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On-line Billing and Payment for 2017 Fees

The State Bar will be launching  a new on-line billing and payment application for 2017 fees.  Paper billing statements will not be sent to members. Instead, statements will be available online through My State Bar Profile. Individual members will continue to be able to make payments online through My State Bar Profile. Attorneys should make sure that the email they have provided for State Bar communications is up to date.

Law firms and agencies will be able to use the State Bar’s new Agency Billing system where they can calculate billing costs and make payments for a group of attorneys.

Please be sure your Section Membership Fees are included in your payment.

Once an attorney’s fees are paid, a paper bar card will be conveniently available for download through My State Bar Profile. Plastic bar cards will still be made available, but only upon request and can also be ordered through My State Bar Profile.

The online billing system makes it easier than ever for individual attorneys and agencies to help make the justice system available to everyone.  When paying your bill, please consider making a contribution in support of legal services for low income Californians.  Your support is a lifeline that can help prevent homelessness, keep kids in school, protect elders from fraud and abuse, and connect veterans to services, among other critical legal assistance.

It is anticipated that the on-line agency and billing application will be available through the State Bar’s website by mid-December.

Go to calbar.ca.gov for more information, or contact Member Records and Compliance at 1-888-800-3400.

Your Comments Needed on 2016 Legislative Proposals

Legislative proposals are developed by various Sections and/or Committees of the State Bar for possible introduction in the California Legislature in 2016. 

The Trusts and Estates Section has several pending proposals. We urge you to read and comment on legislative proposals which may affect Trusts and Estates Practice.  

Thank You for Being a Section Member - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Members Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.

Updated Ethics Guide

Cover of the New Ethics GuideThe Third Edition of the Guide to the California Rules of Professional Conduct for Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Counsel Is Available to Trusts and Estates Section Members at a Special Price

Neither the California Rules of Professional Responsibility nor the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct provide adequate guidance to California practicing trusts and estates lawyers. The Third Edition of the Guide to the California Rules of Professional Conduct for Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Counsel is offered by the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar (TEXCOM) to provide both general and fact-specific guidance to California trusts and estates lawyers facing common and unusual ethical issues and problems, with an emphasis on application of California-specific rules.  The Third Edition replaces the Second Edition, which was released in 2007, and has been updated to reflect the current state of the law, including by way of example changes in the Care Custodian area and evolving social media issues. The updated Guide is an essential addition to the library of every California trust and estate lawyer.

The retail price for the Guide is $85.00. However, the Trusts and Estates Section offers the Guide to Section members at a reduced price of $40.00. 

You can order the Guide directly HERE. Or go to our Sections Bookstore and click on "Trusts and Estates Section".

The Educating Seniors Project Seeks Volunteer Attorneys for Speakers Bureau

Educating Seniors Project Seeks Volunteer Attorneys for Speakers Bureau

The Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar of California is pleased to announce that its Educating Seniors Project (ESP) has a new website: www.educatingseniors.org.  ESP is seeking qualified California attorneys with a passion for helping seniors preserve and protect their independence by giving occasional presentations to seniors on issues of pressing concern, such as:

  • Financial scams targeting seniors, and how to avoid them;
  • Estate planning needs unique to seniors;
  • Detection and prevention of financial elder abuse; and
  • What seniors can do to live independently in their home for as long as possible.

If you are a trusts and estates attorney interested in participating in training to become a part of the ESP Speakers Bureau, and have the flexibility in your schedule to spare an occasional morning or afternoon to speak to seniors about trusts and estates issues, or if you would just like to learn more about the Educating Seniors Project, please contact us at TrustandEstates@calbar.ca.gov.

Trusts and Estates Section on the Radio

Radio station KALW regularly broadcasts "Your Legal Rights," a show in which callers can ask questions of attorneys with expertise in different areas of the law.

  • Listen Now to Major medical and legal issues regarding Alzheimer's Disease – June 15, 2016
  • Listen Now to Tips on How to Avoid Elder Financial Abuse – April 27, 2016
  • Listen Now to Social Security Disability Law – March 23, 2016
  • Listen Now to Estate Planning -- A Discussion of POLSTs, aired January 20, 2016.
  • Listen Now to the State Bar’s publication, “Seniors & the Law: A Guide for Maturing Californians” -- Aired on September 2, 2015 
  • Listen Now to Living Trusts -- Aired on July 15, 2015 
  • Listen Now to The Educating Seniors Project of the Trusts & Estates Section of the State Bar -- Aired on Feb. 18, 2015
  • Listen Now to A Refresher on Estate Planning -- Aired on Dec. 31, 2014
  • Listen Now to Estate Planning for your Golden Years, Program 2 --- Aired on September 17, 2014
  • Listen Now to Estate Planning for your Golden Years, Program 1 --- Aired on July 16, 2014
  • Listen Now to Further "Discussion of Basic Estate Planning Issues" -- Aired on June 4, 2014.
  • Listen Now to "Basic Estate Panning Issues" -- Aired on April 30, 2014.
  • Listen Now to "Medi-Cal Changes and Covered California" -- Aired on April 9, 2014.

Member Benefits from the Trusts and Estates Section

All members of the Trusts and Estates Section receive the following benefits:

Advance Care Health Directive

 The Advance Care Health Directive (Probate Code Section 4700-4701) is posted online on the State of California's Official California Legislative Information Web site. The form provided in Section 4701 can be used to create an advance health care directive. The other sections of this division govern the effect of the form or any other writing used to create an advance health care directive. An individual may complete or modify all or any part of the form in Section 4701.

Toll Free Senior Information Line: 1 - 888 - 460-7364

 The Trust and Estates Section has established an information line to assist you in reporting the activities of attorneys and non-attorneys involved in fraudulent activities against seniors in California. The State Bar of California is authorized to discipline attorneys who have participated in these activities and to pursue complaints against non-attorneys for the unauthorized practice of law. Because of our limited resources, however, we encourage you to also file complaints with other appropriate state agencies and law enforcement branches.

The number is: 1-888-460-7364. Please assist the Section in publicizing the availability of this service! For more resources, see Educating Seniors Speaker Bureau at Educating Seniors.

Legislative Tracking

The State Bar's Office of Governmental Affairs offers online bill tracking page for members of the Sections of the State Bar (as well as the Bar's Board of Trustees and its standing advisory committees).  The page is accessible to all Section members who have created a State Bar Profile. To access the page, log in to your State Bar Profile and go to the Trusts and Estates Section Members Only Area.

Save Money with CEB

CEB Discount Program for Section MembersContinuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Trusts and Estates Section, you're eligible for:

  • 10% off selected CEB print or online books
  • A rebate on your section dues that can be applied to the cost of a CEB Gold CLE Passport or a CLE program ticket

A complete list of the products eligible for a discount is available on a CEB web page accessible through our Members Only Area. Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.


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