In a May 13, 2010 post, I described Conrad Teitell as “an esteemed practicing lawyer, adjunct professor, writer, and speaker. His insights and teachings guide so many practitioners.”
Teitell also creatively writes songs and plays to convey legal information and developments and to entertain.
Teitell acts as the pro bono counsel to the American Council on Gift Annuities (an organization of over 1,200 educational, social welfare, environmental and other charitable organizations). Over the years, he has given presentations at the final luncheons at ACGA’s national meetings.
The presentations are not lectures. They are skits that Teitell writes, produces, casts, and directs. There are actors and musicians. At ACGA’s most recent final luncheon in New Orleans, on April 30, the finale even included three gymnasts.
The New Orleans production was called “AVATAX – Planned Giving on Planet PandIRA.” Teitell played the parts of J.D., General William Booth and Jane Austen. Teitell has generously shared the playbill and script for “AVATAX:”
The following topics are covered in “AVATAX”:
- perils of charitable “gifts” as tax shelters
- information needed for planning charitable gifts
- strategies for FLIP-CRUTs
- the doctrine of scrivener’s error
- the status of the charitable provisions in the Extender’s bill
- Bilski v. Doll -- a business strategy patent case soon to be taken up by the Supreme Court
- a proposed bill that Teitell drafted that would extend the charitable IRA rollover to life-income gifts
The proposed bill and its English explanation are in the playbill.
(The preceding summary was adapted from an e-mail by Teitell. I am grateful for the material Teitell has shared.)