Tom Featherston, the Mills Cox Professor of Law at Baylor Law School, will present "Wills and Revocable Trusts - What's Best for the Client?" on Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Intermediate Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference in Galveston. The conference is hosted by the University of Texas Law School. Featherston will co-present with Jerry Frank Jones of Austin.
Featherston writes "during the past 20 years, consumer demand and attorney acceptance have made the revocable trust an important tool in the planner's 'tool box.' Accordingly, the primary purpose of the paper is not to debate the viability of the revocable trust as a 'tool,' but to compare and contrast revocable trust planning with traditional testamentary planning (where the will and a well-drafted durable power of attorney remain the cornerstones of the estate plan).
Additionally, the presentation will focus on the funded revocable trust, "stand by trust" planning, and community property law issues regarding revocable trust planning.
Featherston is board certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He also is trusts and estates articles editor for the ABA publication Probate & Property. He is co-author of West's Texas Practice Guide-Probate (2000-2011), author of Questions and Answers: Wills, Trusts & Estates (2003), co-author of Questions and Answers: Wills, Trusts & Estates (2nd ed., 2008), and co-author of Bridging the Gap-Drafting for Tax and Administration Issues (2000). He was selected as Distinguished Texas Probate and Trust Attorney by the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas in 2009.