Estate and Life Planning Issues for the Middle-Income Client


Clients think that estate planning only applies to the very rich. In truth, there are many issues of critical concern for which the middle-income client needs to plan. This course is a must-attend for all CPAs who work with middle-income clients and are looking for ways to provide additional quality services. Continually updated with the latest guidance.


The SECURE Act, including IRA and RMD changes Other major SECURE Act provisions, such as expansion of Section 529 plans and 401(k) access to part-time workers The CARES Act section 72(t) 10% early withdrawal penalty waiver The CARES Act temporary waiver of RMD rules More than 20 documents that should be reviewed that are neither a will nor trust Applicable rates, and tactics that may be used to minimize them Reducing the impact of ancillary administration Provisions you need in a will When a trust is needed for children Durable powers of attorney, for financial matters and for healthcare Realistic retirement goals Management of insurance: liability, disability, and life Dealing with marriage and divorce Titling assets effectively Developments relative to estate tax, and the implications for planning


Understand estate planning issues unrelated to federal tax planning Inventory the documents relevant to estate preservation Understand methods of providing for children and the spouse

Designed For

CPAs who advise clients on estate tax planning


Don Cochran

Don has practiced law in both Iowa and Minnesota for over 40 years. He is currently in solo practice of law in Apple Valley, Minnesota, focusing on tax, estate planning, and small business organization and management. He was a CPA with the Small and Emerging Business practice of then-Big 8 accounting firm Touche Ross in Bloomington, Minnesota, and has served as the Vice President of Tax and CFO with various privately and publicly held companies. He also served as an advanced sales consultant with Securian Financial, Nationwide Financial, and Pacific Life Insurance Company’s Annuity and Mutual Fund division, providing advanced planning support for financial advisors on topics of financial and estate planning for small to medium-size businesses and wealthy individuals.

Don is actively involved in continuing education and other seminars for financial professionals and accountants, on topics related to tax issues for individuals and small businesses; current financial planning and asset transfer; and preparing for and living through retirement. Don is much sought after as a presenter of CPE for seminars sponsored by state societies of CPAs, CPA firms, and other providers of continuing education for financial professionals, and is a featured speaker at several national tax conferences.

Don earned a Bachelor of Science in general science from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with his Juris Doctorate. In addition to being a licensed attorney in Minnesota and Iowa, he maintains his license as a certified public accountant. He also attained the designations of Certified Financial Planner and Certified Retirement Consultant.