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Special discount for NAEPC members to attend
Society of FSP Audio/Web Conference:
The Glenn Neasham Case: Lessons Learned

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Message from the President

PhotoClark B. McCleary, CLU, ChFC, MSFS, AEP®
McCleary & Associates
Houston, Texas

Dear Colleagues,

In my March letter I asked you to consider the many excellent reasons that you should apply for your Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) designation. Many of you did exactly that because Susan Austin Carney, JD, NAEPC's Designation Administrator in our Cleveland headquarters, reports a significant increase in application requests. If you do not hold that designation or were not one of the responders during the past month, please do contact Susan now so that every member of a local estate planning council can demonstrate a commitment to his/her clients that they are dealing with a professional who is confident enough in her/his abilities to subscribe to the TEAM concept of estate planning. Let's have hundreds more attending our AEP® Hour at our National Conference in Orlando on November 7 -9!

Although earning the AEP® designation is one of the most important and valuable benefits available to NAEPC members, it is far from being the only significant reason for your local council to enjoy NAEPC membership. Our Member Benefits Committee has done a remarkable job in its short existence by creating over 40 relationships with firms who offer discounts to you in goods and services that all relate specifically to your estate planning practice. Utilizing just a few of these discounts can save you several times the amount you pay in local council dues! Scroll down within this newsletter in order to view all the benefits available to you. And while we are on the subject of Member Benefits, I want to personally thank the Chair of that committee, Cindy Causby, CTFA, AEP®, and her committee members, M. Eileen Dougherty, CTFA, CFP®, AEP®, ChFC®, Pettus C. Gibbons, MEd, CLU®, ChFC®, LUTCF, AEP®, Paul S. Viren, CLU®, ChFC®, AEP®, and NAEPC Administrator Eleanor M. Spuhler. These dedicated professionals are just four of the dozens of board and committee volunteers from almost every state who make NAEPC the vibrant and growing professional association that is has become!

Finally, I mentioned above our National Conference in Orlando. John O'Meara, JD, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®, AEP®, and his National Conference Committee have once again put together an outstanding program. Every first time attendee with whom I have visited over the past several years has expressed his/her pleasant surprise over the quality of the speakers, the involvement of the sponsors and exhibitors, and the opportunity to rub shoulders and visit with the top practitioners in the estate planning profession during the breaks in the Exhibit Hall and during the other social events that are so much an integral part of the conference. It is now only April, but November 7 - 9 will be here before we know it, so block off those dates on your calendar now and register to attend early. Some of you with young children or grandchildren may want to piggy-back some extra days at Walt Disney World, and others may want to enjoy the Festival of the Masters art show or the Epcot® International Food & Wine Show. I look forward to saying hello to each of you at the Buena Vista Palace in just a few short months!


Who Are We?

Reflections on the Values of NAEPC...
It is hard to believe that I have now held the Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) designation for 16 years. The meaning and the reasons for wanting to acquire the designation have not changed over this timeframe, but have only been reinforced with the passage of time. There are six professional designations that have long been associated with the field of estate planning. However, with the possible exception of the CTFA designation, these professional designations do not connote a practice or expertise exclusively devoted to estate planning. Read more.

Gary L. Flotron, MBA, CLU, ChFC, AEP®


NAEPC National Website


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49th Annual Conference scheduled from November 7 - 9, 2012
in Orlando, Florida

BannerPlease plan on joining us from November 7 - 9, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. The hosting property, Buena Vista Palace, is near Downtown Disney and the conference is timed to be near both the Festival of the Masters art show and the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival… this conference provides a perfect opportunity to plan a family vacation or some extra time away! Conference attendees are eligible to take advantage of special Walt Disney World® discounts too!

Here are just a few of the reasons to attend…

  • Two full days of multi-disciplinary technical education led by nationally recognized presenters
  • National, multi-disciplinary continuing education credit for estate planning related disciplines
  • Participate in an exchange of ideas
  • Exciting supplemental events, including a 2 or 3-day companion program and a welcome reception
  • Network with trust & estate practitioners from across the country
  • Experience the Walt Disney World® Resort, special attendee-only discounts, and exciting Disney events scheduled during the program dates

The annual conference always boasts an intriguing companion program, and 2012 will be no exception! Our exciting excursions include a trip to Kennedy Space Center, "Afternoon Tea & Three Hot Laps" at the Richard Petty Driving Experience, and Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Tour. Two- and three-day packages are available and include breakfast and social events.

