The Community Foundation hosts an educational seminar each year specifically designed for professional advisors, which offers continuing education credits for CPAs and attorneys.

Each seminar presents timely issues and new developments in estate and financial planning that helps you help your clients.

The 2016 Seminar is schedule for November 10, 2016 at Lee University from 11:30-4:15.


11:45                    Welcome – Lee University

11:45-12:00         Lunch

11:55-12:00         Introduce Speakers – Community Foundation

12:00-1:00           First Presentation – Dr. Ingrid Hart

1:00-1:15              Break (Lunch only attendees exit)

1:15-2:15              Second Presentation – Lee Ann Adams

2:15-3:15              Third Presentation – Douglas Karr

3:15-4:15              Fourth Presentation – Matt Buyer


Dr. Ingrid Hart, CPA, CGMA will present The Path Act and Charitable IRAs

Each year brings its own set of challenges and opportunities for better accounting and tax planning; 2016 is no exception. This presentation aims to revisit some of the considerations related to the newly legislated PATH Act which Congress passed on December 18, 2015 that renews and makes permanent, the Charitable IRA provision of 2006.  The presentation will include a discussion of who stands to benefit most from this type of tax-saving gift to charity.


Lee Ann Adams, JD, with GEARHISER, PETERS, ELLIOTT & CANNON, PLLC will present Estate Planning for an Aging Population.

The rapid growth in the number of Americans over age 65, and ever-increasing life expectancies, dramatically affect the estate planning industry.  Clients and their family members inevitably must deal with emotional and financial issues that may impact relationships and endanger wealth built over a lifetime.  Critical estate planning matters for aging clients and their family members include the following:

  • Potential for financial elder abuse
  • Testamentary capacity and undue influence
  • Design and efficacy of revocable trusts, durable powers of attorney and advanced directives
  • Long-term care insurance


Douglas Karr, CFP(TM) CRC(TM), Divisional Service Director with Protective Life will present Meeting Retirement Challenges with Annuities including:

  • Understanding retirement challenges
  • Retirement solutions
  • Understanding annuities
  • Benefits of annuities
  • Function and types of annuities
  • How annuities can be used


Matthew G. Buyer, JD, CTFA, Trust Services Advisor with Pinnacle Financial Partners will present Practical Considerations when Choosing a Fiduciary including:

  • Definition of fiduciary
  • Types of fiduciaries
  • Individual as a fiduciary
  • Corporate/professional fiduciary
  • Reasons to consider each
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Case studies

The lunch session provides one hour of continuing education credit.  There will be three afternoon sessions for an hour of continuing education credit each (3 hours more possible for a total of 4 hours for the entire seminar).

Please email Cathy Barrett for more information.