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Estate Planners & Councils

The Association of Choice for Estate Planning Professionals
October 2015

Message from the President


Jordon N. Rosen, CPA, MST, AEP®
Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, PA
Wilmington, Delaware

I would like to take a moment to reflect on an exciting year of activities and initiatives within this message as my service as president of NAEPC draws to a close. It has truly been an honor to serve as your president during 2015, and I look forward to my continued involvement with the association in the years to come.

Perhaps the most exciting activity of the calendar year was the implementation of the Walter Lee Davis, Jr. and Leonard H. Neiman Council of Excellence Award program. We anxiously await the ceremony scheduled on November 18th (during Council Leadership Day) where the Baltimore, Bergen County, Boston, Chattanooga, and Riverside County Estate Planning Councils will be honored as the first-ever Council of Excellence Award recipients. In addition, we are excited to recognize the Central Arizona, Central New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Eastern New York, Greater New Jersey, Nassau County and New Orleans Estate Planning Councils as "5 Star" councils at this same ceremony.

Second, there has been much discussion among two groups of the association this year—the Multi-disciplinary Teaming (MDT) and the Philanthropic Inclusion Committees. These groups were formed to address two very specific needs. The MDT Committee is working to create practice aids and white papers that speak to our core value—the team concept of estate planning and its benefit to the client. In addition, this group will be creating consumer content to help the public understand the benefit of their group of advisors working together as a team. The Philanthropic Inclusion Committee has been meeting regularly to discuss the best way to include philanthropic professionals within the leadership of our association. You can expect to see and hear more from these committees in the months to come.

I would also like to thank the entire NAEPC board of directors and the many non-board volunteers who worked tirelessly during calendar year 2015. Your time, talent, and effort are appreciated. I would also be remiss if I did not mention the early October passing of a long-serving board member, Pettus C. Gibbons. Pete held a seat on the NAEPC board for many years and as a committee member following his board service. He will be missed by all who knew him, including his family and wife Caryn, who is also a dear friend of our association.

In closing, thank you for the opportunity to have served as the volunteer leader of this association. I offer my best wishes and full support to Lawrence M. Lehmann, JD, AEP® and the entire 2016 board of directors as they take office on December 1st.


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by Kristen E. Simmons, JD, EPLS, AEP®
As estate planners, we help our clients plan their estates in the most transfer tax efficient and protective manner. However, we are also the trusted advisors that clients call upon in the hardest times, whether those times involve an illness in the family or discord among family members. When dealing with a family going through a difficult time, the advisor must remember which family member is the client and do his or her best to act in the client's best interests.
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Conferences & Events

52nd Annual NAEPC Advanced Estate Planning Strategies Conference with Pre-conference Sessions for Council Leaders

Education & Collaboration

November 18 - 20, 2015
Amelia Island, Florida ∙ Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Register hereWhere else will you find two full days of multi-disciplinary technical education provided by nationally-known presenters in a beautiful oceanside setting, up to 15 hours of continuing education credit in just two days of sessions, and the perfect opportunity to network with estate planners from around the country...all with a competitive registration cost that includes most meals AND a reduced fee just for you—a member of an estate planning council? The 52nd Annual NAEPC Advanced Estate Planning Strategies Conference is "the place to be" for the estate planning community from November 18-20, 2015. It's not too late to register to attend!

For full program information, including speakers, topics, and continuing education details, and to download the registration brochure, please visit our website.

The 52nd Annual NAEPC Advanced Estate Planning Strategies Conference is sponsored by:


WebinarUpcoming Webinars in the
Robert G. Alexander Webinar Series

Registration Fees
$40 / Accredited Estate Planner® designee
$60 / member of an affiliated local estate planning council
$100 / individual non-member
$250 / council meeting or group gathering

Upcoming Programs

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET
Asset Protection and Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits
Edwin P. Morrow III, JD, LL.M. (tax), MBA, CFP®, RFC, Director of Wealth Transfer and Tax Planning for Key Private Bank Family Wealth Advisory Services

This advanced program will explain the differences and overlap among bankruptcy, federal (ERISA) and state law protections for retirement benefits, and how these protections may be lost or augmented through various techniques and strategies. Attendees will explore when - and how - protection can be maintained or increased without impairing the maximum tax benefit or the estate plan for the owner and their intended beneficiaries.

Ed Morrow is Director of Wealth Transfer and Tax Planning Strategies for the Key Private Bank Family Wealth Group. Before joining KeyBank, he was in private law practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a board certified specialist in Ohio in estate planning and trust law and has published several articles on tax and asset protection planning for Leimberg Information Services, Trusts and Estates, and other publications.

