Estate Planning To Successfully Avoid Litigation: Strategies From The Headlines That Keep Clients From Getting “Cashed Out”
Featuring: Russel J. Fishkind, Esq.
Tap into the probate battles of “the rich and famous” to help your clients avoid estate litigation.When it comes to estate planning and litigation, the clients you serve every day are essentially no different from the rich and famous celebrities that make headlines - and in the process, find themselves featured in the paper and on television shows like “Cashed Out.” What are the lessons you can learn from these famous and often contentious estate litigations, and how can you apply them to the clients you represent?Register today to heard directly from Russel L. Fishkind, Esq., author of Probate Wars of the Rich and Famous and commentator on “Cashed Out”, as he and a panel of experienced estate planning and litigation practitioners (as well as a view from the bench) take you behind the scenes and into the lives, deaths and probate battles of celebrities like Michael Jackson, Prince, Amy Winehouse, Robin Williams, Johnny Carson, George Michael and more. Not only will you get “the inside scoop” on the problems surrounding these famous estates, you’ll also learn the best ways to plan for and help your clients overcome similar issues. Whether you’re interested in becoming a more effective and well-rounded practitioner, in gaining new strategies for handling common and avoidable estate issues your clients may face, or celebrity gossip is just your guilty pleasure (our program is a “no judgement zone”), this is the most fun and interesting estate planning and litigation seminar you’ll go to all year!
Assisted Suicide and Anatomical Gifts in Estate Planning Compassionate and Careful Drafting Techniques to Carry out Your Clients’ WishesFeaturing: Lauren D. Bercik, Esq.You have detailed discussions with your estate planning clients about what they want to happen to their assets and the best ways to ensure those wishes are realized, but do you have the same conversations regarding their bodies, genetic material and end of life plans? Advancements in medical science have led to improved outcomes for donors and recipients in organ donations and infertility treatments. Many clients are willing to make these donations but may not have given the idea much thought. The same is true for end of life planning. The Senate and Assembly recently passed “The Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill” Act but most clients haven’t considered their options if they become terminally ill. This informative seminar will prepare you to have those conversations in a meaningful way so that you can provide your clients with the most complete and accurate estate planning advice possible.
This seminar will address those difficult to discuss issues. For example, organ donation involves more than deciding whether or not to donate, so checking a box on a driver’s license application is inadequate. What if your client only wants to donate certain organs, or wants to direct them to be donated to a medical school? At the same time, what if they do not want certain genetic material donated? With the rise of assisted reproductive technology and the delay of parenthood for many individuals, genetic material has become an “asset” that needs to be addressed in all estate plans. Recently, the parents of a 21-year-old cadet at West Point successfully petitioned the court to extract sperm from their son when he died unexpectedly. They intend to use the sperm to bring a grandchild into the world. Are your clients aware that something like this is even possible without their express permission? What if your clients have eggs, sperm, or embryos frozen? Who determines what happens to that genetic material if it isn’t addressed in an estate plan? And if it is addressed in an estate plan, what is enforceable and what isn’t?
Another new topic and one that is just as emotional is medical aid in dying. With the Governor’s signature, the bill will become law and terminally ill people in certain circumstances will be able to have lethal medication prescribed and will also be able to self administer it. What specific discussions should you have with your clients about terminal illness? What clauses and provisions should be in living wills and heathcare proxies?
Lauren D. Bercik, Esq., a former nurse, leads a panel of experienced practitioners to answer these questions and more. The panel will also discuss the different legal documents, that can be used to address these unique issues in an estate plan and the most effective way to draft them to ensure clients’ wishes are able to be honored in a timely basis.
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