate business law, tax law, contract law, and estate planning practices. Topics include family business governance structures, recommended contracts for family members and affiliates, retirement planning for senior owners, and special trusts for family businesses interests.

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The Perils of Prenups: When is a Prenup Harmful, When is it Helpful, and How to Draft a Constructive One (06/26/2020)

Program Number: 30169 Presenter: Chaim Steinberger, Esq.

Prenuptial agreements are becoming more and more popular even as most people recognize that a prenup often hurts the betrotheds’ relationship and can cause the relationship itself to fail. In many instances a prenup accomplishes nothing so there's no reason to incur this risk. Yet in other instances, a prenup might actually be crucial. This presentation will explore the times that a prenup is not necessary and those times when it is; the harms a typical prenup causes; and how to prepare and negotiate one so that it improves, rather than harms, the betrotheds’ relationship.

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Lessons from John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath: Copyright Terminations Under Sections 203 and 304 of the Copyright Act (06/03/2020)

Program Number: 30159 Presenter: Raymond Dowd, Esq.

In 1976 and 1998 Congress extended the terms of copyright. Congress intended for authors to receive the full economic benefit of the extended copyright terms by granting authors and their heirs inalienable rights to recapture copyrights. These recaptured copyrights, vesting free of all prior grants, could then be re-licensed on economic terms favorable to authors. To protect authors’ families from disinheritances, late-life lovers or squabbles among over-reaching heirs, Congress preempted state inheritance law and created statutory heirs. Congress’ statutory scheme benefitting authors and their families has been threatened by recent decisions of the Second and Ninth Circuits that have generated a recent cert petition to the Supreme Court in Steinbeck v. Kaffaga over film rights to The Grapes of Wrath. Many copyright termination disputes are now pending. Join Ray Dowd in examining this fascinating case and learn why understanding the issues at stake and the mechanics of copyright terminations is important for

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Will Drafting to Prevent Future Estate Litigation (01/28/2020)

Program Number: 3008 Presenter: Cori A. Robinson, Esq.

There are many considerations when drafting a last will and testament including fiduciary and guardianship selections, tax concerns, disinheritance and the disposition of assets. Writing a last will with specificity, detail and attention is important in order to avoid problems with construction or contesting parties post death. This CLE will address the basics of drafting a last will and testament and execution pursuant to New York law. Additionally, the presentation will draw attention to various issues in drafting that may cause issues in the future. Such as matters relating to survivorship, disinheritance, no contest and tax clauses.

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Protecting Artists’ Legacies in the Contemporary Art Market (02/10/2020)

Program Number: 3005 Presenter: Adam Buchwalter, Esq., Jana Farmer, Esq.

The conventions of the contemporary art market present unique challenges to artists and those entrusted with stewardship of artists’ legacies, including preserving the value of their artworks, maintaining their authenticity, and even material conservation of the artworks in their original form. Unlike traditional paintings and sculptures, which possess definitive materiality, conceptual artworks or artworks that need to be reactivated rely on documentation as an integral part of the work itself, making the relationship between artists or artist’s estates and purchasers increasingly more contractual. This panel will discuss the risks and best practices for artists and artists’ estates to protect an artist’s legacy through advance planning, including the unique challenges presented by conceptual and nonmaterial artworks and considerations for artists’ wills and foundations.

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The Basics of Digital Asset Planning (03/18/2020)

Program Number: 3004 Presenter: Jennifer Zegel, Esq.

The world is becoming more and more digitized. Most Americans own multiple digital devices and have tons of online accounts. Because the average person is unaware of the extent of digital assets they have, they usually don’t know how to begin identifying them for planning purposes. As our physical and digital lives become more intertwined with advancements in technology and the expansion of digital asset classes, the importance and need to address digital assets in an estate and business plans will only evolve. This program will cover what constitutes a digital asset, the current state of the law, basic steps that are essential in including digital assets in estate planning, as well as some practice tips of handling estates with digital assets.

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Ethics-Attorney Client Privilege for In-House Counsel (02/12/2019)

Program Number: 2948 Presenter: Carole Buckner, Esq.

The program will cover important considerations regarding the duty of confidentiality, the attorney client privilege and work product doctrine, from the perspective of the in-house lawyer, including operating in dual roles involving both business and legal advice. We will also touch upon privilege in international communications and differences in privilege and confidentiality between states, and between state and federal jurisdictions. Finally, we will address email practices in light of the above.

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A Primer on International Taxation (03/21/2019)

Program Number: 2929 Presenter: Jacob Stein, Esq.

This will be a discussion on inbound taxation (foreigners doing business or investing in the U.S.). Attendees will learn the important aspects such as income taxes applicable to non-resident aliens, pre-immigration planning, FIRPTA, and ownership structures for non-resident aliens. The discussion will also touch on the changes to international taxation brought about by the new tax act.

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Designing and Drafting the Integrated Estate Planning Structure (04/16/2019)

Program Number: 2924 Presenter: Andrew Bechel, Esq., Edward D. Brown, Esq., GreenspoonMarder, PA

Asset protection practitioners need to be well-versed in the relevant core concepts before endeavoring to assist their clients with a plan’s design and implementation. In this program, Edward D. Brown will provide an in-depth introduction to the conceptual design and implementation of a client’s overall integrated estate plan. Areas of discussion will include what is an integrated estate planning trust (“IEPT”), what is a limited partnership, a general overview of an integrated estate plan, balancing protection with flexibility, how much of the client’s overall estate should one set out to protect, an overview of available integrated estate planning techniques, whether an IEPT should stand alone or be integrated with the client’s overall estate plan, the trustee selection process and whether an IEPT’s settlor(s) should act as the IEPT’s protector(s). Additional topics of discussion will include a comparison of domestic trusts versus foreign

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