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Estate Planning Intensive Course

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You're already an expert. It's time to reap the rewards. Become a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. Get the test prep course you need to pass the Certified Specialist Exam on October 22, 2019! CEB's course will make sure you both thoroughly understand the substantive law and get the test-taking skills you need to pass the exam—and elevate your career to the next level.

 

Enrollment now open!

 

Early Bird Special—order before May 1 and pay only $2300!

(regular price: $2500).

 

If you are signed in and an owner of an Estate Planning OnLAW Library, price below reflects your additional $300 discount.

 

$ 2,300.00

Early Bird Special—Order before May 1, 2019 and pay only $2300 (regular price: $2500)

Owners of CEB's Estate Planning OnLAW Library save even more:

• When you own the Estate Planning OnLAW Library, you pay only $2200

• Combine that with our Early Bird Special and pay only $2000

Special pricing will be reflected in your shopping cart.

The Estate Planning Intensive Course

Our state-of-the-art online learning portal allows you to see and keep track of lectures, study outlines, multiple choice and essay questions, the practice exam, OnLAW readings and On Demand programs. It also includes additional study resources, and a discussion board where you can meet and network with others taking the Specialization Exam. Model answers are provided for all practice multiple choice and essay questions, including the practice exam.

Our specialization courses are all-online and flexible enough to fit your schedule, no matter how busy you are.

Why is a specialization in Estate Planning valuable?

Becoming a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning can:

• Empower attorneys to demand higher rates and improve referrals
• Signal practice credibility and authority to clients, peers, opposing counsel, and judges
• Fast-track career growth by improving estate planning expertise

    Timeline:

    May 1: You’ll get access to programs from CEB’s On Demand MCLE collection and OnLAW reading assignments that will help prepare you even before the course begins.

    Week of July 8: Our online learning portal opens and the first four lectures, with study outlines, are immediately available as On Demand programs.

    July 31: Sales of the Estate Planning Intensive Course end.

    September 1: Our self-paced mock exam, with model answers is available. We provide a review session too later in the month.

    October 22: You’ll be ready for the Specialization Exam!

    Course Perks:

    • Full practice exam, with model answers
    • Access to CEB’s entire CLE library—an incredible value
    • 12 video lectures with study outlines geared to the topics covered on the Specialization Exam (up to 18 hours of MCLE and Specialization hours)
    • Instructor-prepared study outlines every week
    • Practice multiple choice and essay questions, with model answers
    • Focused weekly reading assignments from CEB's OnLAW library (access included)

    And there's more: You'll enjoy access to all your course material for at least one month after the State Bar Specialization Exam.

    What You Will Learn:

    CEB's Estate Planning Intensive Course offers thorough coverage of critical Estate Planning topics, including:

    • PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY
    • TAX PLANNING MATTERS, TAX PROCEDURE, AND TAX RETURNS
    • ESTATE AND INCAPACITY PLANNING
    • ADMINISTRATION PROCEDURES
    • TRANSFER BY ADMINISTRATION OR OTHERWISE

     

    For a complete outline, click on the "Course Outline" tab above.

    Early Bird Special—Order before May 1, 2019 and pay only $2300 (regular price: $2500)

    Owners of CEB's Estate Planning OnLAW Library save even more:

    • When you own the Estate Planning OnLAW Library, you pay only $2200

    • Combine that with our Early Bird Special and pay only $2000

    Special pricing will be reflected in your shopping cart.

    The Estate Planning Intensive Course

    Our state-of-the-art online learning portal allows you to see and keep track of lectures, study outlines, multiple choice and essay questions, the practice exam, OnLAW readings and On Demand programs. It also includes additional study resources, and a discussion board where you can meet and network with others taking the Specialization Exam. Model answers are provided for all practice multiple choice and essay questions, including the practice exam.

    Our specialization courses are all-online and flexible enough to fit your schedule, no matter how busy you are.

    Why is a specialization in Estate Planning valuable?

