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Creditor Protection of Retirement Plan Assets

Assets in qualified retirement plans and individual accounts (IRAs) total more than $20 trillion and represent 34% of U.S. household assets.1 Clients and their advisers are rightfully concerned about insulating those assets...more

The problem with Morgan Stanley’s payment decision

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As you probably heard, Morgan Stanley will be moving to a level compensation approach for its 401(k) advisors. So this means it will do away with commission payments and finder’s fees (for recommending record-keeping...more

The flexibility of stretch IRAs: Learn how your IRA can benefit your spouse and other beneficiaries

IRAs are meant to be used for retirement saving. However, if a person doesn’t need to tap into an IRA for income during retirement, he or she can preserve the assets as part of his or her estate, above and beyond what was...more

Insight on Estate Planning - April/May 2017

Protect multiple generations with a dynasty trust - Dynasty trusts have nothing to do with the popular soap opera from the 1980s, but everything to do with leaving a lasting legacy. Although this type of trust is often...more

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on Compelling Non-Signatories to Arbitrate Disputes

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on a case in which a widow and one-time named beneficiary of her husband's IRA account acquired the account assets after her husband's death, although she was not...more

If Only the Agreement Adequately Addressed the Tax Issue

by Bryan Cave on

Ozimkoski v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2016-228 (December 19, 2016) - Mrs. Ozimkoski (Suzanne) represented herself in this Tax Court case. She may also have represented herself in the final days of settling the...more

DOL Proposes 60-Day Delay of Fiduciary Rule in Response to White House Directive

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The future of the fiduciary rule—originally set to be implemented this upcoming April—remains uncertain after the White House directed the United States Department of Labor (DOL) to reevaluate, defer implementation and...more

Employee Benefits Developments - February 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of February 2017. March 31, 2020 Deadline for Amending 403(b) Plans - When the Internal Revenue Service...more

Why you have nothing to fear about government being in the retirement plan business

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As a retirement plan provider, competition is a big thing and the last thing you want is a competitor with unlimited pockets. So you’d be fearing state government being in the auto-IRA business and then eventually, the...more

Good Advice for Everyone: Ten Steps to Avoid Big Trouble

by Varnum LLP on

On both a business and individual level, there are ten easy steps you can take now to avoid big trouble later. If you address just five of these items this month, you will be half way there. Originally published in the...more

Employee Benefits Advisory: White House Orders Review of DOL Final Fiduciary Rule

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On February 3, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum ordering the US Department of Labor (DOL) to conduct a full review of its final fiduciary rule and related guidance, anticipated to go into...more

IRA Owner Taxed on Distribution, Even Though Funds Were Improperly Rolled into IRA

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

A deceased husband's IRA was incorrectly rolled over into an IRA of his widow, instead of being paid to his estate. The widow then distributed funds from the IRA to her stepson....more

"Change in Administration Presents Opportunity to Revisit DOL Fiduciary Rule"

In 2016, regulatory developments introduced fundamental changes in the legal standards that govern the relationship of broker-dealers with their customers. Although the changes are not applicable until April 10, 2017, most in...more

President Issues Order Calling on the Department of Labor to Reconsider Fiduciary Rule

On February 3, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued a memorandum directing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to re-examine the DOL’s final rule on who is a “fiduciary” of an employee benefit plan under the Internal Revenue...more

DOL Issues Additional Guidance on Fiduciary Rule

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a second set of guidance on its new fiduciary rules, which are scheduled to become effective on April 10, 2017. The guidance was issued in the form of FAQs...more

Employee Benefits Legislation Proposed (But Not Passed) by the Obama Administration

by Jackson Walker on

In February of 2015, the Department of Treasury issued a reported entitled “General Explanation of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2016 Revenue Proposals” (the “General Explanation”). The General Explanation is several...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Ratings Agency Moody’s Corp. has agreed to pay roughly $864 million to resolve federal and state claims that it gave juiced ratings to risky MBS in the run-up to the financial crisis. Half of the total will end up in DOJ...more

Part II: Naming an Accumulation Trust as the Beneficiary of an IRA

by Genova Burns LLC on

Last month we discussed the benefits of naming a Conduit Trust as the beneficiary of an IRA. A Conduit Trust allows the IRA to remain tax deferred thereby stretching the Required Minimum Distributions over the lifetime of...more

A Poet's Guide to Employee Benefits Law - 2017 Edition

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The employee benefits world, with all its legal rules and regulations, is viewed by human resources people, financial people, and for that matter most lawyers, as forbidding territory - the "darkest forest" from the Wizard of...more

Stretch IRAs to be Hit?

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Presently, if an IRA owner does not fully withdraw the balance of his IRA during lifetime, his or her heirs may be able to spread the withdrawal of the inherited IRA over the life expectancy of the recipient. By being able to...more

SEC Staff Smooths the Way for DOL Fiduciary Rule Compliance

by Perkins Coie on

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management released a Guidance Update on December 19, 2016, addressing certain procedural issues that have arisen in connection with the so-called “Fiduciary Rules” adopted by the U.S....more

Estate Planning Newsletter - December 2016

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Hinshaw’s Estate Planning Newsletter includes reports on opportunities and challenges that may impact your estate plan. This publication is designed to keep our clients and friends aware of certain opportunities and...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Genuine Issue of Material Fact Standard

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini continues to examine an ongoing case questioning the validity of an arbitration agreement. Read Chris' earlier analysis here. In this most recent installment challenging the...more

Consider the effect that required minimum distributions from your 401(k) Plan will have on your taxable income and you're retiring...

by Dickinson Wright on

Are you age 70 1/2 or older and thinking about retiring in December or January? You may want to consider the effect that required minimum distributions from your 401(k) Plan will have on your taxable income. As a...more

Has the Fiduciary Worm Turned? Freedom Caucus Targets the New ERISA "Investment Advice" Regulation

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor issued its long-awaited and highly controversial "investment advice" regulation under ERISA's fiduciary rules on April 6, 2016. The regulation is slated to begin becoming applicable in April 2017....more

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