Monday, November 10, 2008

Estate and Fiduciary Law -- June 1, 2009 -- $5,000, $3,000, $1,000

Estate and Fiduciary Law -- June 1, 2009 -- $5,000, $3,000, $1,000

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a professional association consisting of approximately 2,700 lawyers from throughout the United States, Canada and other parts of the world who are elected as Fellows of the College. Fellows are selected on the basis of professional reputation and ability in the fields of trusts and estates and on the basis of having made substantial contributions to these fields through lecturing, writing, teaching and bar activities.

Consistent with ACTEC’s purposes, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition was created to encourage and reward scholarly works in the area of trusts and estates. ACTEC’s purposes are to maintain an association of lawyers, international in scope, skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts; estate planning; probate procedure and administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors and incompetents; to improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures, and professional responsibility, to bring together qualified lawyers whose character and ability will contribute to the achievement of the purposes of the College; and to cooperate with bar associations and other organizations with similar purposes. The funding for the competition will be provided by the ACTEC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that supports educational projects relating to trust and estate law.

Eligibility: This competition is open to any law student in good standing (full-time or part-time) who is currently enrolled as a J.D. or LL.M. candidate in an ABA-accredited law school within the United States or its possessions.
Only papers that have not been previously published or accepted for publication are eligible. Papers prepared for law school credit are eligible provided they are the entrant’s original work. Unless a work is co-authored, each entry shall be the original work of a single individual. A co-authored paper by no more than two individuals is acceptable provided the paper submitted is the original work of the co-authors.
Area and Topics: The paper must relate to the area of trusts and estates, broadly defined. Any one or more of the following topics are appropriate for discussion:

Business Planning
Charitable Planning
Elder Law
Employee Benefits
Fiduciary Administration
Fiduciary Income Taxation
Fiduciary Litigation
Estate Planning and Drafting
Professional Responsibility
Substantive Laws for the Gratuitous Transmission of Property
Wealth Transfer Taxation (Estate, Gift and GST Tax)

Deadline for submission: The submission must be postmarked on or before May 1, 2009। An otherwise eligible submission will be considered as part of any 2010 writing competition if it is postmarked after May 1, 2009 and before May 2, 2010 by a law student who was in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school within the United States or its possessions law at the time the paper was submitted.

Acceptance of paper for publication after its submission to this competition: If a paper submitted to this competition is accepted for publication after having been submitted to this competition, the individual (or co-authors) must immediately notify ACTEC’s office of this fact at the address listed under Submission Rules। The paper’s acceptance for publication elsewhere may, but will not necessarily, preclude its continued consideration.

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