RICHARD S. FRANKLIN
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Background

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Richard focuses on estate planning, trusts and estate administration, and beneficiary and fiduciary representation. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Florida Bars, and a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  He serves on the ACTEC Transfer Tax Study Committee.  He has spoken at numerous estate planning programs and written on estate planning topics for ACTEC Law Journal, Actionline, BNA Insights, Estate Planning, Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives, Probate & Property, Steve Leimberg’s Newsletters, Tax Notes, The Florida Bar Journal, The Washington Lawyer, Trusts & Estates, and the Bloomberg/BNA Estates, Gifts & Trust Journal.  Richard is a DC Super Lawyer®, is ranked in the 2009-2018 editions of The Best Lawyers® in America as a leading lawyer in the Trusts and Estates category, and rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale Hubbell.  Prior to joining Virginia McArthur and founding McArthur Franklin and then Franklin Karibjanian & Law PLLC, Richard was a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. 

Richard is a frequent speaker known for his lively and incisive presentations on estate planning.  His venues have included continuing legal and professional education programs, estate planning councils and other groups, conferences and webinars.  Richard speaks on topics that reflect his deep interests, and includes specific ideas that he recommends to clients and implements on their behalf.  His focus is always on creative and innovative approaches to estate planning.  

Education

  • LL.M. Estate Planning, University of Miami School of Law, 1988
  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, 1987 (Law Review)
  • B.A., University of Alabama Birmingham, 1984

Bar Memberships

  • District of Columbia, 2004
  • Florida, 1988

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel – Transfer Tax Study Committee
  • American Bar Association – Real Property, Trust & Estate Section Income and Transfer Tax Planning Group (Group Co-Chair, 2015-2017)
  • Florida Bar Association – Real Property, Trust & Estate Section
  • Washington, D.C. Estate Planning Council
  • Bloomberg BNA Estates, Gifts, and Trust Advisory Board

Recent Publications

  • November 10, 2016
    An Oxymoron? The Deathbed Lifetime QTIP for Basis Adjustment and Asset Protection
    (Vol. 41, No. 6 of BNA/Tax Management's Estates, Gifts & Trusts Journal 219)
    Co-Author
  • June 2016
    Lifetime QTIPS - Why They Should be Ubiquitous in Estate Planning
    (50 U. Miami Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning ¶ 16 (2016 University of Miami, Lexis Nexis)
    Author
  • January 2015
    The Intermediary CLAT Alternative to the Residuary Estate Family Foundation Gift
    (ACTEC Law Journal, Vol. 39, No. 3, Winter 2013 [published Jan. '15], 355)
    Co-Author
  • September 15, 2014
    Inter Vivos QTIP Trusts Could Have Unanticipated Income Tax Results to Donor Post-Divorce
    (Steve Leimberg's Estate Planning Newsletter #2244)
    Co-Author
  • September 11, 2014
    Portability and Second Marriages - Worth a Second Look
    (Vol. 39, No. 5 of BNA/Tax Management's Estates, Gifts & Trusts Journal 179)
    Co-Author
  • February 2014
    IRS Provides Relief for Certain Missed Portability Elections -- if Corrective Action is Taken in 2014
    (ABA, RPTE Section, eReport February 2014)
    Co-Author
  • January 2013
    The Game Changer
    (ABA, RPTE Section, Estate and Gift Committee Project)
    Co-Author
  • January 2013
    Portability – The Regulations
    (ABA, RPTE Section, Estate and Gift Committee Project)
    Co-Author
  • September 2012
    Add to Your 2012 Year End Checklist "Use DSUE in 2012"
    (BNA Insights)
  • June 18, 2012
    New Portability Regulations: Much Better Than Expected
    (Steve Leimberg's Estate Planning Email Newsletter #1976)
    Co-Author)
  • March-April 2012
    Portability's Role in the Evolution Away from Traditional By-Pass Trusts to Grantor Trusts
    (Vol. 37, No. 2 of BNA/Tax Management's Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal)
    Co-Author
  • January 2012
    Portability - Part One 
    (ABA, RPTE Section, Estate and Gift Committee Project)
    Co-Author
  • November 10, 2011
    Donee Selection and Practical Considerations Under Formula Allocation Clauses
    (Vol. 36, BNA/Tax Management's Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal 271)
    Co-Author
  • September 2011
    Interaction Between the New Federal Estate Tax Structure and State Death Taxes
    (Vol. 150, Trusts & Estates, p.28)
    Co-Author
  • January 2011
    Tax Relief Unemployment ReAuthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
    (ABA, RPTE Section, Estate and Gift Committee Project)
    Co-Author
  • November 2010
    Beyond the Rhetoric: Same–Sex Marriage and Multijurisdictional Problems in Administration of Trusts
    (25, No. 3, Washington Lawyer, p.29)
    Co-Author
  • July 20, 2010
    "Roth" the Traditional IRA or Give to Charity
    (Steve Leimberg's Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning Email Newsletter)
    Co-Author
  • January 18, 2010
    Roth IRA Recharacterizations and Reconversions – 10 Strategies
    (126, No. 3, Tax Notes, p. 319)
    Co-Author

