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Choosing an Investment Adviser for a Special Needs Trust

Trustees of special needs trusts have a duty to properly manage the funds in their care. However, most trustees, especially non-professional ones, are not sophisticated investors and they should not be directly managing the...more

Financial Preventive Care – 6 Steps to Maximize Asset Protection

Like people who are in good health and believe they do not need to see a doctor or engage in preventive medicine, many who are healthy financially, often are not too concerned about protecting their assets from the claims of...more

7 Ways You Can Prepare for Your First Estate Planning Meeting

Somewhere on every grown-up person’s to-do list is an entry that reads something like “tackle estate plan”. You may even find it among your New Year’s resolutions. The prospect of planning your estate with an attorney can be...more

So you won the powerball, now what?

Three people today won the 1.6 billion dollar powerball drawing. One ticket was bought in Melbourne Florida. If you are the winner what should you do before claiming the ticket. First, call your lawyer, financial advisor and...more

Just the Two of Us: Estate Planning for the Childless Dual-Income Household

If you've had the privilege of hanging around a group of excited estate planners, at one point or another the abbreviation "DINK" may have been thrown into the conversation. For those who are not experts in estate planning...more

Business Succession Planning - January 2016

The transition of a family owned or closely-held business involves a variety of legal and tax issues. This goals of this process, however, should be focused on issues that are just as important – if not more important – than...more

Family Trust Company Legislation Passes Ohio House

On December 9, 2015, House Bill 229 was passed by the Ohio House of Representatives by a vote of 84-8. The bill, which was almost two years in the making, allows an Ohio family to establish its own trust company to serve as...more

FCA warns on improper delegation of authorised activities

FCA has published a notice addressed to financial adviser firms and their advisers on the improper delegation of authorised activities. It has noticed some firms operate a business model which includes delegating regulated...more

Who Will Be Able To Afford It?

The World War II generation was raised in the depths of the Great Depression, and came out the other side with a strong penchant for saving their money. Many accomplished the goal of retiring with no mortgages, and in...more

CFPB releases report on retirement security and planning tool

In conjunction with the retirement planning event that the CFPB is holding in Washington, D.C. today with the Social Security Administration, the CFPB has issued a report, “Issue Brief: Social Security claiming age and...more

CFPB to hold retirement planning event

The CFPB has announced that it will be holding an event about retirement planning with the Social Security Administration in Washington, D.C. on November 12, 2015. After remarks from Director Cordray and Acting Commissioner...more

Change Your Will When Your Divorce Is Final

Hi there, All the more reason that you need to follow up with a qualified financial and estate planner after a divorce! Best,Nancy...more

So How are Those "Pension Freedoms" Working Out?

In April 2015 the UK woke up to a world of freedom. Pension freedom. From that date if you had a defined contribution pension pot and were 55 or over, it was up to you what you did with the money. You could buy an annuity,...more

The First Step to Financial Peace is Having a Plan

If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that I am a fan of Dave Ramsey and his approach to eliminating debt. This is kind of a strange thing for a bankruptcy lawyer (for some weird reason many bankruptcy attorneys...more

Employee Benefits – Do Employers Owe a 401(k) Fiduciary Duty?

Back in July, we discussed how Jed Clampett of Mama’s Fried Pies caused his VP of marketing Elly May to suffer exorbitant taxes due to a deferred bonus that he offered.  This month, Jed finds himself again in the grease with...more

AML Update: The Rumors Are True – FinCEN Proposes Regulations That Will Require SEC Registered Investment Advisers to Adopt an AML...

On September 1, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) published in the Federal Register long-rumored proposed regulations that will require Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”)-registered investment...more

CFPB to hold event on financial management for seniors

The CFPB has announced that it will hold an event in Springfield, Virginia on August 17, 2015 about financial management for seniors and their caregivers. The event will feature remarks from Director Cordray and Virginia...more

SEC Issues Investor Alerts

Have you, a family member, a client or a friend ever been approached to make an investment where you were not sure if the person soliciting you to invest was trustworthy? If so, you are not alone. In fact, in response to...more

Estate Planning Pitfall: Your IRA owns real estate

Most people invest their IRA funds in stocks, bonds and mutual funds. But others may opt for nontraditional investments, such as real estate, in the hope of boosting their returns. As this article details, when choosing to...more

Insights Newsletter - Spring 2015

In This Issue: - The Importance of Accredited Investors for Small Business Capital Formation - “All Appropriate Inquiries”: Update on the Environmental Due Diligence Standard - A Hunt for Justice Erodes...more

Getting the Best Medical Care: a Newsletter from Patrick Malone - June 2015

In This Issue: - Demographics = Destiny - It's (Very) Expensive - Make Planning a Priority - How to Shop for Long-Term Care Policies - Buyer Beware - Excerpt from Introduction: Looking Ahead: Preparing for...more

Proportionate liability now dead for financial planners?

On May 13th, The High Court significantly diminished (and arguably removed) the benefit of proportionate liability provisions in the Corporations Act and the ASIC Act in its judgment of Selig v Wealthsure Pty Ltd [2015] HCA...more

3 Ways to Use Your Tax Refund to Solve Your Debt Problem

It is the time of year when people are gearing up to get their taxes filed. Many will get a nice tax refund check and while what I am about to propose may be some of the least fun things you can do with a tax refund check,...more

Be Wary of Estate Tax Provisions in the Proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

It's time to call your estate and financial planners - new tax provisions in the proposed FY 2016 budget once again show the specter of potentially brutal taxes at death for the moderately wealthy....more

Compulsory examinations for financial planners on the horizon

ASIC has used its opening address to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services to advocate for compulsory examination of financial planners. ...more

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