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Revocable Trust Drafting: Funding Issues, Transfers, Tax Planning, Disposition of Personal Property and Real Estate

Recording of a 90-minute CLE/CPE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, May 10, 2022

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This CLE/CPE webinar will provide estate planners a detailed analysis of key challenges and pitfalls to avoid when drafting revocable trusts. The panel will discuss the legal framework and key considerations for revocable trusts, pros and cons for grantors, funding the trust and key issues, transferring assets to the trust, dispositions of personal property and real estate, key tax planning considerations, and other issues in drafting revocable trusts.


Effective use of the right type of trust can save on taxes, clarify intent, organize the transfer of assets, and simplify estate administration. Trusts and estates counsel use revocable trusts to protect assets and provide a level of flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances, while also maintaining control of assets.

Revocable trusts are created when the grantor executes a trust agreement naming a trustee to administer the trust. This trust agreement will define the grantor's desires and plans for assets during the grantor's lifetime, incapacity, and at death. The grantor typically retains the right to distribute trust property, change or revoke the trust, and make discretionary distributions of income and principal. Upon the grantor's death, the property is distributed to the beneficiaries as directed by the trust agreement.

Revocable trusts can be funded at death and during the lifetime of the grantor. Funding a trust during a grantor's lifetime requires reregistering securities, real property, and other assets in the name of the trust.

Counsel must understand the legal framework and rules related to revocable trusts, requirements for transferring assets, restrictions, grantor and trustee powers, how to make distributions, and various tax considerations.

Listen as our authoritative panel of estate planning counsel discusses the legal framework and critical considerations for revocable trusts, pros and cons of their use, facilitating transfers, funding issues, dispositions of personal property and real estate, and other key considerations.



  1. Revocable trust planning options
    1. Marital deduction planning
    2. Supplemental needs trusts
    3. Charitable planning options
    4. Other options
  2. Grantor powers and funding issues
  3. Trustee rules, powers, and duties
  4. Key trust provisions and drafting considerations
  5. Tax planning and reporting
  6. Revocable trust administration


The panel will discuss these and other key issues:

  • What are the reasons and circumstances for utilizing revocable trusts?
  • What are the key distinctions for revocable vs. irrevocable trusts?
  • What are the applicable legal and tax rules to consider when utilizing revocable trusts?
  • What are the best revocable trust structures and their pros and cons?
  • How are revocable trusts funded and what are the challenges?
  • What are the key provisions and pitfalls to avoid?
  • How are these types of trusts implemented and administered?


Bedosky, John
John R. Bedosky

Hinman Howard & Kattell

Mr. Bedosky is a partner in Hinman, Howard & Kattell’s Trusts, Estates, and Wealth Planning Practice Group....  |  Read More

Howard-Potter, Erica
Erica Howard-Potter

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis

Ms. Howard-Potter is a partner in the firm’s Tax and Wealth Management Department. She focuses her practice on...  |  Read More

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