A new wave of regulations has hit the financial services industry; specifically, rules for client suitability and fee disclosures. Just when we thought we had our systems well organized, along comes a whole new set of requirements. Here are three improved standards you can add to your practice.
1. Release of Information form
Beyond spouses authorizing advisors to share information between them, there is an increased need to share information with other parties. Clients now request financial information to be shared with professional advisors, their CPA or attorney and business partners. In response, my practice developed an authorization form, which each client signs, acknowledging the persons or entity and the type of information we are authorized to disclose. Two originals are completed, one for the client and one for our files. This also covers corporate clients with two officers signing to authorize release of information.
2. Combined reporting authorization