Most years, I attend a minimum of 80 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) , when in Texas attorneys are only required to attend 15 hours of CLE per year. It is because I want to make sure I have the cutting edge planning that helps protect my clients and their families. I am always searching for solutions for the things that keep you up at night worrying.
I just got back from 40 hours of CLE on Estate Planning. I learned about exciting new concepts like a Gun Trust. This trust is designed to help my clients who own guns (including family heirlooms) pass these guns to the next generation without violating federal law. There are several categories of people who cannot legally own firearms. If a trust is not worded properly, the trustee could accidentally violate federal law and face prison time and fines.
Also, I am looking into secure online document storage for your estate planning documents and other important family information. I will write more about that later.
In May I attended 40 hours of CLE on Planning for Special Needs and Medicaid. I want to keep improving my Elder Law practice also. These areas are constantly changing. For example, I learned about making sure the Supplemental Needs Trust is flexible enough to care for the needs of the person with special needs from estate planning CLE courses.