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2021 Family Feuds in Trust & Estate Planning: Counseling Clients About Dispute Avoidance

Total Credits: 1.2 Self Study

Practice Area:
Trusts, Estate Planning & Probate
Audio and Video


Original program date 10/14/2021

Family feuds are the most destructive force in trust and estate planning. When a senior generation of a family dies or decides to pull back from leading a family business, long suppressed rivalries, disputes and inter-personal conflicts rise to the surface and have often a substantially adverse impact on the business’s operations and value. These disputes often place planners in the extremely difficult spot of having gain the trust of warring factions, understand their grievances, and use the tools of planning to help them and the company find a value-preserving resolution of their conflicts. This program will provide you with a real-world guide to identifying and resolving family feuds in trusts.

•    Sources of family feuds in trusts and techniques to resolve short of litigation
•    Disputes involving distributions, control of family assets, personal rivalries, lack of communication
•    Techniques for resolution – outside consultants, ongoing family meetings, lifetime gifting, distribution standards 
•    How choosing trustees can provoke or dampen family disputes
•    How to work with warring family factions while protecting yourself as lawyer 

Note: This material qualifies for self-study credit only. Pursuant to Regulation 15.04.5, a lawyer may receive up to six hours of self-study credit in a reporting year. Self-study programs do not qualify for GAL Certification, ethics, elimination of bias or Kansas credit.


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