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Registration will be open soon for all of the webinars scheduled during 2016:

January 20, 2016 (special date)
Howard M. Zaritsky, JD, LL.M., AEP® (Distinguished) & John O'Grady
A Year in Review: An Estate Planners Perspective

February 10, 2016
Louis A. Mezzullo, JD, AEP® (Distinguished) Business Succession Planning

March 9, 2016
Richard M. Weber, MBA, CLU®, AEP® (Distinguished)
Life Insurance as an Asset Class

April 20, 2016 (special date)
Jonathan G. Blattmachr, Esq., AEP® (Distinguished)

June 8, 2016
S. Stacy Eastland, JD, AEP® (Distinguished)

August 10, 2016
Carlyn McCaffrey, LL.B., LL.M., AEP® (Distinguished)

September 14, 2016
Christopher R. Hoyt, JD, AEP® (Distinguished)

October 19, 2016 (special date)
David A. Handler, JD, AEP® (Distinguished)

December 14, 2016
Ronald D. Aucutt, JD, AEP® (Distinguished)
Top Ten Estate Planning and Estate Tax Developments of 2016

See full information about the Robert G. Alexander webinar series.
Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit is available at each webinar for Accredited Estate Planner® designees. In addition, a general certificate of completion will be made available for those professionals who feel the program satisfies their continuing education requirements and are able to self-file. It is the responsibility of the attendee to determine whether their state, discipline, or designation will allow one to self file for a distance-learning program.

Member Resources

The NAEPC Journal of Estate & Tax Planning

The NAEPC Journal of Estate & Tax Planning is a web-based library of best-in-class thought leadership appropriate for every member of every estate planning council. Visit today to view current and past issues of the publication.

Published quarterly and available at no-charge to all estate planning council members and Accredited Estate Planner® designees, The Journal is considered to be one of the top benefits of membership in NAEPC.

A new issue was released in October! Take a look today!

Member Benefit Programs

All members of affiliated local councils have access to a growing and diverse offering of benefits provided by the council's affiliation with NAEPC. As you browse, please remember that some benefits are password protected. For these special benefits 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.

Existing Benefits

Accredited Estate Planner® Designation

Professional estate planners can achieve an accreditation that acknowledges their experience and specialization in estate planning. Simply put, the Accredited Estate Planner® designation means "I believe in the team concept of estate planning."

Awarded by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils to estate planning professionals who meet special requirements of education, experience, knowledge, professional reputation, and character, the AEP® designation helps both clients and colleagues understand your belief in, and dedication to, the team concept of estate planning.

The Accredited Estate Planner® designation is available to attorneys, Chartered Life Underwriters®, Certified Public Accountants, Certified Trust and Financial Advisors, Chartered Financial Consultants®, and Certified Financial Planners® who are actively engaged in estate planning and meet stringent qualifications at the time of application and commit to ongoing continuing education and recertification requirements.

  • With a minimum of 5 years of experience, the designation is available after taking two courses through The American College.
  • For those individuals who have 15 years of experience or more, one may choose to be exempt from the required graduate-level courses in estate planning.

To learn more or to download an application, please visit

Please join us in congratulating the newest Accredited Estate Planner® designees nationwide:

James Murray Adcox III, JD, LL.M. (Estate Planning & Elder Law), EPLS, AEP®    Brentwood, TN
N. Mauldin Avinger, CFP®, AEP® Greenville, SC
Brian A. Beduze , CLU®, CFBS, AEP® Lafayette, LA
H. William Beseth, III, JD, AEP® Cleveland, OH
Alane L. Boffa, CPA, MST, AEP® Akron, OH
Kevin C. Curtis, CFP®, AEP® Carlisle, PA
David A. DiPalma, JD, CPA, CELA, EPLS, AEP® East Providence, RI
Gerald M. Dorn, JD, EPLS, AEP® Reno, NV
Brian K. Duffey , JD, AEP® Boca Raton, FL
Ross B. Feldman, CFP®, CLU®, RICP®, CASL®, CLTC, AEP® Ithaca, NY
Christen Gibbons, CLU®, ChFC®, AEP® Ithaca, NY
Arthur E. Gibbs III, JD, AEP® Cleveland, OH
Abbey L. Henderson, CFP®, AEP® Concord, MA
Andrew T. Huber, JD, LL.M. (taxation), AEP® Palm Beach, FL
Jeffrey Michael Judge, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, AEP® Baltimore, MD
Maureen A. Lyons, JD, AEP® Riverside, CA
William Franklin Marutzky, JD, CPA, LL.M. (taxation), EPLS, AEP® Chicago, IL
Edward J. McGill, CFP®, RICP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, AEP® Urbandale, IA
Elizabeth Dipp Metzger, CFP®, AEP® El Paso, TX
Nancy T. Murphy, CFP®, AEP® Indianapolis, IN
Henry T. Peck, CFP®, AEP® Tucson, AZ
Mark D. Schuchardt, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, RICP®, CFP®, AEP® Creve Coeur, MO
Ryan P. Smith, ChFC®, CASL®, CFP®, AEP® Ada, MI
Felix M. Tankersley, III, CFP®, CTFA, AEP® Birmingham, AL
Richard D. Tanner, CLU®, AEP® Cleveland, OH
Christopher W. vonLindenberg , CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, RICP®, CFS, AEP® Wilmington, DE


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