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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

Smaldino: Recent Tax Court Case Has Important Lessons On How To Do Estate Planning Right!

A recent Tax Court Case, Smaldino V. Commissioner Of Internal Revenue, T.C. Memo. 2021-127, November 10, 2021 has lots of important lessons on how to do an estate plan properly. These lessons are particularly important for those that did planning in a rush in 2020 and 2021 fearing dramatic changes in the tax laws. Even if those harsh changes aren’t enacted (few of them were included in the bill just passed by the House), if you are doing planning, you should heed the lessons provided in Smaldino.

House Estate Tax Proposal Requires Immediate Action

The House Democrats are proposing a $3.5 trillion spending plan. To support that package the Democrats have proposed tax increases to fund a large portion of that plan.

Speakers: Jonathan Blattmachr, Esq., Robert S. Keebler, CPA, and Martin Shenkman, Esq.

The House Ways and Means Committee just issued statutory language for the tax increase proposal, including dramatic changes to the transfer tax system. While the tax legislative process will no doubt evolve with many twists and turns, these proposals might be the blueprint for any final legislation. The implications of this are quite simple. Taxpayers who might be affected need to plan and take action now. If a client has been sitting on the tax planning fence waiting to see what will be enacted, this proposal suggests you advise them to jump off the fence and plan with haste. This webinar will explore the House proposal, what might happen, but most important, what advisers should discuss with clients now.

Preview of Upcoming 47th Annual Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute

This will be a fast-paced review of a wide range of practical planning ideas including: Freeze planning for GST exposed trusts and QTIP trusts; Installment sales to non-grantor trusts; Mathematics of charitable planning; Creative planning considering the changing political landscape; Beneficial interests in trusts and dissolution of marriage; Strategies to avoid ethical issues in estate planning; Diversity, equity, and inclusion-practical tips; SLAT tips; ERC and PPP; Agreements that protect clients and advisors: inheritance agreements, siblings agreements, and agreements with caretakers; and more.


Life and Death Planning for Retirement Benefits

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