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Estate Planning: Anticipating and Preparing for Estate Litigation

Learn the key steps on how to implement proactive processes to diminish or eliminate litigation.

Estate planners generally focus on preparing estate planning documents that are predominantly geared towards accomplishing a clients’ estate planning objectives in a tax efficient manner. With the increase in estate litigation, planners also need to take steps to ferret out the potential for estate-related litigation both before and after the client’s death from a variety of different sources (e.g., disinherited family members and charities) and implement precautionary measures to reduce or eliminate the likelihood of litigation, and, if unavoidable, take steps to ensure that such litigation can be readily defeated with a minimum of cost and delay. This material will provide suggestions on how to protect your client’s estate plan from attack.

Runtime: 88 minutes
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Agenda

Goals of Estate Planning

  • Provide for Future Generations
  • Protection of Beneficiaries
  • Tax Motivations

Potential Objections

  • Lack of Due Execution/Forgery
  • Lack of Testamentary Capacity
  • Undue Influence
  • Duress/Fraud

Estate Planning Safeguards

  • Client Meetings
  • Use of Revocable Trusts and Joint Tenancies
  • Inclusion of in Terrorem Clauses, If Applicable
  • Due Diligence on Sources of Potential Attacks on Estate Plan
  • Creation of Memoranda to Document Purpose of Transactions in Estate Plan, Lack of Undue Influence, Lack of Fraud and Duress and Existence of Testamentary Capacity
  • Consult With and Obtain Affidavits From Treating Physicians
  • Obtain Mental/Medical Exams in Connection With Execution of Estate Documents
  • Consult With and Obtain Affidavits From Family Members, Friends and Colleagues to Support the Voluntary and Knowing Nature of the Testamentary Scheme
  • Videotape Execution Ceremony
  • Preparation of Detailed Attorney Memos Describing Execution Ceremony
  • Affidavits of Attesting Witnesses
  • Pre-Mortem Probate
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  • AK CLE 1.5
     
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  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • 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 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
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  • CO CLE 2.0
     
  • This program may qualify for 2.0 credit hours through the Colorado Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education through reciprocity. This course is accredited in other jurisdictions such as New Jersey. To receive CLE credit for this program, a home study affidavit must be submitted to the Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education.
     
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  • GA CLE 1.5
     
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  • HI CLE 1.25
     
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  • IL CLE 1.25
     
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  • ME CLE 1.0
     
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  • MO CLE 1.8
     
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  • MS CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours.
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
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  • ND CLE 1.5
     
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  • NH MCLE 1.5
     
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  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
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  • NM CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of credit.
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours.
     
  • 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, Inc. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
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  • RI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • TN CLE 1.47
     
  • This program has been approved as a distance learning format by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 1.47 hours of credit.
     
  • UT CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Utah State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours.
     
  • VA CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 CLE credit hours.
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hours of self-study CLE credit.
     
  • 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.
     
  • WI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board of Bar Examiners for 1.5 hours for use toward the Wisconsin Mandatory CLE requirement.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.8 MCLE hours.
     
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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.

Virginia MCLE requirements do not allow approval for programs that do not include an audio or audiovisual component.

This program was previously offered as a live webinar. Virginia MCLE requirements do not allow approval for attendance at duplicate programs.

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

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  • AK CLE 1.5
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • GA CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • MO CLE 1.8
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NM CLE 1.5
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • NY CLE 1.5
     
  • UT CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
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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  • AK CLE 1.5
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • MO CLE 1.8
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NM CLE 1.5
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • NY CLE 1.5
     
  • UT CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
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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Faculty

Steven H. Holinstat

Steven H. Holinstat

Proskauer Rose LLP

  • Senior Counsel in the New York Office of Proskauer Rose LLP in the Litigation Department
  • Has developed specialized experience in all aspects of fiduciary litigation, including, without limitation, will contests (both defense and offense), contested accounting proceedings, breach of fiduciary duty actions relating to the conduct of executors and trustees, representation of fiduciaries in connection with the disposition of illiquid assets (e.g., interests in closely-held enterprises and real estate), claims to recover assets by an estate or trust, actions to remove or replace fiduciaries, litigation of claims against an estate or trust and guardianship proceedings
  • Regularly conducts seminars and workshops on “Mitigating the Risk of Fiduciary Litigation: Guideline for Institutional Trustees”, “Identifying and Addressing Potential Issues Involving Clients with Diminished Mental Capacity and/or Why May Be Unduly Influenced by Others”, and “Anticipating and Preparing for Fiduciary Litigation”
  • Has written articles on fiduciary litigation, including “Who Can Recant and Decant? Who is the ‘Creator’ of a Decanted Trust?” published in the New York Law Journal
  • J.D. degree, Fordham University School of Law, cum laude and Order of the Coif; B.A. degree University of Michigan, cum laude
  • Member of the Surrogate’s Court Committee of the New York State Bar Association, Member of the Litigation Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and Member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the New York City Bar Association
  • 2013 and 2017 U.S. News Rankings gave Proskauer’s New York Office Tier One Rankings for Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Can be contacted at 212-969-3602 or sholinstat@proskauer.com
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Henry J. Leibowitz

Proskauer Rose LLP

  • Partner in the New York Office of Proskauer Rose LLP in the Private Client Services Department
  • Practice encompasses all aspects of estate and tax planning, estate and trust administration and fiduciary litigation
  • Represents individuals in a wide variety of estate and financial planning issues including estate, gift and generation-skipping tax planning
  • Has written numerous articles, including several that have been published in Estate Planning magazine and is the editor of Personal Planning Strategies and Wealth Management Update
  • LL.M. degree, New York University School of Law; J.D. degree, Fordham University School of Law; B.B.A. degree, Emory University
  • Can be contacted at 212-969-3602 or hleibowitz@proskauer.com
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Product ID: 403986
Published 2018
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