Essentials of Drafting Trusts in Virginia (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 3.0 Trusts and Estates Practice (Designations Information)
Price: $189 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 12/31/2023


A pre-recorded streaming AUDIO replay of the October 2020 webcast, Essentials of Drafting Trusts in Virginia.

Topics Covered

  • Learn how to draft the basic revocable trust from start to finish
  • Understand how to assess capacity to execute a revocable trust
  • Learn how to protect a trust from challenge and litigation
  • Discover methods to salvage do-it-yourself trusts and other seemingly deficient writings
  • Explore modifying the irrevocable trust—changing the unchangeable
  • Review some of the more common provisions found in trusts

What are the advantages of using a trust, rather than a will, to control the disposition of property at death and select the person designated to execute upon the decedent’s wishes? Are there still tax reasons to create revocable trusts? What kinds of irrevocable trusts are proper for the basic estate plan?

This seminar will cover the important issues in drafting trust documents, as well as provide a refresher for estate planning attorneys on these basic issues, so that they may advise their clients as to the orderly disposition of property at death through the use of revocable and irrevocable trusts.


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John T. Midgett
, Midgett Preti Olansen PC / Virginia Beach

John Midgett’s practice is concentrated in the related areas of estate planning, administration, and taxation, estate and fiduciary litigation, and family business planning. He has previously spoken and written on various topics relating to estate planning, taxation, probate, elder law, and family businesses.

In addition to his busy practice and speaking schedule, Mr. Midgett is actively involved in the Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council (President, 2010–2011), and the Duke University Estate Planning Council.  He has served as chair of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Virginia State Bar.  He has also served as chair of the Trusts and Estates Section of The Virginia Bar Association and is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.

Mr. Midgett  is an AV-rated attorney as well and is included in the 2006–2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America®. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has been designated as an Accredited Estate Planner® by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.

Alison R. Zizzo, Midgett Preti Olansen PC / Virginia Beach

Alison R. Zizzo is a Shareholder at Midgett Preti Olansen and concentrates her practice in trust and estate litigation, including fiduciary disputes, beneficiary representation, guardian and conservatorships, and elder law. She has extensive civil litigation experience and can handle a variety of general litigation matters, including business disputes, collection and defense of debts, and contract disputes. In addition, she handles complex trust and estate administration matters, assisting families with trust and estate administration issues, as well as litigation that may arise during the course of administration.

In 2014 and 2015, Ms. Zizzo was selected by her peers to be included in Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite in the category of Young Lawyer and in the category of Taxes/Estate/Trusts/Elder Law in 2015. In 2014, Virginia Super Lawyers magazine selected her as a Rising Star in the category of Estate and Trust Litigation. She has been repeatedly recognized as a Best Lawyer and Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite in the category of Taxes/Estate/Trust and Elder Law since 2017. She has further been recognized as a Top Lawyer in Coastal Virginia magazine.

Ms. Zizzo earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from Christopher Newport University, where she was awarded the Martha Woodword Scholarship for Excellence in History. She received her law degree from Regent University School of Law, where she earned Top Honors recognition in courses on Legal Research and Writing, Trial Practice, and Wills, Trusts and Estates. She has an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale Hubbell.

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