Join Us at the 2017 STEP International Tax and Estate Planning Forum

Covering Tax Transparency, Tax Planning, and Other Estate Planning Matters During the Trump Era

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) is hosting their annual STEP International Tax and Estate Planning Forum on Thursday, May 4th, and Friday, May 5th in Los Angeles, California. As a proud sponsor of this important estate planning conference, we are looking forward to meeting and learning from some of the top minds in the estate planning industry.

Conference Schedule for the STEP International Tax and Estate Planning Forum: Around the Globe in 2017

The topics for this estate planning conference include:

  • Global tax transparency and the need for effective dialogue with onshore governments
  • Tax planning for private clients in a changing world
  • International enforcement cooperation on tax and related matters in a Trump era
  • Ethical issues for the international private client advisor
  • Privacy, transparency, and wealth planning for today’s international client

The conference also includes networking lunches on both days, as well as a networking reception.

Day One: Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm

The schedule events for Thursday are as follows:

  • 7:00 am – Continental Breakfast and Registration; Exhibits Open
  • 8:00 am – Pictet North America Advisors SA Special Presentation
  • 8:30 am – Opening Remarks by M. Katharine Davidson TEP, STEP USA Chair
  • 8:50 am – Keynote: Tax Planning for Private Clients in a Changing World
  • 9:20 am – Panel 1: International Enforcement Cooperation on Tax and Related Matters in a Trump Era
  • 10:20 am – Networking Break
  • 10:45 am – Panel 2: Special Issues Involved in Cross Border Family and Marital Disputes
  • 11:45 am – Panel 3: Understanding the Real Needs of Wealth Owning Families Connected to Asia: Focus on Greater China and Links with U.S.
  • 12:45 pm – Lunch
  • 2:00 pm – Panel 4: Ethics and the International Advisor
  • 3:00 pm – Panel 5: Practical and Technical Issues for the Immigrating Client: Income Tax, Transfer Tax, and Immigration
  • 4:00 pm – Networking Break
  • 4:30 pm – Panel 6: The Art Market 2017: Issues and Red Flags for Collectors and Their Professional Advisors
  • 5:30 pm – Reception
  • 8:00 pm – Dinner on your own in Laguna Beach

 

Day Two: Friday, May 5, 2017, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

The schedule events for Friday are as follows:

  • 8:00 am – Continental Breakfast and Registration; Exhibits Open
  • 8:55 am – Opening Remarks by Lawrence H. Heller TEP, Former U.S. Council Representative for STEP Worldwide
  • 9:00 am – Keynote: Global Tax Transparency and the Need for Effective Dialogue with Onshore Governments
  • 10:00 am – Panel 7: Challenges of Cross-Border Trust and Estate Administration
  • 11:00 am – Networking Break
  • 11:30 am – Panel 8: Advanced Planning for the U.S. Beneficiaries of Foreign Trusts: Technical Session by a Panel of U.S. Tax Practitioners
  • 12:30 pm – Lunch
  • 1:30 pm – Panel 9: Does My Family Need Family Governance or a Family Office?
  • 2:30 pm – Panel 10: Exchanging Information by Fair Means or Foul: The Impact on Wealth Planning and Structure for International Private Clients
  • 3:30 pm – Networking Break
  • 4:00 pm – Panel 11: U.S./Canada: U.S. New Canadian-style Deemed Disposition Rules: Put on Your Income Tax Hat
  • 5:00 pm – Sponsor Drawings, Final Remarks and Close

See the full conference brochure here.

How to Register for the STEP International Tax and Estate Planning Forum

If you are a STEP member, you only have to pay $895. Otherwise, the cost of admission for non-members is $995.

Registering for the conference is simple. Follow these steps:

  1. Click this URL https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1866050
  2. Enter your email address and select the registration type, then click “Continue”
  3. Follow the instructions provided to complete your registration

Shortly after registering, you should receive a confirmation email that includes information about the event.

Where to Stay When Attending the STEP International Tax and Estate Planning Forum

The conference will be held at the Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, CA. You can stay there for the most convenient location or you are welcome to stay anywhere else in the area. Room availability is on a first-come-first-serve basis, so you should book your hotel room promptly to ensure you get a room before they sell out.

We are excited to sponsor and attend this conference and hope to see you there. You can meet the Alliance Trust Company of Nevada team at the International Estate Planning Institute for a cup of coffee or a handshake and hello. Email Greg Crawford

What You Need to Know About the STEP 13th Annual International Estate Planning Institute

Discover the Latest Developments Regarding International Estate Planning

STEP New York, STEP Mid-Atlantic, and the New York State Bar Association are hosting an important conference from March 23rd to March 24th in New York City – the 13th Annual International Estate Planning Institute. This is one of the premier estate planning conferences, and the panel includes distinguished guest speakers from around the world to discuss the most pressing topics for international estate planning in 2017.

At the International Estate Planning Institute, you will have the chance to meet and interact with bankers, accountants, trust and estate practitioners, and professionals from other related fields. Keep reading to learn more about this highly anticipated event.

