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Letha Sgritta McDowell, CELA

Director of Legal Strategy

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Letha Sgritta McDowell, CELA

Letha Sgritta McDowell currently serves as InterActive Legal's Director of Legal Strategy and she practices law with The Hook Law Center.

Letha Sgritta McDowell is licensed to practice in both North Carolina and Virginia and has been an elder law and special needs planning attorney for more than 10 Years. Ms. McDowell is a Certified Elder Law Attorney and Board Certified as a specialist in Elder Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and she is accredited to prepare and prosecute claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

At InterActive Legal, Ms. McDowell provides insight into how modern law firm run in order to assist in strategic decisions about how to maximize the tools provided by InterActive Legal as well as what tools may be useful for practitioners in the future. In addition, Ms. McDowell contributes to the elder law and special needs planning content in the software and contributes to the InterActive Legal practice management and development tools.

Ms. McDowell is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a member of the North Carolina Bar Association's Elder Law and Estate Planning Sections, serves as Vice President of the Elder Law Specialization Committee for the North Carolina State Bar, and serves as an active mentor to a number of young attorneys through the North Carolina Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Ms. McDowell is a 2001 graduate of Purdue University and a 2004 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law.

Events

Valuations and Estate Planning - Impact of Covid

What are the valuation implications of the current economic environment brought about by the economic implications and stock market’s reaction to the COVID-19 crisis? The program will discuss the practical ramifications to valuations and the implications to estate planning transactions. A number of factors may have aligned for what is potentially a unique opportunity to maximize the efficient use of exclusion amounts and transfer significant wealth at a relatively lower cost. The program will provide technical but practical valuation insights that practitioners will need to understand in guiding clients planning in the last half of 2020.

Secure Act and CRT’s BDIT’s and QSST’s.

The Secure Act changed how many clients should plan for and name beneficiaries of retirement assets. This webinar will set the foundation of why tax free compounding over a long period of time is so critical to maximizing wealth and how those concepts apply to IRAs and retirement plans, how the Secure Act changed the planning environment, and what creative techniques planners might consider. The use of Charitable Remainder Trusts (“CRTs”) as beneficiaries, Beneficiary Defective Irrevocable Trusts (“BDITs”) and Qualified Subchapter S Corporations (“QSSTs”) might all be named as beneficiaries..

SLATs - How To Plan and Draft One of the Most Useful Documents for Married Clients

Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts (“SLATs”) planning can provide tremendous planning benefits for many married clients. They may well be the most popular technique to plan for married clients (and others) in 2020. Every practitioner needs to be comfortable and knowledgable of how to best use SLATs.


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