Strength in Numbers

By Bert A. Cooper, CES | Volume 2, Issue 6 (June 2014) Can a solo Financial Advisor effectively offer all the expertise their clients deserve? While we’d all like to think we’re exceptional at what we do, the real answer is no. The most successful Advisors are those with a team behind them. I saw a growing need among clients for comprehensive wealth management and my vision was to build a cohesive team that consisted of specialists who offered these services exceptionally well.   In order to make this vision a reality I had to make a series of important strategic decisions….

Top 10 Things Every Advisor Needs to Know About Inherited IRAs

By Michael J. Jones, CPA | Volume 2, Issue 6 (June 2014) In my practice, I’m seeing an increase in inherited Individual Retirement Accounts. That’s alerted me to an ever-increasing need for practitioners to review not only how IRAs fit into clients’ financial planning, but also to review and advise them properly regarding the beneficiary form and other key issues. Here are some things advisors and their clients need to keep in mind. An IRA is a ticking tax bomb. Unlike other assets, the income tax basis in an IRA inheritor’s hands will not be its fair market value upon death….

5 Commonly Overlooked Uses of Life Insurance

By Philip J. Kavesh, J.D., LL.M. (Taxation), CFP®, ChFC, California State Bar Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law | Volume 2, Issue 6 (June 2014) Now that fewer than half of one-percent of all estates face a potential estate tax, I have had life insurance agents (as well as financial planners, CPAs, and attorneys) ask me whether there’s any need for life insurance anymore in clients’ planning, beyond the still standard needs for replacing the income of a head of household or funding a business partner buy-sell agreement. Over my 30+ years of experience in advising clients…

Recent IRA Developments

By Robert S. Keebler, CPA, MST, AEP (Distinguished), CGMA | Volume 2, Issue 6 (June 2014) Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) are one of the most popular retirement saving vehicles available today. Many of your clients, if not all, will have either (if not both) a Traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. The rules concerning IRAs are vast and continually being further defined. In this article, I will discuss some of the more important IRA developments over the past six months or so. Bobrow v. Commissioner In Bobrow v. Commissioner, TC Memo 2014-21, the court interpreted the “limit of one IRA to IRA…

Top 35 Commonly Overlooked Best Practices Assistants Are Not Doing?

By Kristina Schneider & Megan DeLaGarza, Executive Assistants Working for our boss, estate planning attorney Philip Kavesh, we combined have over 13 years of executive assistant experience.  Throughout this time, we have been able to gain numerous best practices and good habits for providing administrative support to a busy professional.  Also in that time, we have interacted and even worked side-by-side with our fair share of assistants that either lacked the skills, experience, knowledge, training, or personality to be able to properly support their boss. So we’ve seen what works and what doesn’t. That all being said, in this article,…

Recent IRA Developments

By Robert S. Keebler, CPA, MST, AEP (Distinguished), CGMA | Volume 2, Issue 6 (June 2014) Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) are one of the most popular retirement saving vehicles available today. Many of your clients, if not all, will have either (if not both) a Traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. The rules concerning IRAs are vast and continually being further defined. In this article, I will discuss some of the more important IRA developments over the past six months or so. Bobrow v. Commissioner In Bobrow v. Commissioner, TC Memo 2014-21, the court interpreted the “limit of one IRA to IRA…

The Top 20 Seminar Marketing Mistakes People Make (Part 1 of 2)

By Philip J. Kavesh, J.D., LL.M. (Taxation), CFP®, ChFC, California State Bar Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law | Volume 2, Issue 6 (June 2014) Marketing – – particularly seminar marketing – – has come up quite a bit in recent weeks.  From those attending our May Ultimate Level event, to list serve discussions, to people randomly contacting me.  It prompted me to take a break from the usual practice-building topic and put together an article on seminar marketing. Over the years, seminar presentations sure have evolved, from overhead transparencies, to slide carousel projectors to laptops and…