Insights to Protect Your Business Owner Clients

Building a business is often an all-consuming quest. Your entrepreneurial clients have spent years, maybe decades, fighting past obstacles to make their dreams a reality. It’s easy for founders to find themselves so absorbed that they forget about the “outside” world. This short sightedness can harm their relationships and health, in the worst cases. It has other consequences, too. Founders often neglect to deal with…

Taking Full Advantage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Key Points to Discuss With Your Clients Like all things, tax laws are constantly changing. An important part of serving your clients is responding quickly and strategically to new developments in the tax law landscape. But at the same time, a knee-jerk reaction is rarely the best course of action—often resulting in unforeseen complications in the future. The best decisions are made by professional teams…

Which Asset Protection Strategies Are Right for Your Clients?

How You Can Keep Legal Claims From Threatening Their Property? Most of us do not expect to be sued. However, lawsuits are filed every day the courthouses are open. If your clients’ estate plans don’t include adequate asset protection, they could end up losing a substantial amount of their wealth in the event of a claim – even a “frivolous” one. It’s well worth talking…

Solve the Troubled Adult Child Beneficiary Dilemma in Three Easy Steps

How to Plan a Successful Financial Future for Every Family Many clients with concerns about a struggling adult child are apprehensive about discussing such a sensitive topic. But broaching this subject can lead to a number of benefits for all parties involved — for the family, for the adult child, and for you as their professional advisors. Working with us rounds out the team of…

Ready? Okay! The Team Approach to Client Service in 2018 and Beyond

How are you planning to strengthen your client relationships in the new year? Effective collaboration as a client-service wealth team helps your clients trust you, creates better client retention, and yields greater opportunities for placement of appropriate products and growing assets under management. Estate planning is about much more than just taxes Many professionals see estate planning as a tax-focused discipline. However, estate planning encompasses…

Tax Reform: Solutions for Your Clients and Their Estate Planning

In December 2017, Congress passed, and President Trump signed a sweeping tax reform bill commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This new Act contains several significant changes that will impact your clients and their estate planning. Estate Tax Changes Starting January 1, 2018, the estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax exemptions double from $5 million to $10 million (adjusted for inflation).…

Last-Minute Opportunities Before the New Tax Law Takes Effect

(Below is an article about last minute planning considerations in light of the new tax act written by my colleague Andreea Olteanu, JD of WealthCounsel.) With 2017 coming to an end and sweeping tax reform legislation (Act) having been signed into law, some last-minute opportunities should be considered while the current law still applies. There are steps that taxpayers can take before the Act takes…

Exciting New Opportunities under the Recently-Enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Congress has just passed, and President Trump is expected to sign the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Although continued study of the bill will undoubtedly reveal additional opportunities, I wanted to share some of the immediately available opportunities for your clients. Significant Changes to Business Taxation Every business owner must have his or her business ownership structure and tax status reviewed immediately. Relying on old…

How to Jumpstart Your Clients’ Year-End Planning

Don’t Wait Until the Busy Holiday Season As summer fades in the rear-view mirror, it’s a good time to give yourself a reality check: Clients never have enough time to meet for year-end planning during the busy holiday season (and you might not, either), which is why you should be proactive and meet with them now — even if it seems too early to do…

If You Are Married, Does Your Estate Plan Properly Cover All Four Critical Phases?

  THE PHASES OF ESTATE PLANNING – Part One For married couples, proper estate planning entails covering four phases. Let’s begin with a discussion about Phase One PHASE ONE – ALIVE AND WELL Many people come to me to discuss estate planning because of one or two main concerns or goals. Such concerns and goals often include:   how to best give their loved ones an…

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