Top Ten Estate Planning and Estate Tax Developments of 2017

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time: 5:15pm - 7:30pm
Location: Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm Street
Speaker: Ron Aucutt


Registration and cocktails

5:15pm – 5:45pm


5:45pm – 6:30pm


6:30pm – 7:30pm



Register below by Friday, Dec. 8th

You will be sent an email confirmation.


HANDOUT - The speaker will provide the handout after the program.

The handout-takeaway will be a two-page list of the ten developments, with citations and a few details, designed to be printed on both sides of a single page and given to the audience as they leave the program.” 

Because of this special circumstance, all attendees will be provided with a printed handout, after the program.

We plan to upload the handout to the SAEPC website the day after the program. You will be able to access it below.


About the speaker

Ronald D. Aucutt is a partner in the Tysons, Virginia, office of McGuireWoods LLP and is co-chair of the firm’s Private Wealth Services Group. Ron concentrates on planning and controversy matters involving the estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes, the income taxation of trusts and estates, and the rules regarding tax-exempt organizations and charitable contributions. He has extensive experience in assisting clients with the transfer of wealth from one generation to another, particularly including the orderly and tax-efficient succession of family-owned businesses. He also advises lawyers and other professionals on tax planning and controversy issues across the entire spectrum of estate planning and charitable giving, including the complex rules governing generation-skipping transfers under chapter 13 and the special valuation rules under chapter 14 of the Internal Revenue Code. He is experienced in resolving tax issues through rulings in the Internal Revenue Service’s National Office and in administrative appeals throughout the country. He has contributed to the formation of tax policy through legislation since 1976, as well as in Treasury regulations, has served as an expert witness in estate and gift tax matters, and in 2014 through 2016 served three years as a member of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council and two years as chair of its “OPR Subgroup” (working with the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility). He was appointed in 2015 to be the Reporter for the current revision of the Uniform Principal and Income Act.

Ron was recognized as one of Washington’s 31 “Best Lawyers” in the December 2011 issue of Washingtonian and as one of the top 30 “Stars of the Bar” in the December 2009 issue of Washingtonian; he holds Chambers USA’s “Band 1” ranking for Wealth Management; and he was elected to the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils Estate Planning Hall of Fame and given the designation of Distinguished Accredited Estate Planner in 2009. He was awarded the 1995-1996 Estate Planner of the Year Award by the Washington, D.C. Estate Planning Council. His biography appears in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and Who’s Who in the World. He is also listed in the Best Lawyers in America.

Ron is a Fellow and former President (2003-04) of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, an academician of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law and former member of its Council (2000-04), a former Vice Chair (Committee Operations) of the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation (1998-2000), a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the Christian Legal Society. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the University of Miami Philip E. Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, the Advisory Board of the Florida Tax Institute, and Tax Management’s Advisory Board on Estates, Gifts, and Trusts.

Ron received a B.A. degree in 1967 and a J.D. degree in 1975, both from the University of Minnesota. He has been a lecturer in law at the University of Virginia School of Law. He has lectured on estate planning subjects at over 150 tax institutes and conferences nationwide and is the author of more than 200 published articles on estate planning and other tax subjects. He is co-author of Structuring Estate Freezes, published by Warren, Gorham & Lamont and supplemented twice a year.

Ron was in the Navy from 1970 to 1973. He served in Vietnam and achieved the rank of lieutenant.

Ron lives in Falls Church, Virginia, and Olathe, Kansas. He is married to Nancy Schmidt Roush, an estate planning lawyer in Kansas City. He has two sons, David and Jamie, a daughter-in-law Evelyn (David’s wife), and a grandson Brayden, who all live in Chicago.


About the program

Learn about the top ten estate planning and estate tax developments of 2017, the likely developments in 2018, and the implications for your practice. Topics will include:

- What is the status of the estate tax, and is that status really permanent?

- What is the nature of rulemaking in Washington these days, and how does that affect the anticipated regulatory agenda?

- Can the consistent basis rules ever make any sense?

- What in the world is happening with valuation discounts?




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