Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, October 24, 2022

Call for Papers -- Annual Meeting on Law and Society

Trusts and Estates Collaborative Research Network (CRN56)


Annual Meeting on Law and Society

San Juan, Puerto Rico

June 1-4, 2023 


Abstracts deadline: 8 November 2022

The Trusts and Estates Collaborative Research Network invites you to submit your paper and panel proposals for the upcoming annual meeting on Law and Society, to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This conference will be in-person only. There will be no hybrid or virtual panels. 

We invite papers and proposals that touch in any way on succession (inheritance), equity, or wealth transfers more generally. Subjects of inquiry may involve any aspect of government or social policy with respect to trusts, estates, inheritance, wealth transfer, equity or courts with jurisdiction over these issues.

The conference theme of ‘Separate and Unequal’ offers an opportunity to explore the role of law in normalizing inequality and discrimination. However, papers are not limited to these topics.

We welcome any papers on the topic of trusts and estates. For more information about the conference theme, visit:


How to submit:

To be included in a CRN56 Trusts and Estates session please submit your proposal directly through the Law and Society Association’s website by November 8, making sure to select CRN56 from the dropdown menu. 

We welcome any of the following submissions: 

  • Individual papers (we will organize submissions into panels).
  • Paper sessions: panels formed around a single theme, with 4 or 5 paper presenters, and a chair/discussant.
  • Roundtables: formed around a single topic with 4 to 8 participants, and a chair. 
  • Author Meets Reader (AMR): for scholarly books published in 2022. 

Individual abstracts can be submitted in English or Spanish

Session abstracts must be in English, but can be presented in Spanish as long as all papers in the session are in Spanish. 

For more information on the different submission types, and how to submit, visit: https://www.lawandsociety.org/types-of-submissions/

Important information about the conference:

More information including details regarding visa requirements, and accessibility information can be found at the conference website: 


October 24, 2022 in Conferences & CLE | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, October 21, 2022

Creditor’s Rights and Estate Planning Presentation

The American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Section will be hosting the Creditor’s Rights and Estate Planning presentation on Tuesday, November 15, 2022.

In this presentation, panelists will address the intersection between the transfer of wealth and creditors’ rights. Given the relatively large federal estate tax exemption amount, many wealth transfers are motivated primarily by creditor avoidance. This esteemed panel, which includes a bankruptcy judge, will address a number of issues that planners should consider as it pertains to the ability of creditors to impact wealth transfer.

Topics will include:

• Bankruptcy law overview;

• Bankruptcy judge perspective;

• The intersection between wealth transfer and fraudulent transfer;

• Estate planner exposure for assisting with aggressive planning;

• Creditor discovery techniques; and

• Creditor tools to unwind the transfer of wealth.

The ABA will seek 1.5 hours of CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 1.8 hours of CLE credit for this program in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. Please visit www.americanbar.org/mcle for general information on CLE at the ABA.


• Gabriel Aizenberg, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Chicago, IL

• Judge Catherine Peek McEwen, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa, FL

• David J. Slenn, Akerman LLP, Naples, FL


October 21, 2022 in Conferences & CLE, Estate Planning - Generally | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Advanced Estate Planning Summit Fall 2022

The following announcement was made about the WealthCounsel's Advanced Estate Planning Summit:

Gain new insight and legal strategies for your law practice from some of the most prestigious estate planning experts presenting on cryptocurrency topics at WealthCounsel’s Advanced Estate Planning Summit on October 17 & 18, 2022. Click here for more information.

September 13, 2022 in Conferences & CLE, Estate Planning - Generally | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Trying Times: Conservation Easements and Federal Tax Law 2022

Virtual Program – Thursday, August 11, 2022

11:00am-3:00pm ET/10:00am-2:00pm CT/9:00am-1:00pm MT/8am-Noon PT

This four-hour program will address the latest case law and IRS guidance impacting conservation easements. Experts will offer practical advice to land trust staff and board members, government employees, attorneys, appraisers, and landowners. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear the IRS’s perspective and ask questions of a diverse group of panelists who collectively have almost 200 years of experience with conservation easements and tax incentives. Each of three panel presentations will be followed by time devoted solely to Q&A.

