Orange County Tax and Financial Forum


8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: The Pacific Club
4110 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Don’t Miss This Event!

You are invited to the first annual Orange County Tax and Financial Forum, joining individuals in all areas of financial planning with top national tax and financial experts to grow business and successfully meet the needs of an expanding client base. Reserve your spot now!

Cost: FPA Members $50, Non-Members $70, Walk-Up $95
Lunch and Parking are included. 

We anticipate offering CFP® CE, CPA CPE, and MCLE.

RSVP: By Wednesday, October 10, 2018



8:00 am Registration and Networking
9:00 am
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
9:15 am
Gideon Rothschild, JD, CPA
10:55 pm
Networking and Presentations
12:00 pm Thomas J. Pauloski, J.D. (Lunch)
1:15 pm Kevin Curtis
2:15 pm Networking and Dessert
2:45 pm Robin Kalota and Joy Berus, Esq.
3:45 pm Concluding Remarks and Raffle Drawing
4:00 pm PM Wine Reception


Gideon Rothschild, JD, CPA

Moses & Singer, LLP, Past Chair of the Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association

Session Title: Why and How to Protect Your Client’s Assets from Creditors, Predators, and Departing Spouses

Summary:  Asset protection planning has become recognized as an important and integral aspect of the estate planning process. No longer is asset protection limited to offshore strategies. Seventeen states have now enacted legislation providing creditor protection for self-settled trusts. Among the topics to be discussed – when to use domestic vs. foreign trusts; challenges against self-settled trusts; the use of discretionary trusts for asset protection; tax compliance for offshore trusts.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to integrate asset protection into the estate plan
  • When to use self-settled trusts vs. discretionary trusts
  • Identifying candidates for asset protection to avoid fraudulent transfer challenges

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Bio: Gideon Rothschild is a partner with the New York City law firm of MOSES & SINGER LLP, where he co-chairs the Trusts & Estates and Wealth Preservation Group. He focuses his practice in the areas of domestic and international estate planning techniques for high net worth clients and is a nationally recognized authority on wealth preservation and offshore trusts.

Mr. Rothschild is the co-author of the BNA Tax Management portfolio on Asset Protection Planning and a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of Tax Management Estates, Gifts, and Trusts, and Trusts and Estates. He is the author of numerous articles for publications including the New York Law Journal, Journal of Asset Protection, Trusts and Estates and Estate Planning, a former Adjunct Professor, University of Miami School of Law Graduate Program in Estate Planning, frequent lecturer on asset protection and estate planning to professional groups including University of Miami’s Philip E. Heckerling Institute, New York University Federal Tax Institute, the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Southern Federal Tax Institute and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Rothschild is also licensed as a Certified Public Accountant.

Thomas J. Pauloski, J.D.,

National Managing Director for Wealth Planning and Analysis, Alliance Bernstein

Session Title:  Making Estate Planning Great Again: Trumping Uncertainty with Strategies That Make Sense in any Environment


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Bio: Thomas J. Pauloski is National Managing Director for Wealth Planning and Analysis, the research division of Bernstein Private Wealth Management’s Private Client Group. He works with private clients and their advisors on wealth transfer strategies, focusing on tax-efficient wealth management and asset allocation decisions. Previously, Tom was a partner at the Chicago law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, where he concentrated his practice in estate, tax, and business planning. Tom also has been a member of the Chicago law firm of Levin & Schreder, Ltd., a Vice President in the Private Client Group of Zurich Life in Long Grove, Illinois, and a partner at the Chicago law firm of Schiff Hardin & Waite.

Tom is a nationally known speaker on estate planning, tax, and insurance issues, and has written numerous articles and continuing legal education materials on estate planning topics. He serves on the faculty of the American Bankers Association National Trust and National Graduate Trust Schools, and has served on the adjunct faculty of the Cannon Financial Institute Schools. Tom has been an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has taught estate planning classes at Northwestern University Law School. Tom also has served on the editorial board of Trusts & Estates magazine. He retired from the United States Naval Reserve in 2003, after 21 years of service.

Tom received his bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering from Northwestern University, and his juris doctor, magna cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Loyola Law Journal.

Kevin Curtis,

Senior Vice President, Private Client Group, PIMCO

Session Title: 2019 Economic Forecast


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Robin Kalota,

Joy Berus, Esq.,

Founder, Plan Art, LLC Berus Law Group

Session Title:
 Tax and Financial Implications Relating to Art and Other Collectibles


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn new art and collectible appraiser and appraisal requirements.
  • Learn estate reporting requirements related to art and collectibles, and the latest on discounts and estate planning for the client’s tangible wealth.
  • Learn the steps required to insure a donor’s FMV tax deduction when donating art or collectibles.
  • Learn lifetime tax planning tools for the sale, consignment, purchase or donation of art and collectibles.

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Bio: Robin Kalota is the founder and principal of Plan Art LLC. Ms. Kalota has more than 25 years of experience in providing diversified wealth management services for high net worth individuals and families, helping clients realize their investment, estate planning and philanthropic goals. Before founding Plan Art LLC, Ms. Kalota spent 19 years as a Senior Wealth Manager for the Bank of New York Mellon, where she customized wealth management plans through collaboration with tax, legal and planning advisors.

Through Plan Art, Ms. Kalota helps families determine planning options for their art collections. This includes collection analysis, procuring the appropriate appraisals and valuation of the collection, identifying transfer options such as donation, selling or gifting art, and evaluating how, when and to whom the collection will be transferred.

Through Plan Art, Ms. Kalota brings together a team of experts to address the tax, legal and insurance implications of the art transfer process, and to provide oversight over the execution of a well- conceived plan.

Bio: Joy Berus has been a practicing art law attorney for over twenty-five years. She is an author and contributor in such forums as Forbes, CBS Marketwatch, Investor’s Business Daily, the Wall Street Journal, the CCH Journal of Practical Estate Planning and the CCH Journal of Retirement Planning. Ms. Berus has also co-lectured with the IRS Chief of Art Appraisal Services Karen Carolan at various IRS & American Society of Appraisers Symposiums on IRS Personal Property Tax and Valuation Issues. Her art law practice includes assisting clients with acquisitions, sales, consignments, loans, valuations, charitable donations, charitable trusts and estate planning provisions regarding art, antiques, collectibles, copyright matters, license agreements, historical property fixtures and historical property. She is a member of California Lawyers for the Arts; Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM);the American Association of Museums; the Western Museum Association; ArtTable, and she is an affiliate member of both the American Society of Appraisers and the Appraisers Association of America.