Estate Planning for Scientologists

November 12, 2019

This webinar will explain how estate planners might modify planning and documents for a client who is a member of the Church of Scientology, or a Scientologist. How should all estate planning, and even business entity, documents be modified to reflect Scientology views of psychiatry and psychotropic drugs? How can belief in future lives be integrated into an estate plan? When and how should mandatory arbitration before panel of Church members be used in estate planning? How might bequests to heirs who are active members of the Church (Sea Org) be modified given the support they are given from the Church? Due to the Biased media coverage the Church has received, it might be important for the planning for a client who is a Scientologist to take additional steps to secure privacy and assure that his or her wishes are carried out. These are in addition to the modifications which might be necessary or desirable to conform documents to Scientology beliefs. Some practical suggestions on practice modifications to guide Scientology clients will also be provided.

Speakers: Martin Shenkman, Esq. and Thomas Cummins. Mr. Cummins is a lifelong Scientologist, a prominent and active member of the Church, and a successful businessman. His international business and investment interests span three continents, and a wide array of industries. Mr. Cummins has been actively involved in developing various planning techniques and sample clauses to help estate planning conform with tenets of the Church of Scientology.

This is the 5th webinar in an ongoing series on religion and estate planning. Recordings of all installments can be viewed at

Sponsors: Interactive Legal.

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