This program will be streamed live (available as audio and video, or just audio). If August 11th does not work for your schedule, a recording of the program will be made available for a period of time after the event to those who register by August 10th.


·     Karin Gross, Special Counsel, IRS Office of Chief Counsel, Washington D.C.

·     Stephen J. Small, Esq., Law Office of Stephen J. Small, Esq., P.C., Massachusetts

·     Mark Weston, Consulting appraiser, former AQB Certified USPAP Instructor, and former Director, Colorado Division of Conservation

·     Wendy Fisher, Executive Director, Utah Open Lands

·     Jeanie McIntyre, President, Upper Valley Land Trust

·     Nancy A. McLaughlin, Robert W. Swenson Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

Register online by Noon MT Aug. 10, 2022 >>

General Public:

$30 Early Bird (ends Aug. 1)

$45 after Aug. 1

Students complimentary

4.0 hours Utah CLE (pending). Utah online attendees will need to apply for self-study CLE credits. For CLE in other states, attendees should apply directly to the relevant state bar and we cannot guarantee that other state bar requirements will be satisfied.

Sponsored by the Cultural Vision Fund and Utah Open Lands in cooperation with the Wallace Stegner Center.

August 3, 2022 in Conferences & CLE | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, April 29, 2022

Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center Webcast: Wealth taxation in defense of equal citizenship

The following is from an announcement by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center:

Wealth inequality is often discussed in terms of its economic effects rather than its political implications. But money is a form of power, and the wealthy exert an outsized influence on politics. Wealth taxation has the potential, therefore, not only to reduce the concentration of economic power in America, but to strengthen democracy itself. 

On Monday, May 2, the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center will host an event considering wealth taxation as a tool of democratic reform. Jeremy Bearer-Friend, associate professor of law at George Washington University Law School, and Vanessa Williamson, senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, will present their new paper, exploring and updating an underappreciated wealth tax proposal made by the American revolutionary, Thomas Paine, in his 1792 book, “Rights of Man.” Phyllis Taite, professor of law at Oklahoma City University School of Law, will address the potential effects of wealth taxation on the racial wealth gap, and Rakeen Mabud, chief economist at the Groundwork Collaborative, will discuss how taxation fits into a broader reconsideration of economic policy’s political and social purposes. 

Follow this link to register for the program.

April 29, 2022 in Conferences & CLE, Estate Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Tax & Estate Planning with IRAs after the Secure Act

On Tuesdays, April 26 and May 3, 2022, Seymour Goldberg will present a webinar for the New York County Lawyers Association entitled Estate Planning with IRAs after the Secure Act: Making SOME Sense of the Proposed Regulations. Below is a description of this program:

Many taxpayers have accumulated a considerable amount of assets in their retirement accounts. The Secure Act has created many new technical deadlines that must be followed to avoid IRS penalties. In addition, the IRS on February 23, 2022 released over 270 pages of proposed regulations which practitioners have been struggling to understand.

Tax planning and estate planning for your clients that have substantial retirement assets have become more important than ever. You need to be aware of common errors that frequently take place, and the steps you must take.

The course material will include an updated manual written by Seymour Goldberg entitled, "An Attorney’s Introductory Guide to the IRA Distribution Rules Under the Secure Act."

April 6, 2022 in Conferences & CLE | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, February 13, 2022

ACTEC Shares Useful Resources

ACTEC Trust and Estate Talk  (podcast series for professionals)

Understanding Serious Mistakes and Planning Implications in the Smaldino Tax Court Case  Trust and estate lawyers discuss the Smaldino Tax Court ruling, T.C. Memo 2021-127, and the mistakes made in the transactions, as well as the estate planning implications.

Planning for a Diverse and Equitable Future

The Fight for Justice, Reparations and Bruce's Beach  Hear first-hand about the future of Bruce's Beach from the pro bono attorney who took the fight to court and the land-rights activist who took on the city and state to bring public awareness of the racially motivated eminent domain property issue. 

