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Practical Drafting®

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Practical Drafting, published by Bank of America Private Bank, is the authoritative resource that estate planners and administrators rely on to keep current. It provides expert perspective on a broad range of estate planning issues, and is a comprehensive research tool for answers to most estate planning questions. Written by Richard B. Covey, Esq. and Dan T. Hastings, Esq., Practical Drafting provides two powerful resources: Quarterly Commentaries, an ongoing journal and the Trust & Will Provisions Manual, a comprehensive formbook. Members of Bank of America Private Bank's Office of Chief Fiduciary assist Messrs. Covey and Hastings with identifying topics of interest, research, and editing the publication.

To our valued subscribers:

In consideration of the challenges we have all faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be publishing the April 2020 Quarterly Commentary issue of Practical Drafting®,  and instead will be publishing a double Quarterly Commentary issue combining both the April and July 2020 Quarterly Commentaries.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but are hopeful that you will understand. The authors and editors wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of Practical Drafting®, now in its 38th year of publication, and wish to extend our best wishes to you and yours during this difficult time. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at, or if you need immediate assistance, please call Erica B. Slezak Landeros at 212-852-3628.

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Subscribing to Practical Drafting

An annual subscription to Practical Drafting is available in hardcopy.

  • One year subscription to the Quarterly Commentaries (New subscribers also receive the Trust & Will Provisions Manual): $500
  • Quarterly Commentaries sent by First-Class Mail: additional $25

Marital Deduction and Credit Shelter Dispositions and the Use of Formula Provisions

This book and its annual supplement provides, in a single source, comprehensive and in-depth knowledge on this topic. It reflects all developments in this area since 1984, including the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The book features:

  • Descriptions and comparisons of the principles behind pecuniary amount and fractional share credit shelter and marital deduction dispositions
  • Estate planning considerations
  • Model credit shelter and marital deduction forms
  • A discussion of the impact of state death tax laws and the significance of IRC Sec. 2058
  • An up-to-date appendix on state laws governing which types of dispositions
  • An up-to-date state death tax survey chart
  • An analysis of the Hubert regulations

This publication, acknowledged to be the single most useful work in this subject area, has been cited frequently over the years in case law as well as scholarly publications. You may order this book as a standalone order or with Practical Drafting.

  • For subscribers of Practical Drafting: $250
  • For non-subscribers: $275
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