Trust Dispositions of IRAs and Qualified Plans: Structuring See-Through Trusts and Stretch Provisions

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

Conducted on Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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Program Materials

The CLE/CPE webinar will provide estate planning professionals with a thorough and practical guide to the planning and structuring considerations of clients with qualified retirement plans. The panelist will address the specific planning issues involving pre-mortem allocation and post-mortem disposition provisions of IRAs and other qualified plans.


In many instances the most valuable asset taxpayers hold are their tax-deferred retirement accounts, including 401(k) and other qualified plans. Estate planners must ensure that those qualified plan assets are protected from creditors and accelerated distribution and other events that serve to deplete their value.

A valuable estate planning tool for protecting qualified plans is structuring trusts to pass ownership of the qualified plan. These “see-through” trusts can provide beneficial flexibility in a comprehensive estate plan, but also carry both income tax consequences and stringent IRS requirements for qualification. A critical component of any trust named as a beneficiary of a qualified plan is for the documents to have specific dispositive provisions written into the trust language.

Whether estate counsel is drafting a trust to function as a conduit trust or an accumulation trust, estate planning counsel must know the rules and required language in preparing an IRA beneficiary trust to avoid severe tax consequences.

Listen as our experienced panelist provides detailed guidance, including sample language, to help you master the intricacies of drafting trusts with qualified plans and structuring vehicles to dispose of those plans in a tax-efficient and compliant manner.



  1. Accumulation vs. conduit trusts for holding qualified plans
  2. Drafting trust provisions to ensure tax-efficient disposition of qualified plans
  3. QTIP trusts
  4. Special provisions for spouses
  5. RMD considerations for named beneficiaries


The panelist will review these and other priority issues:

  • Provisions that must be included in trust language for a trust to qualify for see-through treatment as either a conduit trust or an accumulation trust
  • Structuring considerations to provide the longest possible payout
  • Special factors to consider when drafting a QTIP trust as an IRA beneficiary trust


LaMendola, Salvatore
Salvatore J. LaMendola

Giarmarco Mullins & Horton

Mr. LaMendola specializes in charitable planning and planning for retirement plan benefits. He is the editor of the...  |  Read More

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