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					        WILLS, TRUST & ESTATES CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION

                      SAMPLE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS


                                Sample Essay Question
                                  (5 points-9minutes)

       D dies on June 1, 2002 at age 62. D is the owner of an IRA and has named both
   his wife (W) (age 58) and son (S) (age 32) as co-beneficiaries.          When must
   distribution start and how would the MRD be calculated?


                       Model Answer for Sample Essay Question

       Because there were two beneficiaries named, W cannot roll over the IRA and
cannot delay distributions until the date on which D would have attained 70-1/2 years of
age. Distributions would have to start on or before December 31, 2003. Distributions
would be calculated on W's life expectancy as the oldest beneficiary. 2001 Prop. Reg.
'1.401(a)(9)-5. Q@A-7(a); However, under the new rules, the IRA could be divided into
two separate accounts if the division were accomplished prior to December 31, 2003.
One account could name W as beneficiary and the other name S as beneficiary. Then W
could roll over her account or leave it in D's IRA. If she rolled it over, she could name
her own beneficiary and delay distributions until she reached 70-1/2. Alternatively, she
could leave it in D's IRA and start withdrawals at such time as D would have attained 70-
1/2 years of age. If the account were divided, S would have to start withdrawals based
on his life expectancy on December 31, 2003. Prop. Reg. 'l.401(a)(9)-8(A-2)(b).
Sample Multiple Choice Questions

       1. A Will contestant presents his case for undue influence. At the conclusion of
the presentation of his case, the Judge rules that the Will contestant has created a
Carpenter presumption. The effect of this ruling is that:

       (a)    The burden of proof shifts to the Will proponent respondent who must
              prove by the greater weight of the evidence that the Will is valid.

       (b)    Will proponent has the duty to come forward with a reasonable
              explanation for his/her actions.

       (c)    Will proponent must prove the validity of the Will by clear and convincing
              evidence.

       (d)    The Will must be held invalid.

       (e)    None of the above.

Answer:       (b) In Re Carpenter’s Estate, 253 So.2d 697 (Fla. 1971). Answer is based
              on the law in effect as of 2000. Date of question: 2000.


        2. A neighbor (N) of the decedent who loaned some expensive tools to the
decedent and is unable to recover his property from the personal representative, files a
claim. After an objection by the personal representative, N files an independent action.
Another friend (F) knows of the loan and wishes to testify along with N. The personal
representative’s attorney objects to either of them testifying as to oral representations
regarding the loan under the dead person’s statute. Which of the following statements is
correct?

       (a)    The objection is only valid if the estate has not waived the dead person’s
              statute.

       (b)    The objection is valid as to both persons.

       (c)    The objection is not valid as to N, but is valid as to F.

       (d)    The objection is not valid as to F, but is valid as to N.

       (e)    The objection is not valid as the dead person’s statute does not apply to a
              claim for recovery of property from a personal representative.

Answer:       (d) Florida Statutes §90.602(1) and §733.702(1). Answer is based
              on the law in effect as of 2000. Date of question: 2000.

				
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