Scheduled speakers...

  • Jonathan G. Blattmachr, Esq., AEP® (Distinguished)
    • The Future of Estate Planning
  • Herbert Chasman, JD, CLU®, ChFC®, AEP® (Distinguished)
    • Life Insurance in Business Succession Planning
  • Jeremiah W. Doyle, IV, JD, LL.M. (taxation), LL.M. (banking law), AEP® (Distinguished)
    • Income and Estate Tax Planning for Art and Collectibles
  • Robert S. Keebler, CPA, MST, AEP® (Distinguished)
    • The Mathematics of Estate Planning
  • Caryn B. Keppler, JD, EPLS, AEP®
    • Same Sex Marriage Planning
  • Ray D. Madoff, JD, LL.M.
    • Mediation in Estate Matters
  • Jeffrey N. Pennell, JD
    • Annual Update
  • David Pratt, JD, LL.M.
    • Capitalizing on the Castle: Planning for Personal Residences & Vacation Homes
  • Bruce M. Stone
    • Ethical Issues of a Multi-Disciplinary Team
  • Diana S.C. Zeydel, JD, LL.M.
    • GRAT Versus Installment Sales Comparison
  • Gary L. Flotron, MBA, CLU®, ChFC®, AEP® moderating a 2-hour panel discussion with:
    Lawrence Brody, JD, LL.M., AEP® (Distinguished)
    Richard A. Schwartz, FSA, MAAA, CLU®
    Richard M. Weber, MBA, CLU®, AEP® (Distinguished)
    E. Randolph Whitelaw
    • The Uniform Prudent Investor Act and Trust Owned Life Insurance: The Impossible Dream or A Match Made in Heaven? UPIA Compliance, Risk Management, and the Evaluation of Permanent Life Insurance

Online hotel reservations and discounted rental car details are now available. The website will be updated as new information arrives—check in often!

Accredited Estate Planner® Designation Information

PhotoM. Eileen Dougherty, CTFA, CFP®, AEP®, ChFC®
Semper Trust Company
King of Prussia, PA

The AEP® Committee is proud to declare that 51 new AEP® applicants were approved during the first quarter of 2012. Of those applicants, 18 were submitted by NAEPC-affiliated local estate planning councils. You may recall that there are three methods by which a qualified candidate may become an AEP®; self-nomination, NAEPC board & past president nomination and affiliated estate planning council nomination. See more specific information on the council nomination process in the paragraph below. I would like to personally thank the councils that have promoted the AEP® designation. Some of you have developed your own unique methods to encourage your council members to join the 1,600+ family of AEP® designation holders. I love hearing your stories and seeing your creativity on your websites in the form of pictures, stories and "hot button" access to application forms. Please continue to share your stories with the national office or tell me yourself at the 49th Annual Conference in Orlando, FL scheduled from November 7-9, 2012.


This quarter the Palm Beach County FL Council referred 5 new AEPs® and Hampton Roads VA, referred 4 new AEPs®, and Lehigh Valley PA referred 2 new AEPs®. We feel the love and thank you for the support. Councils who have each referred one new member this quarter include; Bergen County, NJ, Boulder County, CO, Central New York, NY, Fox Valley, IL, Milwaukee E & F Forum, WI, Northwest Washington, WA, and Red River Valley, ND. Thank you for spreading the news, and in many cases leading by example, as more and more council leaders and board members earn the AEP® credential.

The Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) designation is a graduate level accreditation in estate planning obtained in addition to already recognized professional credentials within the various disciplines that make up estate planning: attorneys, accountants, insurance and financial planners and trust officers. The only multi-disciplinary designation in estate planning, it is awarded to estate planning professionals who meet special requirements of education, experience, knowledge, professional reputation, and character. See more details and download an application form.