    Becoming a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning can:

    • Empower attorneys to demand higher rates and improve referrals
    • Signal practice credibility and authority to clients, peers, opposing counsel, and judges
    • Fast-track career growth by improving estate planning expertise

      Timeline:

      May 1: You’ll get access to programs from CEB’s On Demand MCLE collection and OnLAW reading assignments that will help prepare you even before the course begins.

      Week of July 8: Our online learning portal opens and the first four lectures, with study outlines, are immediately available as On Demand programs.

      July 31: Sales of the Estate Planning Intensive Course end.

      September 1: Our self-paced mock exam, with model answers is available. We provide a review session too later in the month.

      October 22: You’ll be ready for the Specialization Exam!

      Course Perks:

      • Full practice exam, with model answers
      • Access to CEB’s entire CLE library—an incredible value
      • 12 video lectures with study outlines geared to the topics covered on the Specialization Exam (up to 18 hours of MCLE and Specialization hours)
      • Instructor-prepared study outlines every week
      • Practice multiple choice and essay questions, with model answers
      • Focused weekly reading assignments from CEB's OnLAW library (access included)

      And there's more: You'll enjoy access to all your course material for at least one month after the State Bar Specialization Exam.

      What You Will Learn:

      CEB's Estate Planning Intensive Course offers thorough coverage of critical Estate Planning topics, including:

      • PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY
      • TAX PLANNING MATTERS, TAX PROCEDURE, AND TAX RETURNS
      • ESTATE AND INCAPACITY PLANNING
      • ADMINISTRATION PROCEDURES
      • TRANSFER BY ADMINISTRATION OR OTHERWISE

       

      For a complete outline, click on the "Course Outline" tab above.

      AGNIESZKA K. ADAMS Roisman Henel LLP, Oakland

      Agnieszka K. AdamsAgnieszka Adams is a partner at Roisman Henel LLP, and is certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law.

      Agnieszka has been recognized by her peers as one of Northern California’s “Rising Stars” from 2012 through 2016. She is a member of the East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers and the Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Barristers Club Section of the San Francisco Bar Association. Agnieszka also volunteers her time at the Alameda County Bar Association VLSC Guardianship Clinic. Agnieszka attended the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom where she earned a Bachelor of Laws degree.

      She received her J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. Agnieszka is a native of Poland and lives with her husband and son in San Francisco.

      BETI T. BERGMAN Peninsula Law, Torrance

      Beti T. BergmanBeti Bergman is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. She focuses on probate, trust and estate administration, conservatorships, elder abuse, and trust and probate litigation. Ms. Bergman received her JD from UC Davis School of Law She also earned a Master of Science degree in applied mathematics from Long Beach State with distinction, and a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics from UCLA.

      Ms. Bergman actively serves on the board of the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers' Alliance and has served on the board of the Multi-Cultural Bar Alliance and the UCLA Asian Pacific Alumni Board of Directors. She is a past president of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers' Association, where she served on the Board of Governors for eight years.

      DAVID J. BRILLANT Brillant Law Firm, Walnut Creek

      David J. Brillant

      Super Lawyers consistently recognizes David as one of the top lawyers in Northern California. David specializes in estate planning, trust administration and probate services for clients. He is one of the few who also specializes in the subspecialty of trust and estate litigation. David has tried numerous cases representing trustees and beneficiaries over disputes large and small. David started as a complex civil litigator, handling litigation matters ranging from construction to business disputes to tax matters against the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board.

      While the vast majority of David’s work focuses on all aspects of trust and estate matters, he continues to handle business, real estate and tax matters for his clients. David is a California State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law. He received his J.D. and LL.M from Golden Gate University School of Law.

      DAWN HALL CUNNEEN Cunneen Booth LLP, Carlsbad

      Dawn Hall Cunneen

      Dawn Hall Cunneen has over 20 years of experience representing clients in estate planning, estate and gift taxation, family succession planning, post-death trust and probate administrations, and trust estate and probate litigation. In addition to her extensive litigation experience, Ms. Cunneen has significant experience working with complex family dynamics, high concentrations of commercial real estate, and unique assets. Ms. Cunneen represents lay trustees, licensed professional fiduciaries, and corporate fiduciaries in all aspects of trust and probate administration. Ms. Cunneen represents clients in will and trust contests, complicated estate accounting disputes, disputes requiring extensive forensic accounting to identify misappropriated assets, disputes regarding how a fiduciary has managed an estate (breach of fiduciary duty claims), disputes concerning the construction or interpretation of a will or trust, contested conservatorship proceedings and elder financial abuse matters. Ms. Cunneen writes and speaks on complex trust accounting and breach of fiduciary duty litigation. She writes and speaks frequently on many of these matters. Ms. Cunneen received her J.D. from California Western School of Law.

