Incentive Clauses

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: Southfork Hotel, Plano, Texas
Speaker: Curtis Groves, Joshua Tate, Norm Lofgren

Estate Planning Council of North Texas

P. O. Box 38553, Dallas, Texas 75238-8553 Tel: 214-340-8020

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(Breakfast served 7:30-8:00 a.m., Program 8:00-9:00)

SOUTHFORK HOTEL (East side of US 75 just north of 15th Street)






Curtis Groves, Norm Lofgren and Joshua Tate


This presentation will examine the phenomenon of incentive trusts: trusts that use money to encourage or discourage certain behaviors.  The presenters will discuss examples of incentive provisions and highlight drafting pitfalls and administration issues associated with them, as well as issues of enforceability and modification. Attendees will gain knowledge about incentive provisions and their advantages and disadvantages, and develop drafting skills that might help to avoid common problems. Curtis R. Groves is the Senior Vice President and Texas Regional Trust Manager for Comerica Bank based in Dallas. His responsibilities with Comerica Wealth Management involve managing the personal trust department for the state of Texas.  Mr. Groves has over 18 years of wealth management experience in Dallas, and he is licensed to practice law in Texas.  Norm Lofgren is with the law firm Looper Reed & McGraw.  Norm’s practice focuses on taxation, estate planning and family wealth protection and transfer. His experience as a former trial attorney for the IRS coupled with his extensive experience in income, estate, gift, generation-skipping tax matters and tax planning for closely held businesses enables Norm to create solutions that minimize tax exposure and preserve wealth. Joshua Tate earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and his Ph.D. in History from Yale.  He has been a full-time faculty member at SMU Dedman School of Law since 2005, specializing in trusts and estates, property, and legal history.  He has published articles in such journals as the Journal of Legal History; Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities; Journal of Law and Religion; U.C. Davis Law Review; and Real Property, Probate, and Trust Journal. 


Continuing education credit pending for 1.0 Hour.


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PATRONS:  We would like to thank the following patrons for their support: Baylor Health Care System Foundation, National Business Valuation Services, Inc., The Catholic Foundation and Tolmas Consulting, LLC


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