Why should you earn the AEP® designation?

  • Gain a competitive edge...success requires setting yourself apart from the competition
  • Give the public a way to identify you as a qualified professional estate planner who has the expertise and experience necessary to handle complex estate planning and/or business succession needs
  • Acquire access to potential clients through our national searchable database
  • Tap into the resources of the NAEPC and special members' only benefits
  • Expand your networking opportunities with other estate planning professionals from across the country by attending our annual national conference and earn all of your estate planning hours required to keep the AEP® designation active and in good standing

Each year, an affiliated local or regional estate planning council in good standing may nominate candidates for the AEP® designation in each of the four (4) professional disciplines of attorney; accountant; insurance and financial planning; and trust officer. The maximum number of nominees for affiliated local or regional estate planning councils in good standing with 100 members or less will be one AEP® candidate in each of the four (4) professional disciplines specified above, plus one (1) additional candidate from any of the four (4) named disciplines. The maximum number of nominees for affiliated local or regional estate planning councils in good standing with more than 100 members will be two (2) AEP® candidates in each of such four (4) professional disciplines, plus two (2) additional candidates from any of the four (4) named disciplines.

These AEP® candidates must have fifteen (15) or more years of experience engaged in estate planning and estate planning activities in one or more of the professional disciplines described above and will be subject to the current AEP® qualifications and requirements, except that the requirements for professional references and affiliated local or regional estate planning council membership verification will be waived. The application fee for Council AEP® candidate nominees will be fifty percent (50%) of the regular application fee. (The current AEP® application fee is $250.00; therefore, the current application fee for Council AEP® candidate nominees is $125.00.) Council-nominated candidates are subject to all annual AEP® membership dues and re-certification requirements.

Nominations for these AEP® Candidates must be in the form of a board of director's resolution signed by the council president and one additional council officer of the affiliated local or regional estate planning council. A form can be found with the council-nominated application at the following web address:

Please join NAEPC in congratulating the newest recipients of the Accredited Estate Planner® designation:

Robert F. Baldwin, LL.B., AEP® Syracuse, NY
Keith B. Braun, JD (Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates), AEP® Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Robert P. Burke, CLU®, ChFC®, AEP® Virginia Beach, VA
Christopher N. Carlson, CFP®, AEP® Columbus, GA
G. Bert Clark, Jr., JD, CLU®, CFP®, CAP®, AEP® Atlanta, GA
John G. Craten, CFP®, CDFA, AEP® Baltimore, MD
Lori W. Denison, CLU®, ChFC®, AEP® Jupiter, FL
Roberto Espinosa, CLU®, ChFC®, CAP®, AEP® San Antonio, TX
Diane K. Foxman, Esq., AEP® Lansdale, PA
James O. Garner, CLU®, ChFC®, AEP® Dallas, TX
Philip Herzberg, CFP®, MSFS, AEP® Miami, FL
Peter M. Huber, JD, AEP® Norfolk, VA
Jefferson K. Jarrell, CLU®, ChSNC, AEP® Hurricane, WV
Michael L. Kohner, CPA, AEP® West Palm Beach, FL
David G. Kreeft, CLU®, ChFC®, AEP® Las Vegas, NV
John W. Lohre, JD, AEP® Glendale, WI
Matthew J. Lueder, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®, CAP®, CASL, AEP® Milwaukee, WI
Donald A. McDade, CFP®, CFS, ChFC®, CLU®, CRPC, LUTCF, AEP® Pittsburgh, PA
Susan G. Messier, CPA, AEP® Norfolk, VA
Christine Anne Myers, CPA, AEP® Cleveland, OH
Walter Furr Putnam, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®, AEP® Charlotte, NC
Ceil Schneider Randell, JD, CFP®, AEP® West Palm Beach, FL
Harris R. Reinstein, CLU®, ChFC®, AEP® Ridgewood, NJ
Mark A. Rizzo, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL, AEP® Schaumberg, IL
Robert M. Roach, CLU®, ChFC®, AEP® Columbus, OH
Neil L. Rose, JD, LL.M. (taxation), AEP® Virginia Beach, VA
Brett Neil Rosen, CLU®, AEP® New York, NY
James A. Schmidt, Jr., CPA, AEP® Fargo, ND
Laurie A. Siebert, CPA, CFP®, AEP® Bethlehem, PA
Richard Murice Tange, CPA/PFS, AEP® Houston, TX
Marilynne B. Tarrall, CPA, CFP®, MBA, MSTax, AEP® Boulder, CO
Walter V. Tchirkine, CPA, MS Taxation, AEP® Oakland, CA
Gary Vawter, CFP®, AEP® Columbus, OH
Helen Crump Wells, JD, AEP® Montgomery, AL

