Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning

Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning

Organizer: Strittmatter Wealth Management Group, LLC
Instructors: Josh W. Strittmatter, CFP®, CRC® and Kelly Buchfink, CFP®

Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning

Organizer: Strittmatter Wealth Management Group, LLC
Instructors: Josh W. Strittmatter, CFP®, CRC® and Kelly Buchfink, CFP®

Up-Coming Courses

January 2022
September 2022
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ESTATE PLANNING IS A COMPLEX AND CONFUSING AREA OF OUR LIVES

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.
REGISTER TO LEARN
  • The benefits and importance of having an estate plan

  • The differences between wills and trusts

  • How to plan for incapacitation and what to do when a loved one dies

  • How to avoid probate and its associated costs, and minimize taxes

  • Strategies to protect your assets from creditors and the government

WHAT THIS COURSE INCLUDES:
  • Classroom Instruction and Course Textbook

  • Tools to Develop a Personalized Estate Plan

  • “Big Picture” Strategy Tools for your Personal Estate

  • Complimentary Estate Plan Consultation

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Course Syllabus

BASICS OF ESTATE PLANNING
Often the hardest part of any planning is just getting started. 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.

YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  1. Estate Planning Defined
  2. Introduction of Estate Planning
  3. Objectives While Living
  4. Objectives at Death
  5. Ten Most Common Mistakes
PLANNING FOR INCAPACITATION
Unfortunately, unforeseen illnesses and accidents happen in life. Planning ahead for these events is imperative to making 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.

YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  1. What is Incapacitation
  2. How it Can Affect You
  3. Key Documents Needed
  4. What to do With Your Incapacitation Documents
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.

YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  1. What is a Will and Do I Need One
  2. Disadvantages of Dying Without a Will
  3. Advantages  of Having a Will
  4. Disadvantage of a Will-Only Estate Plan
  5. When to Revisit Your Will
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.
YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
  1. What is Probate
  2. Advantages of Going Through Probate
  3. Costs Associated with Probate
  4. Avoiding Probate
DIRECT TRANSFER
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.
YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
  1. What is Direct Transfer
  2. Gifting While You’re Alive
  3. Beneficiary Forms: Don’t Leave Home Without Them
  4. Account Registrations: TOD and POD
  5. Joint Ownership Community Property in Texas
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.
YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
  1. What is a Trust
  2. Benefits of Trusts
  3. Disadvantages of Trusts
  4. Types of Trusts: Testamentary vs. Living
  5. Types of Trusts: Revocable vs. Irrevocable
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.
YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
  1. Taxes Coming and Going
  2. Income Tax
  3. Estate Tax
  4. Gift Tax
  5. Generation Skipping Tax
  6. Capital Gains Tax
  7. Estate Tax Example
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.
YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
  1. Bypass Trust
  2. Irrevocable Living Trust
  3. Qualified Terminable Interest Property (QTIP)
  4. Special Needs Trust
  5. Medicaid Planning and Long-Term Care
  6. Miller Trusts
  7. Family Limited Partnerships
  8. Survivor Planning
  9. What to do When a Loved One Dies

Testimonials From Students

My wife and I attended this course at the local college to make sure our Wills were in order.  We gained so much more than expected from this class!  The instructors made the topic of estate planning relatable and understandable.  We left the course feeling empowered and armed with knowledge we needed to plan our estate with confidence.

Lew Flowers, Burleson, TX

After my husband passed, I felt confused and overwhelmed with what to do for my children and grandchildren to make sure that I wasn’t a burden on them.  This course helped me decide on the right estate planning tools so at the time of my death, my family would be taken care of. I can’t stress enough how important this course is.  My only regret is not taking it sooner!

Debbie Kurz, Flower Mound, TX

My husband and I have a blended family.  To say estate planning for us was messy and emotional was an understatement.  We had expectations of learning the basics of estate planning but this class taught so much more.  We were taught strategies that helped us handle the emotional side of estate planning and asset transfers to family members.  Anyone who has a less than traditional and more complicated family structure should absolutely take this course.

Cindy Schrimpsher, North Richland Hills, TX
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