Total Credits: 1.2 MCLE, 0.0 Kansas Credit
Other than a personal residence, the largest single asset class consists of financial assets. These accounts may be 401(k)s or IRAs, annuity or insurance contracts, or a variety of brokerage or bank accounts. The crucial planning aspect of these types of accounts or contracts is that they can be transferred through beneficiary designations. Though a seemingly simple expedient, beneficiary designations vary among types of accounts and each comes with its own nuances – and traps, which can lead to severely adverse tax and practical outcomes. This program will provide you with a real-world guide to understanding, reviewing, and drafting beneficiary designations in trust and estate planning.
• How beneficiary designations vary depending on the type of custodial account involved
• Differences among retirement accounts, bank accounts, brokerage accounts, life insurance policies
• How designations differ depending on the type of beneficiary – individual, institutional, trust, etc.
• “Payable on Death” agreements for bank accounts
• Practical guidance on how designations are made & common drafting traps