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Trust and Estate Planning for Illquid Assets

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Liquidity is an almost universal need in trust and estate planning.

When a client dies, death taxes may need to be paid. Expenses incurred in administration need to be paid. Distributions may be required under trust instruments. For these and many other reasons, estates need cash.

The big challenge comes when the estate has assets that, though valuable, are not liquid. Assets may include real estate that is not quickly or cost-effectively sold. Or a successful family business may be involved, where ownership stakes are not easily transferred or for which there is no ready market. Complex financial assets, artwork or other unique property, hard to value and hard to sell, may also be held.

Trust and estate plans must anticipate the need for liquidity and formulate strategies for providing it or deferring taxes and distributions until liquidity can be created.

This program provides a real world guide to practical strategies for creating liquidity in trust and estate planning.

  • Challenges of planning for illiquid assets like real estate, family businesses, and unique property
  • Techniques and tools to fund tax liabilities, distributions, expenses and more
  • Mechanics of electing a deferral of estate tax under IRC Section 6166
  • Use and advantages of using Graegin notes to obtain liquidity
  • Advantages and disadvantages of use of redemptions and buy-sell agreements
  • Use of life insurance and other financial products to provide liquidity


  • Jonathan E. Gopman

    Jonathan E. Gopman is the managing partner of the Naples, Florida office of Akerman LLP, where his practice focuses on sophisticated wealth accumulation and preservation planning strategies for entrepreneurs.

    Jonathan is co-author of the revised version of the BNA Tax Management Portfolio "Estate Tax Payments and Liabilities." He is also a commentator on asset protection planning matters for Leimberg Information Services, Inc., a member of the legal advisory board of Commonwealth Trust Company in Wilmington, Delaware, and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

    Jonathan received his B.A. from the University of South Florida, his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law, and his LL.M. from the University of Miami.

    Click here for more information about Jonathan.

June 26, 2024
Wed 1:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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