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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.

► April 25: Designing and Administering Estate Plans to Minimize Income Tax
Registration is closed.
To the extent our estate planning clients care anymore about planning to reduce taxes to be borne by their survivors, it’s all about income tax. Specifically, it’s about avoiding the compressed income tax brackets and high income tax rates of estates and trusts and achieving a basis step-up for as many assets, and as frequently as possible. During this program, we will look at:

  • Refined uses of the Clayton QTIP structure
  • Making distributions of ordinary income and capital gain to carry out DNI
  • Ways to dodge the net investment income tax
  • Using powers of appointment and other strategies to accomplish basis step-up
► May 23: The Junction of Excellent Estate Planning and Terrible Trust Administration
Register online April 26 – May 16.
It is possible to have a superb estate plan in concept, including state-of-the-art estate planning documents, only to have defective fiduciary administration cause components of the plan to short circuit or, in some cases, cause the whole plan to explode in flames. The results may range from loss of expected tax status or benefits to diversion of trust assets. In this session, we will examine the importance of:

  • Following governing instrument mandates to the letter
  • Exercising dispositive and investment discretion with care and sensitivity
  • Designating fiduciaries with expertise, experience and integrity
  • A Trustee’s developing cooperative and informative relationships with beneficiaries
► June 27: Malpractice in Estate Planning: Some Guidance on How to Avoid It
Register online May 24 – June 20.
It goes without saying that an estate planning professional must provide competent services to the client. Confronted with an ever-changing legal and regulatory landscape, the estate planner must be vigilant not to allow the quality of his or her representation of clients to deteriorate. Given the plethora of currently available estate planning and post-mortem planning options, the potential for making mistakes may be greater than ever. In this teleconference, we will consider:

  • What constitutes malpractice?
  • The interrelationship of ethics rules violations and malpractice claims
  • The potential for liability to non-clients
  • Estate planning malpractice hazard zones
► July 25: Estate Planning for and Administration of Digital Assets
Register online June 28 – July 18.
What’s your user name and password? If you had asked your parents that question, they would have had no idea what you were talking about. Today, most of us (and our clients) have a pervasive online presence in numerous “places” in cyberspace and in a variety of ways as active participants and passive observers, along with numerous user names and passwords. During this teleconference, we will discuss:

  • What are digital assets?
  • Contractual provisions imposed by electronic services providers
  • Estate planning document provisions to facilitate gaining access to and handling of digital assets
  • Impact of applicable laws including the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act
► Aug. 22: Estate Planning for the 99%
Register online July 26 – Aug. 15.
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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