35th Annual Trusts and Estates Seminar

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Live on Site: Tuesday, October 18 / Lexington
  Thursday, October 20 / Williamsburg
  Thursday, October 27 / Fairfax
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:10 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 6.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Video on Site Options


Why Attend?

Your best source for current case/legislative news. Plus hear our experts give their analysis on timely topics and provide practical tips for your practice.

  • Important Updates on Federal and Virginia Tax Developments, Cases, and Legislation
  • Income Tax Basis Issues at Death
  • Virginia Fiduciary Litigation — What is the impact of this litigation on your estate planning practice?
  • Thorsen v. RSPCA held attorneys who draft wills are liable to the intended beneficiaries of their services. Explore the malpractice aspects and ethical issues as to who is your client.

Cosponsored with the Trusts and Estates Section of the Virginia State Bar
Supported by The Trust Company of Virginia

One day, six speakers, fantastic topics.

You need practical, real-world information on planning, drafting documents, and administering estates, something you can put to use every day. This year’s conference features topics that are extremely important for your estate planning practice.

You also want to keep up with the latest case law and statutory changes. Howard Zaritsky and Bill Gray, two widely recognized speakers and practitioners, provide written updates on important developments in Virginia and federal law.

The written materials are simply invaluable: “Priceless.” They will serve as a great reference tool for many, many years in your office.


Can't Attend?
Attend one of the 10 video replays offered statewide in November.
E-mail distance_ed@vacle.org to be notified when/if this program is made available as an online or USB seminar.
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8:30 Registration
9:00 The Year in Review: An Estate Planner’s Perspective of Recent Tax Developments
Howard Zaritsky (Outline Author)

Current legislation, IRS regulations and rulings, and case law covering estate taxes, gift taxes, generation-skipping transfer taxes, special valuation rules, and income taxes.

Virginia Developments in Estate Planning and Administration
J. William Gray, Jr. (Outline Author)

The latest on new Virginia legislation and case law.

11:00 Break
11:15 Income Tax Basis Issues at Death
Kevin L. Stemple

With potential increases in capital gains rates and the new investment income tax, it is important that attorneys understand basis rules.

Subtopics will be:

  • Basis adjustment at death
  • Basis issues related to business entities
  • IRD
  • Federal reporting requirements (forms 706, 8971)
  • Carry-over basis
12:30 Lunch (provided at live program only)
1:15 Thorsen — Does It Send Chills Down Your Spine? (Ethics)
Frank A. Thomas III

To whom do you as a lawyer owe duties? In some cases you may have more clients on a   particular matter than you thought and in others you may have duties to persons who are not your clients. The recent case of Thorsen v. RSPCA addressed some of these issues when it held that a drafting lawyer of a will was liable to a will beneficiary for drafting errors. This presentation will address both the ethical and liability issues of the duties of lawyers to third parties and persons whom the lawyer might not immediately identify as the lawyer’s clients.

2:30 Break
2:40 Lessons from Virginia Fiduciary Litigation Cases
Michael H. Barker, Kristen Frances Hager,
Meghan Gehr Hubbard, Stephen W. Murphy, William I. Sanderson  

This session will provide an overview of asset protection planning to fit every estate planning client, from the basics of titling property and accounts, to the treatment of retirement accounts, to the complex rules regarding asset protection trusts. Several recent cases provide a backdrop for understanding how estate plans can be structured, and estates and trusts administered, to protect a client’s assets.

4:10 Adjourn



Alvi Aggarwal, Yates Campbell & Hoeg LLP / Fairfax
Michael H. Barker, McGuireWoods LLP / Richmond
Carter R. Brothers, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC / Roanoke
Kristen Frances Hager, McGuireWoods LLP / Richmond
Meghan Gehr Hubbard, McGuireWoods LLP / Richmond
Stephen W. Murphy, McGuireWoods LLP / Charlottesville
John B. O'Grady, McGuireWoods LLP / Richmond
Katherine E. Ramsey, Virginia Estate & Trust Law, PLC /Richmond
C. Arthur Robinson, II, Wolcott Rivers Gates / Virginia Beach
William I. Sanderson, McGuireWoods LLP / Washington, DC
Kevin L. Stemple, Yates Campbell & Hoeg LLP / Fairfax
Frank A. Thomas III, Frank A. Thomas, III, PLC / Orange


J. William Gray, Jr., Hunton & Williams LLP / Richmond
Howard M. Zaritsky, Attorney at Law / Rapidan

Locations, Dates and Fees

(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials.)

$255* regular registration (without printed materials).
$285 regular registration plus printed materials.
$240* preregistering VSB Trusts and Estates Section member (without printed materials).
$270 preregistering VSB Trusts and Estates Section member plus printed materials.
$300 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

*Available until 3 business days before the program


Lexington / Tuesday, October 18
Hampton Inn Lexington—Historic District (Venue Website / Google Map)
401 E. Nelson Street
(540) 463-2223

Williamsburg / Thursday, October 20
Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center (Venue Website / Google Map)
6945 Pocahontas Trail
(757) 220-2250

Fairfax / Thursday, October 27
Waterford at Fair Oaks (in the Fair Oaks Shopping Mall property ― behind the Extended Stay America Hotel) (Venue Website / Google Map)
12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
(703) 352-3200

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Lower Registration Fee and Greater Functionality with Downloadable E-Book Seminar Materials

ALL seminar registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. E-book materials are searchable, easily accessible, and efficient to use.

When registering, please be sure to provide a legible, valid e-mail address to which Virginia CLE® can send a link to the e-book materials.

Registrants who elect a registration option that includes downloadable e-book seminar materials only and not the printed materials will receive, at the seminar, a short, printed seminar outline with space to take notes.

Printed Materials: You still have the option of receiving a complete set of printed materials for a higher registration fee. Registrants who choose this option will receive printed materials at the program.


To receive access to the downloadable e-book materials BEFORE the seminar AND register for the lower fee, your registration must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. three business days before the seminar. A link to the downloadable e-book materials will be e-mailed to you two business days before the seminar. Once you download the materials, you can review them and print the portions you want to bring with you to the seminar.

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