Ed Slott and Company hosted its Elite training in Denver April 30 – May 1, with more than 300 member advisors in attendance. Ed Slott was there to preside over the event and provide advisors with IRA training.
Other presenters during the course were Jeff Levine, CPA, and Beverly DeVeny, both technical consultants with Ed Slott and Company.
If you’ve heard Slott speak at an industry event or seen him on PBS just imagine his IRA coverage, but on steroids. The program covered the retirement vehicle from just about every angle imaginable.
As reported during the event, “In the more than 40 years IRAs have been in existence, the retirement vehicle is the largest of its kind with more than $5 trillion invested…
“With more and more baby boomers entering their golden years, investors are relying heavily on their advisors to shed insight on the complex tax and distribution planning dangers they will face once they are ready to tap into their IRA.
“As an advisor, however, it can be extremely difficult to not only be well-versed on IRA rules, but to also stay up-to-date on the latest IRA updates and changes.”
One of the interesting topics covered during the event dealt with designated beneficiaries.
As material from Slott states, “A designated beneficiary is an individual who is named on the IRA beneficiary form, not in the will.” But what happens when there is no designated beneficiary? The short answer is: a whole lot of bad things.
On the following pages, we’ll cover 10 bad things that can happen when there is no designated beneficiary. 1. Intended beneficiaries may be disinherited — the estate may name different beneficiaries than the IRA beneficiary form.