Member Benefits, Programs & Services

NAEPC strives to offer our designees, councils and the affiliated local council membership high quality benefits, programs and services at value pricing. We continually look for opportunities that will enhance the value of your membership and make your practice more efficient.

Featured Benefit

Society of FSP Audio/Web Conference: The Glenn Neasham Case: Lessons Learned
Monday, April 30, 2012 · 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm ET

EVERY advisor...EVERY planner...EVERY agent
who has ever sold a product or given advice to someone 65 or older needs to be at this webinar.

Program Overview

In 2008, insurance agent Glenn Neasham sold an indexed annuity to a female senior citizen in the state of California, where such sales are approved for people her age. He was later arrested and convicted of felony grand theft on the claim that the woman was suffering from dementia at the time of the sale. In the course of his defense, he has lost his license, his home, his assets, and his dignity. He now subsists on charity while waiting to see if he will get a new trial or return to jail to finish out his sentence.

This program is a live interview with attorneys and agents on the facts that brought this case to trial, what Neasham might have done to prevent the problem, and what you can do to avoid finding yourself in a similar situation. Richard M. Weber, MBA, CLU, AEP® (Distinguished), a consultant to insurers and their agents on the topic of effective and ethical selling, will moderate a discussion of the case with industry experts John Olsen, CLU, ChFC, AEP®, Marc Silverman, MBA, CLU, ChFC, CFP®, Guy Kornblum, JD, Burke Christensen, JD, CLU, and national reporter Steven Morelli. The program is NOT to judge the guilt or innocence of Glenn Neasham but to inform attendees of the new thresholds of peril in selling products to seniors.

Attendees will explore:

  • The facts of the case as they were presented at trial
  • The California statute under which criminal charges were brought
  • The ethical issues surrounding sales to the elderly
  • The lessons to be learned

Featured Speakers:

Richard M. Weber, MBA, CLU, AEP® (Distinguished), is a 44-year veteran of the life insurance industry, having been a successful agent, an insurance company executive, and now a consultant to insurers and their agents on the topic of effective and ethical selling. Author of more than 200 articles encompassing products, sales practices, and the due diligence necessary to buy and sell insurance, his newest book is Revealing Life Insurance Secrets: How the Pros Pick, Design, and Evaluate Their Own Policies, published by Marketplace Books. Mr. Weber has been a member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals since 1974 and currently serves as secretary of its board of directors. In addition, Mr. Weber was inducted into the NAEPC Estate Planning Hall of Fame® in 2009.


Burke Christensen, JD, CLU
Guy Kornblum, JD
John L. Olsen, CLU, ChFC, AEP®
Marc Silverman, MBA, CLU, ChFC, CFP®
Steven A. Morelli (reporter who brought the case to national attention)

NAEPC members and members of affiliated local councils receive a $20 discount off the non-member price of $99.95 – use the link below to receive the $79.95 discounted price. There is no charge for current Society of FSP members. See online registration.

New Educational Programs, Benefits, Programs & Services!

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BizActions has been a leader in the e-newsletter industry for over 10 years and maintains a strong reputation among professional service firms and related associations. As a “Best in Class” provider of e-newsletters and integrated online solutions, BizActions has been helping professional service firms dispense valuable and relevant information on a timely basis, generate and identify qualified leads, enhance brand awareness, improve market visibility, retain clients, measure return on marketing investment and build their business one impression at a time. What can BizActions suite of tools do for your estate planning practice?