What You Get From the International Estate Planning Institute

According to the International Estate Planning Institute agenda, you can expect to learn more about the following topics:

  • U.S. Taxation of Non-U.S. Persons, Foreign Trusts and Non-Citizen Spouses
  • New Developments
  • Private Placement Life Insurance: Legal and Practical Issues
  • Complex Issues in Foreign Trusts
  • Latest Developments in CRS and FATCA
  • Current Topics in Canadian – U.S. Estate and Trust Planning
  • Mexican – U.S. Estate Planning
  • Practical Issues in Moving Trusts Offshore and Onshore
  • U.S. SEC and Regulatory Issues for International Families
  • PFIC/CFC/Subpart F
  • Ethical Issues Regarding Offshore Accounts and Foreign Clients

The conference provides 13 total MCLE credits – 12 credits for Areas of Professional Practice and 1 credit for Ethics.

Day One: Thursday, March 23, 2017, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

The schedule events for Thursday are as follows:

  • 7:30 am to 8:30 am – Registration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibit Hall Open
  • 8:30 am to 9:20 am – Part I: U.S. Taxation of Non-U.S. Persons, Foreign Trusts and Non-Citizen Spouses
  • 9:20 am to 10:10 am – Part II: U.S. Taxation of Non-U.S. Persons, Foreign Trusts and Non-Citizen Spouses
  • 10:10 am to 10:30 am – Refreshment Break
  • 10:30 am to 11:20 am – New Developments
  • 11:20 am to 12:10 pm – Private Placement Life Insurance: Legal and Practical Issues
  • 12:10 pm to 1:40 pm – The Role of STEP in a Changing World
  • 1:40 pm to 2:30 pm – Complex Issues in Foreign Trusts
  • 2:30 pm to 3:20 pm – Latest Developments in CRS and FATCA
  • 3:20 pm to 3:50 pm – Refreshment Break
  • 3:50 pm to 5:30 pm – Current Topics in Canadian-U.S. Estate and Trust Planning
  • 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm – Cocktail Reception
  • 7:30 pm – Speakers Dinner

Day Two: Friday, March 24, 2017, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

The schedule events for Friday are as follows:

  • 7:30 am to 8:30 am – Registration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibit Hall Open
  • 8:30 am to 9:20 am – Mexican-U.S. Estate Planning
  • 9:20 am to 10:10 am – Practical Issues in Moving Trusts Offshore and Onshore
  • 10:10 am to 10:30 am – Refreshment Break
  • 10:30 am to 11:20 am – U.S. SEC and Regulatory Issues for International Families
  • 11:20 am to 12:10 pm – PFIC/CFC/Subpart F
  • 12:10 pm to 1:00 pm – Ethical Issues Regarding Offshore Accounts and Foreign Clients
  • 1:00 pm – Adjourn

How to Register for the International Estate Planning Institute

If you are a STEP or NYSBA member, you only have to pay $950. Otherwise, the cost of admission is $1,150.

Registering for the conference is simple. Follow these steps:

  1. Click this URL http://www.nysba.org/store/events/registration.aspx?event=0EN34
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will see a button that says “LOGIN TO REGISTER”
  3. Click the button and create a profile if you don’t already have one
  4. Go back to the URL above and click on the button at the bottom of the page that should now say “REGISTER”
  5. Select the appropriate price option for you and enter your payment information

You should receive a confirmation email shortly after with details about the event.

Where to Stay When Attending the International Estate Planning Institute

You can choose to stay anywhere you prefer. If you would like to stay in the same hotel where the conference is located, use this dedicated booking page to book a room at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan.

Room availability won’t last long, so be sure to book your hotel room as soon as you register for the conference.

We are looking forward to this event and hope you will be there. You can meet the Alliance Trust Company of Nevada team at the International Estate Planning Institute for a cup of coffee or a handshake and hello. Email Greg Crawford

What to Expect From the 51st Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning

The Country’s Leading Conference for Estate Planners

Alliance Trust Company of Nevada is again exhibiting at 2017’s Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning. The University of Miami’s Heckerling Institute is the premiere conference for estate planning professionals in the U.S.

Heckerling is a great opportunity for us to connect with our East Coast friends of the firm.

Each year the Heckerling Institute covers the most relevant and impactful issues for trust officers, wealth management professionals, attorneys, insurance advisors, accountants, elder law specialists, educators, and nonprofit advisors.

The 51st Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning hosted by the University of Miami is scheduled for January 9th through January 13th, 2017 in Orlando, FL. Registration costs $1,080, and early registration is highly encouraged. Register online here. Your registration includes admission to all educational sessions, continental breakfasts, the Institute reception on Monday evening and a set of materials in the format of your choosing.

The sessions offered at Heckerling Institute cover a wide variety of topics, allowing attendees to follow a comprehensive program track or a specialized track that only caters to your profession. Below are brief descriptions of the programs we are most interested this year. You can learn more about all of the programs here.

Recent Developments 2016

The 2016 presidential election, among other events, has some estate planning experts recognizing new planning opportunities and strategies regarding the future. The Recent Developments 2016 program features a panel of experts, including a U.S. Treasury Department rep, that will spend four hours discussing the impacts of the presidential election and the Section 2704 Proposed Regulations, as well as other notable developments.

