Drafting Gun Trusts 101


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

Ownership of a firearm is complicated enough during a client’s lifetime. Why should distributing a firearm at death be just as complicated? Gun trusts in the United States carry a stigma. The Internet perpetuates this stigma as a typical on-line search of the words “gun trust” turns up multiple misleading hits. What is fact and what is fiction? What can an attorney do to properly dispose of a client’s firearm during life and after death? This CLE will show assist you to understand what a gun trust is, whether your client needs one, and what provisions should go into such trust.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   General information on what a gun trust is, and is not
•   Gun Trust history
•   Drafting gun trusts

Date / Time: April 28, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

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Original Broadcast Date: March 9, 2020

Michael Sneeringer, Esq. is a senior associate practicing estate planning and wealth preservation at the Naples, Florida office of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur. His major areas of focus are estate planning, estate administration, asset protection and tax law. He is the Articles Editor, Trust and Estate, for Probate & Property Magazine and is an Executive Council member the Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section.

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Section I. Background information on firearms and trusts containing firearms
a) Uniform Trust Code
b) Federal law considerations
c) State law considerations

Section II. Creation of gun trust
a) Basic contents
b) Identity of beneficiaries
c) Trustees
d) Trustee powers
e) Additional considerations
f) Drafting checklist

Section III. Ancillary gun ownership issues

Section IV. Frequently Asked Questions with Respect to Gun Trusts