      JAMES P. LAMPING Law Offices of James P. Lamping, San Francisco

      James P. LampingJames P. Lamping, is an attorney specializing in estate planning, trust and probate administration, and litigation related to these areas. His practice is located in the Bay Area, Napa County, and Sonoma County. Mr. Lamping is certified as a specialist in estate planning, trust, and probate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He graduated cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he also earned an LL.M in Taxation.

      GREGORY J. LEDERMAN Law Offices of Gregory J. Lederman, Woodland Hills

      Gregory J. LedermanMr. Lederman represents clients in a wide variety of trust, estate, and probate matters including will preparation, living trusts, special needs trusts, probate litigation and administration, conservatorships, and trust administration. Mr. Lederman is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. He received his J.D. from the University of LaVerne College of Law.

      DAVID D. LITTLE Hartog, Baer & Hand APC, Orinda

      David D. LittleDavid Little has been practicing law for 17 years and has specialized in trust and estate law for the past nine years. David is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. While his practice is focused on estate planning and the administration of trusts and estates, he also has extensive experience in trust and estate litigation. He previously worked as a trust officer in a bank trust department. David has presented throughout California on estate planning and administration topics. He has published articles on litigating trustee compensation matters in Matthew Bender’s California Trust Litigation and California Forms of Pleading and Practice guides, and on dealing with a deceased debtor in CEB’s Debt Collection Practice guide. David currently serves as Treasurer of East Bay Trust and Estate Lawyers, and he is a past president of the East Bay Estate Planning Council. David is a graduate of the University of San Francisco, School of Law.

      JOHN R. STUBBS Law Offices of John R. Stubbs, Manhattan Beach

      John R. StubbsJohn is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. He focuses on Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration. In addition to creating estate plans, John assists families in implementing plans when loved ones pass away, and in setting up guardianships for minors, individuals with special needs, and individuals who can no longer manage their own affairs.

      John earned a masters of business administration (MBA) from University of California at Los Angeles, and a JD from Loyola Law School. In 1985, John became a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois) and has been a member of the California State Bar since 1984. John proudly served as a Naval Aviator flying the A-6 Intruder deployed aboard the USS Midway during the Vietnam conflict. Prior to his career in law, John was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Prior to Sony, he was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) advising global clients in the entertainment industry for over 18 years.

      BRIAN P. TSU Higgs Fletcher & Mack, San Diego

      Brian P. TsuBrian P. Tsu is a partner in the Trusts, Estates and Estate Planning practice group at Higgs Fletcher & Mack. Mr. Tsu advises high net worth clients in the areas of domestic and international estate and charitable planning, with particular emphasis on domestic and international business succession planning, wealth transfer planning and fiduciary income taxation. Mr. Tsu also advises clients in the context of complex estate and trust administration, particularly when tax or international issues are present.

      Mr. Tsu is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and is a Certified Specialist in both (1) Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law and (2) Taxation Law, each by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.

      Mr. Tsu serves as Vice Chair of the Estate and Gift Taxes Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and on the Taxation Executive Committee of California Lawyers Association. Mr. Tsu is a regular speaker and contributing member of the American Bar Association, Tax and Real Property, Trust & Estate Sections; the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP); the State Bar of California, Taxation and Trusts & Estate Sections; the California Society of CPAs; and the San Diego County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Section.

