Building the Modern-Day Stretch IRA: Proceed With Caution
The Supreme Court’s recent finding on non-spousal inherited IRAs has generated renewed interest in how to structure the IRA as a wealth transfer vehicle.
After DOMA, Financial Planning Still a Challenge for Same-Sex Couples
More and more states have struck down gay marriage bans, but uniformity in benefits is still a long way off.
Under the Hood: What You Need to Know About the Federal Estate Tax
What’s included in the estate, what’s the tax on that estate and what are the resources for learning more, including designations to consider achieving.
Are You a Crummey Advisor or Just a Crummy Advisor?
When it comes to passing your clients' wealth to the next generation in the most tax-efficient way, you definitely want to be a Crummey advisor.
Beware of ‘Cliff’ in New York’s New Estate Tax Law
Wilmington Trust’s Sharon Klein considers some implications of the new state law, with one dangerous tax trigger at the edges.
Andy Friedman: 4 Reasons to Use a Trust to Preserve Assets
Families far below the estate tax threshold are catching on to the benefits of trusts, political analyst and tax expert Andy Friedman says.
5 Big Life Events Driving Clients to Seek Advice
People who seek advice during a life-changing event can become loyal clients if you win their trust. Here are some tips for meeting their needs.
4 Ways Advisors Can Help Single Parents Plan for Retirement, College
Saving for retirement and a college education is a constant battle. Here are a few ways advisors can guide single-parent families.
On Inheritance, UBS Urges Families to Break the Silence
Only 34% of affluent benefactors have even revealed their wealth to their children, UBS found in a study on family discussions of inheritance.
Ethical Wills: A Good Way to Get Close to Clients
It may not be right for all your clients, or for your practice, but helping clients draw up an ethical will can deepen your relationship.