“Perhaps you’re looking to hire a broker for the first time. Or maybe you think it’s time to change advisors. How do you pick a financial advisor whose conflicts don’t bring you to the gates of financial hell and back? The following six methods of finding an advisor are guaranteed to help you begin a…

“The Securities and Exchange Commission’s advice rule proposal released earlier this week could give advisers working in the registered investment advisory channel a leg up over brokers. The SEC released a nearly 1,000-page, three-part proposal earlier this week that would establish a new best interest regulation for brokers; a new client relationship summary for brokers and…

By Joseph B. Colvin and Hannah M. Dill , Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC The holidays are a time for joy and celebration. During the festivities, it is easy to lose sight of important aspects related to estate and business planning. However, taking time to organize your affairs can be one of nicest gifts you can give your family. There are…

by Cory Howes Now is the perfect time to start working on an estate plan—because, as newlyweds, you may not have a list of your accounts, but you’ve effectively just done a working inventory of your possessions—as you’ve figured out how to consolidate two households into one. You’ve already been working on the new banking and…

by Steve Hartnett When a decedent dies, a federal estate tax return (IRS Form 706) is not required to be filed unless the decedent’s gross estate exceeds their remaining federal estate tax exclusion. In 2017, for someone who has not used any exclusion during life, this would be $5.49 million. However, this does not mean filing…

As broker-dealers face increasing consolidation and pricing pressures, technology has emerged as a way for firms to add scale and efficiency. However, reps no longer see technology as a value added to a potential broker-dealer’s other offerings, they just expect it – so much so that the winners of this year’s 2017 Broker-Dealers of the Year…

By Mark Eghrari Creating an estate plan estate plan requires our clients to consider a number of uncomfortable possibilities — and unfortunately, one of those possibilities is the fact that your spouse may someday remarry. That thought may not make you feel great, but what should concern you are are the possible financial consequences, especially where…

One of the cornerstones of a solid financial plan is properly configured estate planning documentation—especially your medical and financial powers of attorney (POA). POAs give you the ability to legally authorize an individual to handle your affairs and make healthcare decisions in the event you become incapacitated and are unable to make them on your…

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