Continuing Legal Education

TELESEMINAR: Estate Planning and IRAs – A National Perspective

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


Liquid assets held in individual or employer sponsored “qualified plans” – traditional and Roth IRAs and 401(k)s primarily– are often the largest asset of individual estates. These accounts can also hold illiquid and difficult-to-value assets like shares of a closely held company, family real estate, art, jewelry or other nontraditional assets. Most of these accounts have tax-favored status but come with their own peculiar tax and distribution rules that can complicate trust and estate planning. This program will cover planning opportunities with trusts and traditional and Roth IRAs and 401(k) accounts, the opportunities and traps of custom versus form-driven beneficiary designations, circumstances in which re-characterization of IRAs makes sense or not, and planning with difficult-to-value assets like closely held company stock.


  • Estate and trust planning with retirement accounts – traditional and Roth IRAs and 401(k) accounts
  • Use of see-thru, conduit, accumulation, and QTIP trusts in connection with retirement accounts
  • Opportunities and traps – custom drafted v. form designations
  • When conversion of a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA makes sense – or doesn’t
  • Valuation and minimum distributions with hard-to-value closely held businesses
  • When creditors may claim retirement account assets


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Program Speaker:
Blanche Lark Christerson
, Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, New York


Blanche Lark Christerson is a managing director at Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management in New York City, where she works with clients and their advisors to help develop estate, gift, tax, and wealth transfer planning strategies.  Earlier in her career she was a vice president in the estate planning department of U.S. Trust Company.  She also practiced law with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York City.  Ms. Christerson is the author of the monthly newsletter “Tax Topics."  She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, her J.D. from New York Law School and her LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.