Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning™ at Tarelton State University Fort Worth Campus

Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning™ Financial Education Course at Tarleton Ft. Worth

Classroom Instruction on Estate Planning Strategies in 2023

Why attend this class?

Estate planning is complex and confusing. It is often one of the last items that people take care of because of procrastination or confusion over what is needed. Now, more than ever, it is important to have a sound estate plan in place. Without an estate plan, you lose control of the distribution of your estate, and you may incur unnecessary costs and taxes. By attending this class, you will learn more about the tools and strategies that are needed to protect your assets and give you back control over decisions that will affect you and your family moving forward.

Who should attend?

This course has valuable information for everyone. We will discuss the many ways to plan your estate as well as teach you strategies you can use to protect your assets. You will learn how to choose between a will or a trust, how your estate will be taxed, and how to protect your assets from creditors and the government. Most importantly, this course provides you with the tools you will need to make key decisions around planning your estate.

The Course Preview:

Understanding Estate Planning

Having a basic understanding of estate planning allows you to formulate a plan for what you would like to do at death or in case of incapacitation. This section is designed to help you understand the big picture of why estate planning is so important.

Planning for Incapacitation

Unforeseen illnesses and accidents happen in life. Planning ahead for these events is imperative to make sure that you maintain control over personal decisions that will affect you. This section will give you a better understanding of what is needed so that you have peace of mind over these key decisions.

Control with Wills

No one wants to be a burden to their loved ones at death. By having a will in place, you maintain control over key decisions at death and make it much easier on those you leave behind. This section will help you understand what is required and how to put one in place.

Avoiding Probate

The probate process can be complex and costly. Many people think you have to probate your estate. In this section, you will learn how to avoid probate and all of the costs associated with it.

Transferring Assets

There is always an easier way! In this section, you will learn some incredibly easy ways to transfer assets to your loved ones without any hassle. You will also learn how these methods can save you time and money.

Benefits of a Trust

Do you want even more flexibility and control than what a simple will offers? Then a trust may be right for you. In this section, you will learn all of the ins and outs of the different types of trusts and how they can benefit you.

Minimizing Taxes

It’s been said that the only two things guaranteed in life are death and taxes. Unfortunately, at death you may be exposed to a wide array of taxes. In the last few years, estate tax law has changed drastically. In this section, you will learn all about the different taxes that are owed at death and strategies on how to help avoid them.

Planning Strategies

Once you have learned the basics, it will be time to learn more advanced strategies. In this section, you will learn strategies for how to reduce costs and taxes. We will also discuss Medicaid and what you need to know now to prepare for Long-Term Care costs. In addition, you will learn what to do next when a loved one dies.

Course Syllabus Outline:

I. Basics of Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning Defined
  • Introduction to Estate Planning
  • Objectives While Living
  • Objectives at Deat
  • Ten Most Common Mistakes
II. Planning for Incapacitation
  • What is Incapacitation?
  • How Incapacitation Can Affect You
  • Key Documents Needed
  • What to Do With Your Key Documents
III. Wills
  • What is a Will and Do I Need One?
  • Disadvantages of Dying Without a Will
  • Advantages of Having a Will
  • Disadvantages of a Will-Only Estate Plan
  • When to Revisit Your Will
IV. Probate
  • What is Probate?
  • Advantages of Going Through Probate
  • Costs Associated with Probate
  • Avoiding Probate
V. Direct Transfer
  • What is a Direct Transfer?
  • Gifting While You’re Alive
  • Beneficiary Forms: Don’t Leave Home Without Them
  • Account Registrations: TOD and POD
  • Joint Ownership Community Property in Texas
VI. Trust
  • What is a Trust?
  • Benefits of a Trust
  • Disadvantages of Trusts
  • Types of Trusts: Testamentary vs. Living
  • Types of Trusts: Revocable vs. Irrevocable
VII. Taxes
  • Taxed Coming and Going
  • Income Tax
  • Estate Tax
  • Gift Tax
  • Generation Skipping Tax
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Estate Tax Example
VIII. Planning Strategies
  • Bypass Trust
  • Irrevocable Living Trust
  • Qualified Terminable Interest Property (QTIP)
  • Special Needs Trust
  • Medicaid Planning and Long-Term Care
  • Miller Trusts
  • Family Limited Partnerships
  • Survivor Planning
  • What to do When a Loved One Dies

This Course Includes:

Classroom Instruction

Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning is both enjoyable and educational. Classes are led by a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ who fills the presentation with valuable information as well as real-life examples. This interactive format encourages participation and questions are encouraged.

Course Textbook

This course includes a textbook with examples and interactive material that is yours to keep. The book is written in an easy-to-understand language and will help you follow along throughout the presentation.

Comprehensive Learning

Unlike financial seminars that focus on one topic, this course is designed to help you see the “big picture.” You will have an opportunity to learn about the many aspects of personal finance and how to build a successful will, trust, and estate plan. This course is educational, and no specific financial products are discussed or sold.

Optional Consultation

If you have questions that are personal in nature or would like to find out more about estate planning, you may arrange to meet privately with your instructor after the course is complete. This consultation is complimentary for class attendees but is not required.

Meet Your Instructors:

Josh W. Strittmatter, CFP® CRC®

Josh has been teaching Retirement Planning and several other financial subjects at many colleges and universities since 2010. His passion is education, and he believes knowledge and financial literacy are important for every person.

Kelly Buchfink, CFP®

Kelly has been in the financial industry since 2001 and enjoys applying her knowledge and experience to teaching. She enjoys educating others and hopes they gain understanding and inspiration to assist them in meeting their next financial goal.

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