      NICOLE D. WARMERDAM Carr McClellan, PC, Burlingame

      Nicole D. WarmerdamMs. Warmerdam is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. She assists clients with drafting and implementing their estate plans, petitioning the probate court to resolve issues relating to estates and trusts, and navigating the process of administering estates and trusts after death. Ms. Warmerdam frequently advises clients regarding the minimization of gift, estate, and property taxes. Her practice has focused on non-tax issues affecting the planning and administration of estates and trusts, such as marriage analysis and property co-ownership for same-sex and unmarried couples, family business management succession, planning for vulnerable beneficiaries and the protection of assets from creditors. Ms. Warmerdam received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.

      Estate Planning Intensive Course Outline

                     

      Welcome to EPIC

      Instructor: Beti Tsai Bergman, Peninsula Law

      • What to expect on the exam
      • Study approaches
      • Q&A

       

      Professional Responsibility

      Instructor: James P. Lamping, The Law Office of James P. Lamping

      • Duties to clients, opposing counsel, and the Court
      • Conflict of interests/ethics
      • Fiduciary duties
      • Fee agreements
      • Bases for attorney’s fees
      • Bases for sanctions
      • Conduct resulting in malpractice/discipline
      • The client’s remedies against the attorney
      • Arbitration/mediation and dual representation                                                                             

       

      Tax Planning Matters, Tax Procedure and Tax Returns I

      Instructor: Brian P. Tsu, Higgs, Fletcher & Mack

      • Estate, gift, fiduciary, and personal income tax issues
      • Generation-skipping taxes
      • Property taxes

       

      Tax Planning Matters, Tax Procedure and Tax Returns II

      Instructor: David D. Little, HARTOG I BAER I HAND

      • Disclaimers, reformations and constructions
      • Powers of appointment
      • Tax-sensitive wills, trusts and powers of attorney
      • Modification/termination of irrevocable trusts for tax planning

      Tax Planning Matters, Tax Procedure and Tax Returns III

      Instructor: David J. Brillant, Brillant Law Firm

      • Tax opinions, memoranda, and advice letters
      • Audits, appeals, and ruling requests
      • Preparation and filing of returns
      • Payment/deferral of taxes

       

      Estate and Incapacity Planning I

      Instructor: Agnieszka K. Adams, Roisman Henel + Adams LLP

      • Wills (drafting, codicils, revocation)
      • Trusts (creation, amendment, restatement)
      • Documents of title
      • Beneficiary clauses
      • Property agreements
      • Community, separate and quasi-community property
      • Spousal and Registered Domestic Partnership rights
      • Powers of appointment

       

      Estate and Incapacity Planning II

      Instructor: Dawn Hall Cunneen, Cunneen Booth LLP

      • Retirement benefit planning
      • Business succession planning
      • Use of business entities
      • Charitable planning
      • Gifts

       

      Estate and Incapacity Planning III

      Instructor: Nicole D. Warmerdam, Carr McClellan

      • Powers of attorney
      • Health care directives
      • Issues of diminished capacity
      • Nomination of conservator/guardian
      • Use of custodianships
      • Special needs trusts
      • Disclaimers
      • Public benefits planning
      • Elder law/Medi-Cal planning
      • Elder abuse

       

      Administration Procedures I

      Instructor: Greg J. Lederman, Law Offices of Gregory Jason Lederman

      • Powers of attorney
      • Health care directives/issues
      • Conservatorships
      • Guardianships
      • Custodial accounts

       

      Administration Procedures II

      Instructor: Greg J. Lederman, Law Offices of Gregory Jason Lederman

      • Trusts (court or non-court)
      • Modification/termination of irrevocable trusts for non-tax planning
      • Accountings
      • Fiduciaries
      • Other procedures under the Probate Code

      Transfer by Administration or Otherwise I

      Instructor: John R. Stubbs, Law Office of John Roney Stubbs

      • Termination of interests with right of survivorship
      • Pay/transfer on death accounts
      • Retirement accounts
      • Contracts to convey at death/contracts regarding wills
      • Spousal set-asides

       

      Transfer by Administration or Otherwise II

      Instructor: John R. Stubbs, Law Office of John Roney Stubbs

      • Summary probate procedures
      • Formal probate
      • Will/trust contests
      • Determination of heirship
      • Constructive trusts
      • Asset ownership disputes
      • Family claims/protection procedures
      • Creditor’s claims/rights

       

      Mock Exam

       

      Review Session