While advisors are not required to provide help with Social Security claiming strategies, some experts believe clients who sue their advisors over bad advice could have a case, bringing a new level of importance to an already very complex planning process. Melanie Waddell talks to experts about some of those claiming strategies.
Most advisors are honest, but even they can find themselves in trouble if in trying to serve their clients, they engage in unethical or illegal behavior. Do you know what you would say to a client who asked you to do something untoward?
Bribery and kickbacks still constitute honest services fraud, but self-dealing and conflicts of interest may not. Peter Chan and Tinos Diamantatos of Morgan Lewis & Bockius explain why the government has a higher legal threshold to prove public corruption than it did before.
Many advisors would agree that helping clients optimize their Social Security benefits is an integral part of retirement income planning, but a surprising number of advisors have not latched on to this important trend. Advisors who fail to incorporate—and become educated on—the myriad Social Security claiming strategies are not only at risk of losing clients, but they’re also putting clients’ retirement security in jeopardy, which could land them in legal hot water.
Actions to rein in entitlement programs by the GOP-controlled Congress could further obscure the already complicated process of optimizing clients’ Social Security benefits. Investment Advisor’s Melanie Waddell examines the challenges advisors face in helping their clients with claiming strategies—and what could happen if they don’t.