Recent Presentations

  • February 15, 2017
    Presented:  "Preservation of Family Capital through the Generations"
    (Seattle Estate Planning Council, Seattle, Washington)
  • January 20, 2017
    Co-Presented:  "Never Pay Estate Taxes - The Annual Taxable Gift Approach with a CLAT Remainder"
    (46th Annual Estate Planning Seminar, Estate Planning Council of Portland, Oregon)
  • January 11, 2017
    Co-Presented: "Extraordinary, Efficient, Elegant, Evolutionary: The Annual Taxable Gifts Approach and Testamentary CLAT Remainder"
    (51st Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning)
  • December 15, 2016
    Co-Presented: "Trump Tax Proposals and their Effect on Planning"
    (ABA/RPTE eCLE Webinar)
  • November 18, 2016
    Co-Presented: "Never Pay Estate Taxes - The Annual Taxable Gifts Approach and Testamentary CLAT Remainder"
    (2016 Federal Tax Institute of New England CLE, Hartford, Connecticut)
  • November 11, 2016
    Presented: "Lifetime QTIPs:  Why Should They Be Ubiquitous in Estate Planning?"
    (65th Annual Tulane Tax Institute, New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • October 27, 2016
    Co-Presented: "The Merits of Lifetime Taxable Gifts and Efficiently Transferring Wealth Using Testamentary CLATs to Eliminate All Transfer Taxes and Transfer Assets to a Family Foundation"
    (42nd Annual Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, South Bend, Indiana)
  • October 19, 2016
    Co-Presented: "Pay No Estate Taxes - The Annual Taxable Gift Approach"
    (Charlotte Estate Planning Council, Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • October 4, 2016
    Co-Presented: "Lifetime QTIPs: Why They Should be Ubiquitous in Estate Planning"
    (ABA/RPTE eCLE Webinar)
  • May 13, 2016
    Presented: "Never Pay Estate Taxes - the Annual Taxable Gifts Approach"
    (ABA Spring Trusts & Estates Symposia, Boston, Massachusetts)
  • May 12, 2016
    Presented: "Taxation of Trusts After Divorce: Grantor Trusts, Section 682 and International Considerations"
    (ABA Spring Trusts & Estates Symposia, Boston, Massachusetts)
  • May 11, 2016
    Presented: "Creative Estate Planning Strategies for Using Lifetime QTIPs in Lieu of Portability"
    (ALI CLE Estate Planning Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • May 6, 2016
    Presented: "The Annual Taxable Gift Approach"
    (Carter Center's Planning Giving Advisory Council, Atlanta, Georgia)
  • May 5, 2016
    Presented: "Creative Estate Planning Strategies for Lifetime QTIPs"
    (Maryland State Bar Association, 2016 Advanced Estate Planning Institute, Columbia, Maryland)
  • April 28, 2016
    Presented: "Lifetime QTIPs:  Why Should They Be Ubiquitous in Estate Planning?"
    (Washington, D.C. Estate Planning Council, McLean, Virginia)
  • April 18, 2016
    Discussed "Creative Estate Planning Strategies for Lifetime QTIPs"
    (Wells Fargo Wealth Planning Educational Call)
  • January 14, 2016
    Presented: "Lifetime QTIPs:  Why They Should be Ubiquitous in Estate Planning"
    (50th Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning)
  • January 14, 2016
    Co-Presented: "Lifetime QTIPs:  Tax and Asset Protection Strategies and Post-Divorce Concerns"
    (50th Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning)
  • September 18, 2015
    Presented: "Marital Deduction and Portability"
    (Florida Fellows Institute, Tampa, Florida)
  • June 16, 2015
    Co-Presented: "Annual Taxable Gifts Approach"
    (Wilmington Tax Group, The University and Whist Club, Wilmington, Delaware)
  • April 7, 2015
    Presented: "Creative Estate Planning Strategies for using Lifetime QTIPs"
    (ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Webinar)  
  • February 10, 2015
    Presented: "The Intermediary CLAT Alternative to the Residuary Estate Family Foundation Gift"
    (East Coast Estate Planning Council, West Palm Beach, Florida)
  • October 31, 2014
    Presented: "Creatively Using Lifetime and Testamentary QTIPs -- A Federal and Washington Perspective"
