Under the Hood: What You Need to Know About Wills, Pt. 3: Fiduciaries and Trusts
An advisor can play a key role in a client's estate planning, though tread carefully and respectfully around the estate planning attorney.
Under the Hood: What You Need to Know About Wills, Pt. 2: Real Estate, Bequests
Even though you as an advisor may not be the primary estate planning team member, you are in a unique position to add value.
Enhancing Creditor Protection of IRA Funds
Despite a recent Supreme Court ruling to the contrary, inherited IRAs may be vulnerable to bankruptcy creditors. Here's a strategy for stronger protection.
In Search of the Best Financial Planning Software: MoneyGuidePro
Is MoneyGuidePro the right financial planning software for you? It's got many impressive features, for sure, but also a few drawbacks.
Under the Hood: What You Need to Know About Wills, Pt. I: The Checklist
Financial planners should know how to review a client's will to ensure their wishes are met. Here's the first part of my estate planning checklist.
Don’t Let Clients Take Their Passwords to the Grave
Digital estate planning expert Jamie Hopkins on how helping clients safeguard digital assets benefits advisors, and how it's even more complicated than you think.
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.