The estate planning presentation is split between 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm and 3:45 pm to 5:30 pm on Monday, January 9, 2017. The presentation is followed by a Q&A session on Wednesday from 10:55 am to 12:35 pm.

The opening panel is always one of the most attended and entertaining presentations at Heckerling.

The expert panel includes:

  • Dennis I. Belcher
  • Ronald D. Aucutt
  • Catherine Veihmeyer Hughes
  • John W. Porter
  • Samuel A. Donaldson
  • Amy E. Heler

 

Focus Series

This year’s Focus Series dives into the most important issues around intra-family wealth transfers, such as planning for the retirement accounts of married couples, planning with portability, business succession planning, divorce/creditor protection, and using grantor-retained annuity trusts, known as GRATs. With proposed IRS section 2704 regulations imposing major restrictions on valuation discount planning.

With proposed IRS section 2704 regulations imposing major restrictions on valuation discount planning, GRATs will be a very popular topic at this year’s Heckerling.

This program features multiple sessions Monday through Thursday. Read more about the Focus Series to check the various session dates and times.

Focus Series speakers include:

  • Lester B. Law
  • Howard M. Zaritsky
  • Carlyn S. McCaffrey
  • Christopher R. Hoyt
  • Lauren J. Wolven
  • N. Todd Angkatavanich
  • S. Stacey Eastland
  • Richard S. Franklin
  • Julie Miraglia Kwon
  • Carol A. Harrington
  • Gideon Rothschild
  • Scott L. Rubin
  • Bruce M. Stone
  • Turney P. Berry
  • Christopher J.C. Jones
  • Charles A. “Clary” Redd

 

Fiduciary Tax and Administration

The newly added Fiduciary Tax and Administration program track features sessions regarding recent fiduciary case law, fiduciary income tax issues, fiduciary duties surrounding impact investing, avoiding trustee liability in common transactions, and drafting tax efficient trusts with creditor protection.

Nevada has the best trust laws in the U.S. and is frequently recommended by practitioners in the states, and globally, for these types of estate planning strategies.

Sessions in this program run from Tuesday through Friday. Read more about the Fiduciary Tax and Administration program to see exact dates and times.

Fiduciary Tax and Administration speakers include:

  • Lauren J. Wolven
  • Todd A. Flubacher
  • Stacy E. Singer
  • Steven E. Trytten
  • Jonathan G. Blattmachr
  • Mickey R. Davis
  • Steven B. Gorin
  • Dana G. Fitzsimons, Jr.
  • Melissa J. Willms
  • Richard W. Nenno
  • Susan N. Gary
  • George L. Cushing
  • John Goldsbury
  • Christine L. Albright
  • Richard S. Kinyon
  • Timothy P. Noonan
  • Benneta Park Jenson
  • M. Ruth M. Madrigal
  • John Tyler
  • Steve R. Akers

 

International Planning

The 2017 International Planning program track includes sessions on planning for non-U.S. persons investing in the U.S., recent trends in global tax transparency, and advising clients seeking U.S. tax deductions for international charitable donations.

As noted by Bloomberg Business Week and The Economist, Nevada is a top-tiered jurisdiction for trust planning with foreign grantor trusts.

The International Planning series features five sessions on Wednesday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

International Planning speakers include:

  • Victoria B. Bjorklund
  • Michelle B. Graham
  • Scott A. Bowman
  • Ellen K. Harrison
  • Dina Kapur Sanna
  • Marnin J. Michaels
  • Joshua S. Rubenstein
  • Alan F. Rothschild, Jr.
  • Carolyn O. “Morey” Ward

 

Litigation and Tax Controversies

This year’s Litigation and Tax Controversies program explore topics on identifying critical pressure points in estate planning, the tax aspects of fiduciary litigation, avoiding malpractice claims, the role of an attorney as an expert witness, and recent cases involving fiduciaries.

The first session starts on Wednesday afternoon, and the proceeding sessions go throughout Thursday. View the full Litigation and Tax Controversies schedule here.

Litigation and Tax Controversies speakers include:

  • Dana G. Fitzsimons, Jr.
  • Melissa J. Willms
  • John W. Porter
  • S. Stacy Eastland
  • Louis A. Mezzullo
  • Robert W. Goldman
  • Margaret G. Lodise
  • Howard M. Zaritsky

 

Continuing Education

As the country’s leading conference for estate planners, The Heckerling Institute for Estate Planning provides continuing education hours where applicable. Read more about continuing education credits from the Heckerling Institute here.

Below are the maximum available hours for each profession.

Attorneys (CLE) – Between 28.5 and 34.5 hours Accountants (CPE) – 34 hours Insurance Professionals – Up to 28, depending on your state (learn more) Certified Financial Planners (CFP) – 30 hours Other Estate Planning Professionals – Between 27.75 and 33.5

If you would like to learn more about the 51st Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, read the full brochure here.

Meet the Alliance Trust Company of Nevada team at Heckerling for a cup of coffee or a handshake and hello. Email Greg Crawford

 

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