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Call For Papers: ACTEC Law Journal
Estate Planning In the 21st Century: Seismic Shifts and Predictions for the Future

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel announces a Call For Papers on the following topics:

Estate planning has radically changed in the last several decades. Statutes such as the Uniform Probate Code and the Uniform Parentage Act altered the presumptive definitions of such terms as "children" and "descendants" to include a much broader range of beneficiaries, including adoptees, out-of-wedlock children, and in some cases foster children and stepchildren. Some children may now inherit from more than two parents. Very recent changes have broadened those allowed to marry and thus inherit in intestacy from each other. The assets dealt with by estate planners have transformed dramatically, with the rise in the acceptance of non-probate forms of title, digital assets, etc. Perpetual trusts, once allowed only for charities, now exist for families, with attendant issues such as decanting, virtual representation, and non-judicial trust modification. Advance health care directives have become a common tool in the estate planner's box, and in a few states estate planners may deal with clients opting for physician aid in dying. Papers will address ways in which estate planning has transformed in the last 20, 30 or 40 years, and how it may continue to change over a comparable time in the future.

We encourage submissions by co-authors, especially those teaming an experienced estate planning with novices or students. Articles that delve into one or two changes deeply are preferred over those which skim multiple changes. Accepted articles will be published in the ACTEC Law Journal, Volume 41 Issue 2.

Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2015 to Professor Kris Knaplund, Editor, ACTEC Law Journal, at kris.knaplund@pepperdine.edu. Footnotes should use conventional Bluebook form. Early submissions are encouraged and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel is a national organization of approximately 2,600 lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors.
Its members work to teach those who aspire to enter the field and to improve and reform laws, procedure and standards while working with their peers and other professional organizations.
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One of the central purposes of ACTEC is to study and improve trust, estate and tax laws, procedures and professional responsibility. ACTEC and its Fellows file amicus briefs in appropriate cases, testify before Congress, provide in-depth analysis of administrative positions to the Internal Revenue Service, assist in the development of best practices for trust and estate lawyers, and participate actively in the development of the recommendations being promulgated by the international Financial Action Task Force.
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