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Trust & Estate Planning for Client Privacy in a Public World

June 30, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Trust and estate clients frequently want nothing more than their privacy. They want their holdings and plans kept secret, even fromtheir heirs. Ensuring privacy is a multifaceted process that relies, in various parts, on substantive law but also on pragmatic steps.Privacy also turns on whether the client wants to protect the nature and extent of certain classes of assets, controversial or high profile holdings (for example, antique firearms or valuable objects of art), or something closer to home like the details of their own end-of-life health care plans or even death. This program will provide you with a detailed guide to privacy in trust and estate planning.

Handout Materials will be emailed to you prior to the seminar
1.0 MCLE Credit Hour


• Utilizing revocable trusts – preventing disclosure of assets on death, facilitating anonymous ownership & ensuring plan secrecy
• Silent trusts as a method to limit disclosure to beneficiaries
• Titling of special assets including art, watercraft, firearms, and certain real estate
• Anonymity in charitable gift planning
• Financial planning privacy – investor privacy, lottery winner privacy, banking disclosure
• Medical privacy planning – HIPAA, insurance applications
• Securing third-party confidentiality through non-disclosure agreements
• Privacy at death – obituaries, last medical records, funeral arrangements


Jeff Chadwick, Winstead, P.C – Houston and The Woodlands