Natalie Choate’s Seminar Schedule

Here are all my currently booked seminars, by date and city. I hope to see you soon at one of them!

All seminars are for professional audiences unless otherwise indicated. If no contact phone number or linked web site is shown, the event is for members only. The topic for these talks is some aspect of “Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits” unless otherwise noted.

*An asterisk indicates a NEW engagement added since the last update or a seminar with changed information since the last update—such as a new date, topic or contact person.

Additional Natalie Choate pre-recorded webinars not listed here may be offered through Leimberg Information Services and Boston Tax Institute ). Check those sites for current listings.

All seminars will cover the SECURE Act as it affects planning for retirement benefits INCLUDING the February 2022 IRS proposed SECURE regulations unless otherwise noted.

Note: Seminars are either “LIVE SEMINAR” (in-person event) or “WEBCAST” (webinar broadcast). A webinar is “live”-type video via Zoom or similar platform unless it is noted as “audio-plus-slides” in which case there is no live video, just voice/audio with some form of prepared visuals.

September 16, 2022

Ohio State Bar Association

The Marvin R. Pliskin Advanced Probate and Estate Planning Seminar

Natalie is presenting via WEBCAST at this live all-day event held in Columbus, OH

2-hour presentation: Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits after SECURE

First hour—one beneficiary

Second hour—multiple beneficiaries

More information

September 23, 2022

Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA)

Richmond, VA


3-hour presentation:
“Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits”
Patty McSherry

October 13, 2022

First State Bank and Trust

Bayport, MN


3-hour presentation:
Planning for Retirement Benefits under SECURE, including Case Studies

Beth Aza

*October 20, 2022

Maryland State Bar Association, Estate & Trust Section


90-minute presentation

Case Studies in Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits: Real Life Situations after SECURE

Richard L. Adams, III, Esq.


*October 24, 2022

The 2022 Virtual Tax & Estate Planning Forum


Three segments, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time

1st session: Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits after SECURE: Case studies including trust drafting guide. 1.5 hours

2d session: Post‑death administration of retirement benefits: What to do when the participant dies: RMD compliance, post‑mortem planning, and account transfers: Step by step guide for executors, trustees, and beneficiaries. 1.5 hours

3d session: Retirement benefits: Fast survey of two special topics: Charitable giving with retirement benefits; and Roth accounts—planning ideas, pitfalls, how to get a Roth account. 1 hour.

More information

October 27, 2022

Southern Federal Tax Institute

Atlanta, GA


One hour +/- presentation as part of the 5-day Institute:
“Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits in a Post-SECURE World”

November 4, 2022

Boston Tax Institute


“Estate planning and trust drafting for retirement benefits: Two+ years into SECURE

Estate planners need to understand the new post‑SECURE minimum distribution rules for IRAs and other retirement accounts, and how these impact planning for our clients’ retirement benefits. IRS Proposed SECURE Regulations issued February 2022 contain good and bad surprises. Minimum distributions are getting more complicated than ever, with less reward for “compliance.” Natalie Choate explains clients’ choices when leaving retirement benefits to the surviving spouse, minor child, disabled individual, or “other” beneficiary, including which trusts do and do not qualify for “eligible designated beneficiary” status. The “minimum distribution trust rules” you still must know, including the IRS’s February 2022 proposed regulations. Plus, how the “10‑year rule” works, SECURE’s effect on pre‑2020 decedents, and the seven features of fiduciary income taxes that can destroy (or salvage) your client’s retirement benefits.

Minimum distribution COMPLIANCE is going to be complicated—that’s too bad for plan administrators, beneficiaries and their advisors. To focus on PLANNING, you need to get out of the RMD compliance weeds and look at the big picture. This webinar is for planners who must advise clients and draft/administer trusts NOW.

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Eastern time)

More Information

*November 7, 2022

Maine State Bar Association

LIVE SEMINAR in Freeport, ME

“Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits in a Post-SECURE World”

3 one-hour sessions: Planning for one beneficiary; Planning for multiple beneficiaries; trusts as beneficiary of retirement account.

Linda Morin-Pasco

CLE Director, Main State Bar Association

(207) 622-7554

November 15, 2022

Eugene Oregon Estate Planning Council


2-hour presentation (with ½ hour break in the middle)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; then 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Topic(s): To be determined
Laurel Ferguson

December 1, 2022

Great Plains Federal Tax Institute

Omaha, Nebraska


“Case Studies in Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits: Real Life Situations after SECURE”
“IRA Mistakes and How to Fix Them”
Or call Cindy Lilleoien, Event Coordinator 402-483-4234

January 13, 2023

57th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning

University of Miami Law School

Orlando, FL


1.5 hour presentation:

Down and Dirty Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits:

Clients’ real options under SECURE for leaving benefits to spouse, children, other beneficiaries, including how to draft the trust to carry out the plan, from “see-through status” to “toggles.”