The Salvation Army to Host Virtual Estate and Charitable Gift Planning Institute


Hartford, CT – The Salvation Army serving Connecticut and Rhode Island is once again hosting a FREE symposium for attorneys, financial planners, and other professional advisors. This year’s event will take place on Tuesday, May 17th and will be virtual, so that participants can attend from a place of their convenience. The program scheduled from 9:00 am until 3:25 pm will offer continuing education credits, including CPE, CTFA, CFP, CLE, and CE for Insurance. Those interested can register by May 16th at

“This is a great way to stay up-to-date on new tax laws impacting charitable gift plans,” said Michael Afflitto, Director of Gift Planning for The Salvation Army. “There have never been more tools and resources than there are now for individuals looking to maximize short and long-term plans for charitable gifts. With options like charitable remainder trusts, different types of gift annuities, trusts, donor advised funds and others, there are tremendous opportunities for folks to accomplish their legacy goals,” continued Afflitto.

This year’s symposium will feature industry experts including:

Conrad Teitell is a principal in the Connecticut and Florida law firm of Cummings & Lockwood, based in the firm’s Stamford office. Teitell chairs the firm’s National Charitable Planning Group. He is an adjunct professor (Masters Graduate Program in Estate Planning) at the University of Miami School of Law and has lectured in all 50 states on taxes and estate planning.

Heather J. Rhoades serves as Chairman of Cummings & Lockwood’s Private Clients Group and is Partner in Charge of the West Hartford office. She practices in the areas of estate planning, estate settlement, trust administration and charitable planning. Heather is a member of the Firm’s National Charitable Planning Group.

Jack N. Alpern, founder and shareholder in the Warren, Ohio law firm of Jack N. Alpern Co., L.P.A. Mr. Alpern has presented estate planning seminars on behalf of financial institutions for attorneys throughout Eastern Ohio. Most recently, he has served as an instructor for Chautauqua Institution in western New York, teaching a course entitled, “The Inheritance We Leave to Our Heirs…a Blessing or a Curse.”
Steve Hartnett brings a broad range of educational and professional experiences to the Academy. Mr. Hartnett has practiced estate planning in a large law firm, managed a closely held business, and taught law in both academic and professional settings.

Barry H. Zimmer, founder of the Zimmer Law Firm (est. June 1993), is a specialist in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and Business Succession Planning. His goal was and continues to be helping clients understand and de-mystify the often-confusing world of Estate Planning in an ever-changing society, and to implement effective Estate Planning with minimal effort and time investment.

“Not only will participants gain a deeper understanding on how to meet their clients’ philanthropic needs, but they will also be able to ask questions of our panelists, who are some of the nation’s top estate planning attorneys,” said Afflitto.

Topics covered will include:

Session I: “To Trust, or Not to Trust”
Session II: “Hypo-Ethicals”
Session III: “Specific Case Law and Situations for Charitable Estate Planning”
Session IV: “Watch Your Step and Current Changes in Tax and Estate Planning Law”
Session V: Wrap-up Discussion/Q&A

For more information about The Salvation Army’s gift planning tools visit or call 860-702-0071.  To learn more about The Salvation Army’s services and how the organization is helping neighbors in need, visit

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