Continuing Legal Education

TELESEMINAR: Life Insurance and Estate Planning – A National Perspective

June 5, 2013
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1.00 MCLE hours


Insurance is a sophisticated financial product which can be used creatively by estate planners to reduce a range of taxes, shield client assets, and achieve non-tax goals, including retention of family control of a business and charitable giving. Insurance is also an effective tool for resolving liquidity concerns when estate or gift taxes are owed on illiquid assets or death triggers the payment of certain debts. But like most sophisticated financial products, life insurance and other insurance products are complex in themselves and give rise to a host of income and estate and gift tax considerations. This program will provide you with a practical guide to sophisticated estate planning techniques using insurance to reduce taxes, resolve liquidity concerns, shield assets and achieve other client goals.


  • Sophisticated estate planning techniques using life insurance to reduce taxes, produce liquidity, and shield assets
  • Using insurance as a “wealth replacement” strategy, including in family businesses and charitable giving
  • Insurance techniques to solve liquidity problems – paying taxes and debts
  • Understanding the Generation Skipping Tax, estate tax, and income tax consequences of insurance products
  • Irrevocable life insurance trust strategies for reducing income and estate taxes, and to shield assets
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Program Speaker:
Donald O. Jansen
, The University of Texas System, Texas

Donald O. Jansen is Senior Tax Counsel of The University of Texas System and was for nearly 40 years a partner in the Houston office of Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP, where his practice focused on wills, trusts, estate administration, and the role of life insurance in estate, tax and business planning.  Mr. Jansen is a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel and formerly served as chair of its Life Insurance Subcommittee.  He also formerly served as vice chair of the Insurance Committee of the ABA’s Probate and Trust Law Division.  He received his B.B.A., magna cum laude, from Loyola University, his J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University, and his LL.M. form Georgetown University.