    (WSBA Seattle 59th Annual Estate Planning Seminar, Seattle, Washington)
  • October 28, 2014
    Presented: "The Intermediary Charitable Lead Annuity Trust Alternative to the Residuary Estate Family Foundation Gift"
    (Estate Planning Council of Montgomery County, Bethesda, MD)
  • October 22, 2014
    Presented: "Creative Estate Planning Strategies for Using Lifetime QTIPs"
    (ALI CLE Video Webcast, Philadelphia, PA)
  • October 1, 2014
    Presented: "The Intermediary Charitable Lead Annuity Trust Alternative to the Residuary Estate Family Foundation Gift"
    (ABA/RPTE Charitable Planning and Organization Group's Teleconference)
  • September 14, 2014
    Co-Presented: "And Now for a Word from Our Sponsor:  QTIP - Lifetime QTIPs"
    (ACTEC 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, Washington, DC)
  • June 13, 2014
    Presented: "Portability: Too Propitiously Practical to Pontificate its Profligate Properties"
    (33rd Annual Attorney/Trust Officer Conference, Naples, FL)
  • June 10, 2014
    Co-Presented: "Advanced Portability Strategies in Estate Planning: Navigating Asset Composition, Decoupling, GST Exemption Issues and More"
    (Strafford Publications Webinar)
  • May 26, 2014
    Presented: "Portability - The Game has Changed"
    (Estate Planning Council of the Emerald Coast, Destin, FL)
  • May 22, 2014
    Presenter: "Word on the Street: Planning with Portability"
    (WealthCounsel webinar)
  • May 2, 2014
    Co-Presented: "Seeking and Finding New Silver Patterns in a Changed Estate Planning Environment: Creative Inter Vivos QTIP Planning"
    (ABA RPTE Spring Symposia, Chicago, IL)
  • March 12, 2014
    Co-Presented: "Portability: An Update for Estate Planners"
    (ALI Webinar)
  • January 15, 2014
    Co-Panelist: "Clinical Trials with Portability"
    (48th Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning)
  • October 25, 2013
    Presented: "The Intermediary CLAT Alternative to the Residuary Estate Family Foundation Gift"
    (ACTEC 2013 Fall Meeting, Fort Worth, Texas)
  • October 10, 2013
    Co-Presented: "Portability: The Game Has Changed"
    (Strafford Publications Webinar)
  • September 10, 2013
    Presented: "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, is Portability Fairest of All?"
    (Estate Planning Committee of the Tax Section of the District of Columbia Bar, Washington, DC)
  • September 9, 2013
    Moderated: "What Estate Planning Attorneys Need to Know about Health Care Reform and Related Taxes"
    (The District of Columbia Bar, Washington, DC)
  • Aug. 6, 2013
    Co-Presented: "Portability: The Game Has Changed"
    (ABA/RPTE eCLE Webinar on Planning with Portability)
  • June 20, 2013
    Moderated: "Annual Update of DC, MD & VA Legislation and Court Cases Relevant to Estates & Trusts"
    (Estates, Trusts & Probate Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar, Washington, DC)
  • May 30, 2013
    Presented: "Portability: The Game Changer"
    (The Anne Arundel Estate Planning Council, Annapolis, MD)
  • May 29, 2013
    Presented: "Portability: The Game Changer"
    (Maryland State Bar Association Advanced Estate Planning Institute, Columbia, MD)
  • May 28, 2013
    Presented: "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall - Is Portability Fairest of All?"
    (ACTEC MD/DC/VA Spring Meeting, Chevy Chase, MD)
  • May 4, 2013
    Presented: "Portability: A Game Changer for Estate Planning?"
    (The 35th Annual UCLA/CEB Estate Planning Institute, Los Angeles, CA)
  • May 3, 2013
    Program Chair and Moderator of Panel Presentation: "Care and Feeding of 2012 Estate Plans"
    (ABA-RPTE Spring CLE Symposium, Washington, DC)
  • March 13, 2013
    Presented: "Portability: A Game Changer for Estate Planning?"
    (SunTrust Private Wealth Management, Washington, DC)
  • March 8, 2013
    Presented: "Portability and Asset Protection Planning"
    (ACTEC 2013 Annual Meeting, Asset Protection Committee, Maui, HI)
  • March 6, 2013
    Co-Presented: "Portability: Panacea? Pariah? Placebo?"
