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2022 Drafting Client Engagement Letters in Trust & Estate Planning

Total Credits: 1.2 Self Study

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


Original program date 12/2/2022

Client engagement letters are the foundation of a successful representation in trust and estate planning, administration or fiduciary litigation.  It’s where expectations are set – about fees, timelines, and who you are representing. Difficult issues involving conflicts of interests and decision-making can also be framed and addressed. These letters clarify goals and substantially reduce the risk of later dispute.  This program will provide you a practical guide to using client engagement letters to provide the foundation of a successful relationship in trust and estate planning, administration and litigation.

•    Most important elements of successful client engagement letter
•    Spousal representations – joint representation or separate, and practical difficulties of each
•    Representing multiple generations of a family – who is in charge?  
•    Lawyer as fiduciary – what must you do if you’re the trustee
•    How to handle extant or developing client incapacity
•    Ongoing communication and billing issues
•    Providing for withdrawal from an engagement – when and how

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 ethics, elimination of bias or Kansas credit.


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