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How to attract high-net-worth clients

May 3, 2018

In a financial advisor's perfect world, their book of business would contain many high-net-worth (HNW) clients. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. While it sounds ideal to have a book full of HNW clients, attracting and retaining them...

JPMorgan $8 billion loss to widow faces massive reduction

March 30, 2018

JPMorgan Chase & Co. will probably face a judgment of no more than $90 million in a lawsuit claiming mismanagement of an estate that initially brought a jury verdict of $8 billion in punitive damages. In September, a Dallas jury awarded excessive...

Higher estate-tax exemption level could mean less work for advisers

March 22, 2018

For most financial advisers, the tax-reform package has at least temporarily taken estate planning off the table by raising the estate exemption to a level that only affects one-tenth of 1% of taxpayers, or about 1,000 taxpayers per year. "This...

Fintech aims to digitize estate planning

February 14, 2018

Technology has digitized goals- and cash-based planning, but developers have largely ignored the final phase of an investor's financial life — after-death planning. The estate planning world still relies primarily on paper documents and file...

Tax bill creates adviser challenges for long-term planning

January 17, 2018

The biggest problem with the new tax bill, according to Steven Siegel of consulting firm The Siegel Group, is that so much of it is temporary. Nearly every provision passed in the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will sunset in 2025. A more...

Filial laws put kids on the hook for parents' health-care costs

November 22, 2017

State laws known as filial responsibility laws have the potential to stick unwitting family members with relatives' hefty long-term-care costs. One of the best-known examples comes from a court case in Pennsylvania, in which a man was ordered...

Repealing estate tax could open new path to wealth for clients

November 14, 2017

As House and Senate Republicans pursue competing tax overhaul plans, financial advisers should be aware that one big disagreement is the estate tax. House Republicans want to repeal it in 2024 while their Senate colleagues want to preserve it....

Trump administration scrapping estate-tax rule affecting wealthy business owners

October 5, 2017

The Treasury Department is withdrawing a proposed regulation that would have changed how wealthy business owners can pass on businesses to children and other heirs. Currently, individuals are able to discount valuations of stakes in family-controlled...

How will Hugh Hefner's estate 'look after' his widow's finances?

September 29, 2017

Hugh Hefner, the media and cultural icon who died Wednesday at age 91, left behind a sizable estate with an estimated value of more than $40 million, not including the $100 million sale of his home — the Playboy Mansion — last August. Mr....

Advisers see benefits in Trump tax plan, but have many questions

September 27, 2017

Financial advisers identified potentially lower tax rates on businesses structured as pass-through entities as a boon under the tax plan presented Wednesday by President Donald J. Trump, but identified several unknown variables, such as capital...

Help clients make a swift evacuation from Hurricane Irma with this checklist

September 7, 2017

Planning ahead for an unexpected storm or fire can help protect your clients' personal and financial well-being. Consider these recommendations for sharing with clients to help them protect important documents and make a swift, safe evacuation....

HUD announces new reverse mortgage rules

August 30, 2017

In a surprise move, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced new rules Tuesday for the government-backed reverse mortgage lending program that allows senior homeowners to tap the equity in their homes while they age in...

Killing estate tax could kill charitable giving

August 25, 2017

Most Republicans support killing the estate tax as part of a tax overhaul, but doing so could have dire consequences for something else conservatives cherish -- charitable giving. President Donald Trump along with top GOP lawmakers have proposed...

Odds are, the $700M Powerball winner will need lots of advice

August 23, 2017

Even if the odds of winning the $700 million Powerball jackpot on Wednesday are 292.2 million to one, and even if you've got a better chance of being attacked by a shark that then gets struck by lightning, it could happen. And that's where the...

Why most of your richest clients are also the oldest

August 23, 2017

Six of the 25 richest Americans are over 80, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Carl Icahn and Charles Koch, for example, are 81. Earlier this month, Sheldon Adelson turned 84 and George Soros hit 87. Warren Buffett, the fourth-richest...

More than a decade later, housing bust still hurts

August 17, 2017

Home prices peaked in April 2006, and have yet to rise above that level. More than a decade and thousands of foreclosures later, advisers are still dealing with problems from the housing collapse. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home...

Improving the efficiency of wealth transfers

July 19, 2017

The last 30 years have revealed deficiencies in traditional estate planning. A huge transfer of wealth from the greatest generation to baby boomers was predicted; much less was actually transferred. There is significant research about the discrepancy...

Most estate plans aren't dealing with digital assets properly

May 11, 2017

Estate planning is an unpopular topic because it often deals with the harsh realities of loss and death. Far too many people do not have an updated estate plan that meets their current needs, goals or desires. However, having a written estate...

Doubling standard deduction could hurt philanthropic giving

April 27, 2017

Average Americans may curb their philanthropic giving if President Donald J. Trump's proposed doubling of the standard deduction comes to fruition. If taxpayers can shield twice as much of their income from taxes through the standard deduction,...

Trump tax proposal leaves advisers in the dark on estate tax repeal

April 27, 2017

The broad-brush tax proposal released Wednesday by President Donald J. Trump repeated his campaign pledge to repeal the estate tax, but failed to provide financial advisers with any additional detail regarding its form. That leaves advisers...

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