    (ACTEC 2013 Annual Meeting, Estate and Gift Committee, Maui, HI)
  • January 25, 2013
    Co-Presented: "Portability: Panacea? Pariah? Placebo?"
    (ABA Tax Section's 2013 Mid-Year Meeting, Orlando, FL)
  • November 30, 2012
    Presented: "Portability – Panacea? Pariah? Placebo?"
    (The Florida Bar’s Estate Tax and Asset Protection Seminar, Tampa, FL)
  • November 15, 2012
    Presented: "Fleeting Tax Planning Opportunities for 2012"
    (ABA-RPTE Teleconference/Webinar)
  • November 9, 2012
    Presented: "Hot Topics: Trust & Estate Division"
    (ABA-RPTE Fall Leadership Meeting, Palm Beach, FL)
  • October 23, 2012
    Presented: "Fleeting Tax Planning Opportunities for 2012"
    (Estate Planning Council of Suburban Maryland, Inc., Bethesda)
  • September 26, 2012
    Co-Presented: "Fleeting Opportunities to Make Changes for the 2012 Tax Year"
    (Estates, Trusts & Probate Law Section of the DC Bar, Washington, DC)
  • September 7-9, 2012
    Co-Presented: "Portability: Pariah, Panacea, or Placebo" 
    (2012 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, Verona, New York)
  • May 3-4, 2012
    Co-Presented: "Back to the Future: Planning with Portability, 'I Love You' Wills and Riding into the Sunset" (23rd Annual RPTE Spring Symposia New York, New York)
  • April 11, 2012
    (Co-Presented program on Trust & Estate Law)
    Rossdale CLE Webinar
  • April 25, 2012
    Co-Presented: "Complex Assets: The Most Overlooked Charitable Donations"
    (The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, Washington, DC)
  • November 15, 2011
    "Intra-Family Loans and Loan Forgiveness"
    (Estate Planning Committee of the D.C. Bar's Taxation Section, Washington, DC) 
    Co-Presented with Virginia McArthur
  • September 15, 2011
    Presented: "Donee Selection and Practical Considerations Under Formula Allocation Clauses"
    (BNA/Tax Management - Estates, Gifts, and Trusts Advisory Board Meeting, New York, New York)
  • June 17, 2011
    Co-Panelist: "IRAs…Love them or leave them, trust them or convert them…and are they protected"
    (Florida Bar's 30th Annual Attorney/Trust Officer Liaison Conference, Palm Beach, Florida)
  • April 20, 2011
    "CLE/CPE webinar on Estate Planning Tax Issues for 2011: Navigating the New Landscape for Estate, Gift and Generation Skipping Taxes"
    (Strafford Publications Webinar)
  • April 5, 2011
    Co-Presented: "Same-Sex Spouses, Partners and Section's eCLE Adult Adoptions: Trust Administration Issues Presented by Beneficiary Relationships" 
    (ABA-RPTE Teleconference/Web Cast)
  • March 1, 2011
    Co-Presented: "Donee Selection and Other Practical Considerations Under Petter Type Formula Allocation Clauses"
    (ABA-RPTE Section's eCLE Program)
  • February 2, 2011
    Co-Presented: "Effective Trust & Estate Planning"
    (The Rossdale Group Webinar)
  • November 19, 2010
    "Estate Planning in an Ever Changing Environment Looking Back and Forward in 2010"
    Orlando, Florida
    Florida Bar CLE Program, specifically on:
  • November 5, 2010
    Planning Without an Estate Tax: 2010 Year-End Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Planning
    (BNA Webinar)
  • October 21, 2010
    Montgomery/Prince George's Tax Study Group in affiliation with the MD State Bar Tax Section about Roth IRAs
  • September 23-25, 2010
    2010 ABA Fall Joint Tax Meeting
    Toronto, Canada
    • Spoke on a panel on "Same-Sex Spouses, Partners and Adult Adoptions: Trust Administration Issues Presented by Beneficiary Relationships"
    • Moderated a discussion on "Donee Selection and Other Practical Considerations Under Petter Type Formula Allocation Clauses"
  • November 10, 2009
    Roth IRA Conversion Strategies, District of Columbia Bar
    (Taxation Section/Estate Planning Committee)
  • October 7, 2009
    GRATs and GRUTs: Evaluation Estate Planning Options
    (Strafford Publications Webinar)
  • May 19, 2009
    Estate Tax Planning Strategies for Wealthy Clients
    (Strafford Accounting Teleconferences)