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Presenter: Scott J. Bent and 6 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Columbus, OH

Crowne Plaza Columbus North - Worthington
6500 Doubletree Ave
Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-885-1885

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 5:00 pm

Understanding Estate, Gift, Income and Trust Taxation
S. Bent

   Overview of federal estate and gift taxation
   Calculating the estate tax
   Overview of trust taxation
   Examining estate, gift and GST rates and exemptions

Income and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Basics
S. Bent

   Overview of the income tax system
   Overview of GST

The Critical Role of Testamentary Trusts in the Estate Plan 
A. McGee

   Purposes and features of trusts, including testamentary trusts
      • Credit shelter/bypass trusts 
      • Marital trusts and family trusts
   Spousal lifetime access trust
   Choosing a trustee and a situs

Irrevocable Trusts and the Basics 
M. Sugar

   Purposes of irrevocable trusts
   Understanding related tax issues 
   Crummey powers
   Amendment/termination strategies 
   Dynasty trusts
   GRATS and intentionally-defective grantor trusts
   Grantor v. non-grantor trusts 
   Legacy trusts

Using Revocable Trusts
C. Vonau

   Characteristics and advantages/disadvantages of revocable trusts
   Understanding related tax issues

IRAs and Trusts: Sophisticated Beneficiary Choices 
K. Stevens

   General overview
   Spousal rights and distribution rules
   Using a trust as a plan beneficiary
   Estate planning and charitable planning with qualified plans

Asset Protection Planning for Seniors and the Disabled 
D. Winkler

   Overview of government benefit programs
   Trust options
   Planning for spouses, supplemental needs trusts

Advanced Trust Planning
G. Port

   Charitable planning
   Discount planning
   Qualified domestic trust, S corporation trusts
   Onshore-offshore asset protection and spendthrift trusts

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Accountants/CPAs
  • Attorneys
  • Certified Financial Planners
  • Enrolled Agents
  • Registered Tax Return Preparers

     7.0 Ohio CLE Hours

     8.0 CPE Hours

Certified Financial Planners
     8.0 CE Hours

IRS Enrolled Agents &
Other Tax Return
     8.0 CE Hours

 Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. The Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on CLE has approved this course for 7.0 CLE hours for Ohio attorneys.

This group live, intermediate level lecture presentation offers 8.0 CPE hours in the area of taxation to accountants. A basic knowledge of federal taxation is recommended, and no advance preparation is required. The Ohio Board of Accountancy accepts sponsors listed on the NASBA National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

HalfMoon Education Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.NASBARegistry.org. Sponsor No. 103015.

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a CFP Board-Registered continuing education sponsor. The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. has granted 8.0 hours of continuing education credit for the completion of this seminar.

This program qualifies for 8.0 hours of continuing education credit for enrolled agents and other tax return preparers under Treasury Department Circular #230 Section 10.6(g).

Attendance will be monitored and reported, as required. Attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for

most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Scott J. Bent

Scott J. Bent is an associate at Baker & Hostetler LLP. He counsels clients on estate planning and transfer tax matters, private wealth management, fiduciary litigation, business succession planning, and business and real estate transactions. He advises trustees and other fiduciaries regarding their obligations and liabilities, and he represents fiduciaries in disputes and litigation. He also handles closely held business matters, including business disputes.

Adriann S. McGee

Adriann S. McGee is a shareholder at Reminger Co., LPA. She focuses her legal practice in the areas of inheritance disputes, including will contest, trust disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and trust, estate and guardianship administration. She is a member of various professional bar associations, a member of the Board of the Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services and a member of the Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Inn, American Inns of Court.

Gregory D. Port

Gregory D. Port is the founding attorney of Port Legal. He has been providing strategic trust, elder law, estate planning and probate legal representation to clients in Central Ohio since 1990. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Netcare Foundation, Inc., the fund-raising arm of Netcare Access, Inc. which provides emergency care to those with mental and substance abuse issues in Franklin County, Ohio. He is an active hiker and bicyclist.

Keith A. Stevens

Keith A. Stevens is an associate at Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor, LLC, where he practices in elder law, special needs, and estate planning. He has dedicated his eight years of practice to helping individuals and families obtain needed services, protect assets, and avoid costly legal proceedings. His work has appeared in the Ohio Probate Law Journal and Estate Planning. Mr. Stevens is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and Columbus Bar Association.

Meredith K. Sugar

Meredith K. Sugar is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP. Her practice is focused in the area of sophisticated wealth transfer; estate planning and administration; tax planning for individuals, corporations and partnerships; business succession planning; and general corporate representation. She frequently advises high wealth individuals on how best to structure and implement wealth transfer and estate planning vehicles such as GRATs, dynasty trusts, family limited partnership and limited liability companies. Ms. Sugar also represents estates, businesses and individuals in IRS audits. She regularly forms and advises nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations.

Christopher S. Vonau

Christopher S. Vonau is a partner at Decker Vonau, LLC. He received his undergraduate degrees from The Ohio State University in 2009 and his law degree from Capital University Law School in 2013. His practice areas include estate planning and probate matters; business formation, operation, transactions, and other matters; residential, commercial, and investment real estate matters; guardianships; adoptions; and construction-related disputes. He chaired the Columbus Bar Association Estate Planning and Trust Committee in 2018-2019.

Dirken D. Winkler

Dirken D. Winkler founded Winkler Legal, LLC, in 2004, where he represents clients in probate, trust and estate administration, estate planning, advanced healthcare directives, asset protection planning, probate litigation and qualifying clients for governmental assistance in paying for long-term nursing care services. Mr. Winkler was licensed in the state of Ohio in 1997 and has served in many capacities including as compliance counsel for Nationwide Insurance Company and as assistant consumers’ counsel for the state of Ohio.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $279.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.