  • Enhance your client relationships with consistent communications and thought leadership - with a complete e-marketing solution that is easy and customizable.
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  • Expand new business opportunities with targeted marketing campaigns - nurture prospects, clients and referral resources by sending out communications at consistent regular intervals.
  • What are your options with BizActions estate planning e-newsletters?
  • Newsletter delivery frequency: up to 2 times per month.
  • Plus "on-demand" email radar messaging to targeted groups.
  • An extensive library of current articles in legal practice categories that include: estate planning issues, wills, probate, investments, trusts and general family planning topics.
  • For inclusion in your email newsletter, we provide a comprehensive online catalog of re-usable banners that emphasize your firm's focus, strengths, and skills.
  • An online branded estate planning guide posted to your website or linked to the newsletter showcases professional expertise.
  • Dashboards to get a direct link to newsletter readership one click away from your computer desktop.
  • Deliver specific content to specific groups with specific frequency.
  • Target specific messages based on what people are reading.
  • Direct unlimited customer support anytime during normal business hours.
  • Delivery rates will be higher than other email newsletters due to our personal sending domain technology. CAN-Spam compliant.

BizActions will offer NAEPC members 20% off of the standard BizActions pricing for estate planning and legal e-newsletters (an additional 3-year discount program may also apply). This pricing includes use of the full integrated BizActions solution launching a fully customizable estate planning e-newsletter 2 times per month. Due to the nature of this product, orders are handled by a sales consultant. Each client is assigned a team including a sales consultant and a customer service representative. Call Brenda Sleeper at 866.240.8477 ext. 202., a Community Destination—see more information is a community destination developed by Penton Media's Wealth Management Group who produces two of the leading financial trade publications, Registered Rep. and Trusts & Estates. As a community member you will have the ability to establish a profile that will give you valuable targeted exposure to the community. You will also have ongoing access to Penton's financial service properties and expertise which includes a Concierge Program that will support you as needed to effectively market to your prime audience in a way no other website can offer. The Concierge Program can provide you with an initial competitive analysis so you can gauge the market and where you're currently positioned. Penton is then able to help you develop content including white-papers, press releases, videos and webinars. Content can then be plugged into a lead generation program like an eblast or newsletter and distributed to a database of over 280,000 professionals.

Because of this new partnership, NAEPC members and members of affiliated local councils can take advantage of a 50% discount on gold and platinum community profiles! Simply enter "NAEPC" as the discount code when prompted.

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We are very proud to make the following benefits available to you at reduced prices or substantial discounts:

  • ABA Book Publishing / The ABA Checklist for Family Heirs
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  • Evaluation Services Inc.
  • Family Business Magazine
  • Florida Domicile Handbook
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  • Trusts & Estates, $129 discount subscription
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Please remember… all members must utilize a user name/password to access detailed ordering links and information. If you are an At-large member or member of a council that utilizes passwords on a website hosted by NAEPC, you can use the "I forgot my password" option. Others should contact NAEPC with questions about the appropriate user name/password combination.

Council Relations Committee Updates

Joanna Averett, MBA, CFP®, CIF®, AEP®
First American Trust
San Bernardino, CA

Did you know? NAEPC offers several referral lists and documents available for council use. Visit the "information for affiliated councils" section of the website for the full list. We also offer a variety of council-only benefits such as discounts on speaker gifts and award pieces, etc. Take a look today!

NAEPC offers all affiliated local councils website platforms at very competitive yearly rates. The platforms are continuously enhanced to include new features, many suggested by existing users. Contact the NAEPC office today to obtain information about initiating new service or upgrading your existing EPC site (including a 50% discount program for the first year of new or upgraded service!).

Estate Planning Law Specialist Designation Information

The Estate Planning Law Specialist (EPLS) designation is available to attorneys and is administered by the Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc., an attorney-run subsidiary of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. Attorneys who become board-certified under this program demonstrate a high level of professionalism and commitment to the concept of specialization. This program is currently the only program, other than certain state bar association programs which are only for residents of their particular states, accredited by the American Bar Association to Board-certify attorneys as Estate Planning Law Specialists.

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