As the pandemic is getting further and further behind us, many lawyers are getting out and starting to attend continuing education courses that they may have missed while they were working from home. Multiple attorneys at Ford + Bergner LLP have had the recent honor of being asked to speak to multiple groups of lawyers in a wide range of topics in the estate, trust, and guardianship arena. These attorneys have included founding partner Don D. Ford III, estate planning associate J. Crispin Clarke, and litigation associate Samuel Hodges.
In April 2022, Ford and Clarke spoke extensively on tax issues related to trusts. The presentation covered a wide variety of tax topics, but Ford and Clarke focused primarily on the various different types of tax that can affect a trust and also the tax effects related to various types of trusts. For instance, a revocable trust has significantly different tax consequences than an irrevocable trust, and a trust created during someone’s life has different tax consequences than a trust created upon someone’s death. Ford and Clarke spoke extensively on each of these topics.
On June 1, 2022, Ford and Hodges spoke on topics related to the basic administration of a probate case. While the day-long seminar covered many topics related to probate, Hodges focused on reminding the attending lawyers of their ethical obligations when handling probate estates. Ford taught on the issues involved in closing an estate, and he also spoke on issues involved when an estate is embroiled in litigation.
Ford + Bergner LLP is a leader in the estate, trust, and guardianship practice across Texas. We value the opportunity to help other attorneys develop a deeper understanding of our practice area, and the frequent invitations for members of the firm to speak to attorneys reflects both our expertise in the area and our dedication to field.
Should you have questions regarding an estate, trust, or guardianship issue, please contact us. In the meantime, members of the firm will be speaking on June 27, September 20, and December 20 to additional groups of attorneys on a wide-ranging list of topics.