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Cannon Estate Planning Lunch & Learn

2017 Cannon Series logoThe monthly education series from the Cannon Financial Institute is offered free by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and provides attorneys, financial planners, CPAs, trust officers and other estate planning professionals an opportunity to connect and collaborate about current wealth management and estate planning topics, while earning continuing education credits.

Topics to be covered in this year-long series are listed in the table below. To learn more about a specific topic, just click on the link. Learn more details about registration and location below.

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Dates and Topics: Click on the links below to learn more about each month’s topic.

► Aug. 22: Estate Planning for the 99%
Registration is closed.
Largely as a result of the unlimited marital deduction, historically high (and still climbing) estate tax exemptions and portability, only a tiny fraction of Americans need to have any concern about estate tax. What do we, as estate planning professionals, need to do to serve everyone else? What are the contemporary estate planning concerns and objectives of the vast majority of the populace? During this teleconference, we will discuss:

  • Designing estate plans that are both effective and practical
  • Balancing the use of trusts and outright distributions
  • Using special purpose trusts in the right situations
  • Skillfully addressing all dispositive and fiduciary appointment contingencies
► Sept. 19: Family Business Succession Planning: Now More Challenging Than Ever
Register online Aug.23 – Sept. 12.
A huge majority of American businesses are family-owned, yet only a distinct minority of these companies is successfully transitioned into the second generation, and only half of those make it intact into the third. Succession planning for a closely held business is often exceedingly difficult because of its substantial value, limited marketability and lack of liquidity and because of the emotional baggage it represents within the family. In this session, we will explore:

  • How the new IRC Section 2704(b) rules may impact even operating businesses
  • Estate planning structures that may be compatible with family business equity
  • Navigating the minefield of having children who are active in the business and those who aren’t
  • Anticipating and addressing family members’ marriages and divorces
► Oct. 17: Don’t Overlook the Power of Powers
Register online Sept. 20 – Oct. 10.
Among the most useful tools at an estate planner’s disposal is a power of appointment. There’s an almost infinite variety of powers of appointment, and they can be used to accomplish numerous important tax and non-tax estate planning objectives. In addition, powers of appointment may have significant, and sometimes surprising, tax consequences. In this presentation, we will examine numerous aspects of powers of appointment, including:

  • Types of powers of appointment
  • How to design, draft and exercise powers of appointment
  • Tax characteristics of powers of appointment
  • Goals that may be achieved using powers of appointment
► Nov. 7: Protecting Beneficiaries From Themselves and Others
Register online Oct. 18 – Oct. 31.
The estate planning industry has largely evolved from focusing primarily on estate tax deferral and minimization to non-tax planning. Today, many of our clients whose estates used to be in the category of taxable are now receptive to addressing other matters, such as not making their children too rich too soon, protection of assets from claims of creditors and soon-to-be ex-spouses and selection of Trustees. During this session, we will address:

  • Outright bequests versus trusts with mandatory distributions versus lifetime trusts
  • Various discretionary distribution standard options
  • Effectiveness of spendthrift and wholly discretionary trusts
  • Designating appropriate initial and successor Trustees
► Dec. 5: Trying Too Hard to Do Too Much: Ethics Traps For the Good Samaritan
Register online Nov. 8 – Nov. 29.
Not all charges of breaches of professional ethics result from consciously attempting to cut corners, take advantage of a situation, extract excessive fees or treat someone unfairly. In fact, an ethics complaint may arise out of facts showing the respondent was striving to provide a laudatory level of service. During this program, we will look at issues that may develop from:

  • Concurrent representation of spouses and other family members
  • Planning for a client’s possible eventual incapacity
  • Safekeeping of a client’s estate planning documents
  • Disclosure of a disabled client’s confidential information


Speaker: Charles A. ReddCharles A. Redd, partner in the firm of Stinson Leonard Street LLP, concentrates his practice in estate planning, estate and trust administration and estate and trust-related litigation. He has extensive experience and expertise in drafting estate planning documents; tax planning for individuals, trusts and estates; preparation, filing and representation of estate, gift and fiduciary income tax returns; representation of individual and corporate fiduciaries and litigation in the Probate Division and other equity divisions of the Circuit Court. For more biographical information, click here.

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Sandwiches will be available from 11:30 a.m. – noon.
Teleconference will begin promptly at noon.

Location: The Oklahoma City Community Foundation (directions).

Parking: Free parking is available in the lot immediately east of our building along 10th Street. Additional parking is available for $5 in the parking garage located at 123 NW 10th St. The public entrance is the farthest west entrance off of 10th Street.

Cost: There is no charge for the series. Lunch will be provided.

CE: Each teleconference provides 1.5 hours of continuing education credits for CPAs, CFPs, CTFAs, CWSs, CLEs, AFIMs, CLUs, ChFCs and attorneys. Cannon will report attendance for attorneys and CFPs only. All other attendees will be presented with a CE certificate to self-report attendance to the appropriate crediting organizations.

How to Register: The online registration form is available here. Registration is first-come, first-served as limited seating is available. Registration deadlines are one week prior to each teleconference. You may also register by calling Joni Younts at 405/235-5603. Questions? Contact Joe Carter at 405/606-2914.

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