February 13, 2022 in Conferences & CLE | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

CLE: Estate Planning With Specialty Assets: Carried Interest, SPACS, and QOZ Funds

On Thursday, January 20, 2022 at from 12:00–1:30 PM Eastern, The American Law Institute (ALI) and The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) are cosponsoring a CLE entitled, Estate Planning With Specialty Assets: Carried Interest, SPACS, and QOZ Funds

Below is more information on the CLE: 

Why You Should Attend

Wealth transfer structures can be complicated and have many moving parts. In recent years, new investment opportunities have emerged with the promise and potential for explosive growth and significant tax benefits. Such specialty assets, including interests in special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), qualified opportunity zone (QOZ) funds, and private investment funds, are increasingly on clients’ radars as good vehicles for wealth transfer. While these assets can provide unique opportunities for leverage, they also come with nuanced pitfalls and risks within the realms of estate, gift, and income taxation. Join us for this 90 minute webcast to learn how seemingly small variations in different structures can result in quite different solutions. Gain a better understanding of the facts and circumstances of the various options and learn ways to create customized plan structures for each of your clients. 

What You Will Learn

The faculty, all Fellows of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and highly-experienced estate and tax planning practitioners, will take a deep dive into the lightly chartered waters of estate planning with specialty assets. They will particularly focus on: 

Carried interests in private investment funds

Various categories of interests in SPACs

Interests in QOZ funds

Preferred partnership structures

 Questions submitted during the program will be answered live by the faculty. All registrants will receive a set of downloadable course materials to accompany the program. 

Who Should Attend

Estate planners and other related professionals, particularly those with wealthy clients, will benefit from this CLE on estate planning with specialty assets offered by ALI CLE and ACTEC. 
Register two or more and SAVE! Register as a group for this program and save up to 35% (click here for more details). Click "Register as a Group" to register at these savings. (Offer valid on new registrations in the same delivery format only; discounts may not be combined.)


December 29, 2021 in Conferences & CLE, Estate Administration, Estate Planning - Generally, Estate Tax, Gift Tax, Income Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

47th Annual USC Gould Trust and Estate Conference

The 47th Annual USC Gould Trust and Estate Conference is on November 19, 2021.

Click here to register for the opportunity to connect with trust, estate planning, probate and elder law professionals and talk through practical and realistic solutions to the biggest questions in the field today.  '

This year, the Trust and Estate Conference will be hosted as a virtual broadcast. Registration includes access to the live broadcast and available recordings of the on-demand sessions, continuing education credit, and an electronic copy of the Conference Syllabus and Annual Resource Guide (a trust and estate professional directory covering Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego County).

Sessions include:

  • Annual Update: Recent Developments in Probate & Trust and their Practical Applications
  • Avoiding Traps of 529 Plans
  • Pre-Death Administration
  • Keynote Presentation: Overcoming Implicit Biases
  • Post-Death Administration
  • Litigation Issues of Tangible Personal Property and Other Distributions
  • Addressing Remote Work and Multi-State Asset Issues

Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law Emertis, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this conference to my attention.

November 17, 2021 in Conferences & CLE | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Off Topic: Water Law Symposium: West Texas Water

At the request of my colleague and friend, Prof. Amy Hardberger , the George W. McCleskey Professor of Water Law and  Director of the Center for Water Law and Policy at the Texas Tech University School of Law, below is information about a seminar entitled West Texas Water:

The Texas Tech Law Review is proud to host the first West Texas Water Law Symposium on November 5th in conjunction with the Center for Water Law and Policy. The symposia will be offered for CLE credit. Register for the event at this link.

The Texas Tech School of Law invites you all to attend the Texas Tech Law Review Fall Water Law Symposium. This year’s symposium: West Texas Water The New Frontier, will provide an extensive look at the current state of Water Law and Policy affecting West Texas. Attendees will benefit from a surplus of knowledge presented through panels and lectures. The cost of attendance is $75. Due to the current status of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Symposium will take place completely virtual. The Symposium will be offering 7.5 hours of CLE credits with the Texas State Bar, including .75 hours of Ethics CLE credit.

Texas Tech Law Review is working in concert with the Texas Tech Center for Water Law and Policy to present this Symposium. They are excited to offer this CLE credit to our alumni. Professor Hardberger has recruited a group of speakers with diverse backgrounds in Water Law and Policy. We hope you can join us virtually on November 5th from 9:00 am to 5:15 pm. Follow this link to register for the event.

If you have any questions, please contact our Symposium Editor Donald “Trey” Parker at donald.parker@ttu.edu.


October 21, 2021 in Conferences & CLE | Permalink | Comments (0)