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CPE Self-Study
The Estate Planning Process
NASBA FIELD OF STUDY
Specialized Knowledge
LEVEL
Intermediate
CPE CREDITS
Online: 2.5
Part of the Personal Financial Planning Estate Planning Certificate, this CPE course will provide you with a broad awareness of the foundational concepts of estate planning so you can be an effective advocate for your clients.

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Product details

Who Will Benefit?

  • CPAs and financial planners with basic knowledge of personal financial planning, and an interest in estate planning.

Key Topics

  • Fundamentals of estate planning
  • Estate tax calculations
  • Basic estate planning process
  • Instructions for care in the event of incapacity
  • Instructions for passing along the client’s values (education, religious beliefs, work ethic, etc.)
  • Nomination of a guardian for minor children
  • Provisions for family members with special needs
  • Provisions for the transfer of business interests in the event of death or incapacity

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the advantages of the probate process
  • Recall the procedure that is used to dispose of a decedent's personal and property interests
  • Identify a type of property interest that can only be held by spouses
  • Recall that certain expenses and taxes are deducted in the estate tax calculation
  • Identify property that is included in the gross estate
  • Determine the correct tax treatment for income in respect of a decedent
  • Identify the benefits of estate planning 
  • Recognize when a personal financial client is intestate 
  • Recall an estate planning recommendation that address incapacity

This CPE course can be purchased individually or as part of the Estate Planning Certificate Program.

Estate planning is not a singular event. An ongoing, dynamic process, your client’s estate plan should be reviewed and updated on a regular basis and as changes occur. As a personal financial planner, you should have a broad awareness of the foundational concepts of estate planning to be an effective advocate for your clients.

Part of the Personal Financial Planning Estate Planning Certificate Program, coming Spring 2018, this CPE course addresses elements and deductions of the gross estate and the calculation of the federal estate tax. Additional topics include: income in respect of the decedent and its impact on the federal estate tax calculation; state estate and inheritance taxes; the rule for gift taxes paid within three years of death; and, the treatment of adjusted taxable gifts. Finally, this course also covers the key steps in the calculation of Form 706 United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return.

Enhanced On-Demand Format

This enhanced on-demand format offers meaningful and relevant content in the form of tables, charts, and discussion points on slides. An instructor who is an expert on the topical area breaks down complex topics, offers best practices, provides clarity, and shares insights that help the learner achieve the learning objectives for the course.

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Author(s)

Susan M. Tillery, CPA/PFS, CFP®

Susan M. Tillery, CPA/PFS, is President & CEO of Paraklete® Financial Inc. Paraklete® provides integrated fee-for-service financial planning without asset management or product sales. The firm acts as An Advocate in Financial Services® for its clients with a disciplined focus on independence and objectivity. Susan also is a co-founder and president of Financial Planning Advocate LLC, a provider of continuing education for CPAs, financial advisers, universities and colleges.

Ms. Tillery’s experience at Harris myCFO, a multi-family office where she was responsible for the development and delivery of comprehensive family office solutions to affluent families, together with her work at Arthur Andersen, Ronald Blue & Co and other financial firms, provides the framework for Paraklete.

Susan earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Georgia. Susan is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Georgia Society of CPAs (GSCPA). In addition, she is chair of the AICPA Personal Financial Planning Credential Committee. Susan also serves on the Board for The National Center for Stewardship and Generosity.

Susan has over 30 years of experience in tax, philanthropy and financial planning, as well as in the administrative and compliance areas encountered by affluent individuals and families. Ms. Tillery speaks on the topics of: Financial Planning, CPAs and Financial Planning, Financial Issues Facing Women, Responsibilities of Wealth, Charitable Giving and Stewardship.

Tom Tillery, MA Ed, MSFS, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, LUTCF, CRPC®

Vice President, Financial Planning Advocate, LLC
Vice President & CCO, Paraklete® Financial, Inc.

Thomas Neal Tillery, CFP®, AEP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CRPC®, LUTCF is Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of Paraklete® Financial, Inc. Paraklete® provides integrated fee-for-service financial planning without asset management or product sales. The firm acts as An Advocate in Financial Services® for its clients with a disciplined focus on independence and objectivity. Tom is also a co-founder and Vice President of Financial Planning Advocate, LLC, a provider of continuing education for CPAs, financial advisers, universities and colleges.

Tom earned a M.S. in Financial Services from The American College and an M.A. in Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an active member of AICPA (Non-CPA Associate), the Atlanta Estate Planning Council and the Society of Financial Service Professionals. He also serves on the Board for The National Center for Stewardship and Generosity.

With more than 30 years of experience in personal financial planning, Tom is a frequent speaker and writer on all topics relating to personal financial planning. He has written personal financial planning curriculum for several universities and on-line providers. Tom has been a provider of Continuing Education for attorneys, CPAs, and investment and insurance professionals for over 30 years. Tom and his family reside in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Publisher

American Institute of CPAs

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 418,000 members in 143 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting.

The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, and offers specialized credentials for qualified professionals who concentrate on personal financial planning; forensic accounting; business valuation; and information management and technology assurance. With The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), it offers the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation, which sets the global benchmark for quality and recognition in management accounting.

The AICPA and CIMA also make up the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), which represents public and management accounting globally, advocating on behalf the public interest and advancing the quality, competency and employability of CPAs, CGMAs and other accounting and finance professionals worldwide.

The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, DC, Durham, NC, and Ewing, NJ.

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CREDIT INFO
CPE credits
Online
: 2.5
NASBA Field of Study
Specialized Knowledge
Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
None
ADVANCE PREPARATION
None
Delivery Method
QAS Self-Study
Course acronym
PFP-EST1
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