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Contact: Rebecca Vandall

Washington, DC–May 21, 2024:  The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) today released its 300th podcast in the ACTEC Trust and Estate Talk series, titled “Estate Planning in 2024.” ACTEC Fellow and Past President Stephen R. Akers of Dallas, Texas, delivers this special podcast, discussing key issues in estate planning in 2024, including grantor trusts and income tax reimbursement, gift tax implications of trust modifications, and Section 2519 and QTIP trusts. The ACTEC Trust and Estate Talk Series is sponsored by the ACTEC Foundation.

In 2018, ACTEC Fellow Susan D. Snyder, who now serves as ACTEC’s President (20242025), introduced the ACTEC Trust and Estate Talk podcast series concept to the ACTEC Communications Committee. She served as the series’ first executive producer, with the goal of providing an educational resource for ACTEC Fellows, wealth and estate management professionals, and aspiring attorneys. Susan shares, “Reaching our 300th podcast is a significant milestone for this Series and the College. The podcasts have been downloaded over 575,000 times and have greatly enhanced the visibility of the College among ACTEC Fellows, law students, and trust and estate practitioners.”

The first podcast in this series, “What Should Attorneys Have in Their Engagement Letters?” was issued on February 20, 2018. The full ACTEC Trust and Estate Talk library is available on The ACTEC Foundation website.

About The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC): Established in 1949, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a national, nonprofit association of approximately 2,400 lawyers and law professors from throughout the United States and abroad. ACTEC members (Fellows) are peer-elected on the basis of professional reputation and expertise in the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning, probate, trust administration, and related practice areas. The College’s mission includes the improvement and reform of probate, trust, and tax laws and procedures and professional practice standards. ACTEC frequently offers technical comments with regard to legislation and regulations but does not take positions on matters of policy or political objectives.

About The ACTEC FoundationThe ACTEC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). The Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that promotes scholarship and education for families and professionals and supports students interested in the trust and estate area of the law. Through continued financial support, The ACTEC Foundation offers professional development, scholarships, and education for a number of important efforts, including legal education, educational support, public initiatives, legal publications, and the student editorial board for the ACTEC Law Journal.

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