How to Talk About Philanthropy with Your Clients

Posted by Heather Zack, JD, LLM, CAP

September 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Aristotle said, “To give away money is an easy matter and in any man's power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man's power nor an easy matter.”

This sentiment may be especially true for many of your high-net-worth clients who would like to make a positive impact with their wealth. If so, you have the potential to provide some much-needed guidance—especially if they’re willing to incorporate the philanthropic conversation into their financial planning discussions.

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A Guide to Teaching Financial Literacy to Your Clients’ Children

Posted by Justin C. Duft, JD, CFP, CLU, ChFC, CLTC

August 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM

You help your clients navigate today’s complex financial environment on a daily basis. But did you know that you’re in a unique position for teaching financial literacy to your clients’ children? 

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Benefit or Backfire: Navigating the Irrevocable Medicaid Trust

Posted by David Haughton, JD

July 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Establishing an irrevocable Medicaid trust can help protect assets from liquidation when the need for an extended nursing home stay arises. When this strategy works, a loved one’s admission to a long-term care facility does not result in a substantial spend-down of investments, and wealth can be preserved and transferred to the next generation. But a strategy involving placing assets into an irrevocable arrangement should not be entered into lightly, especially if there are viable alternative protection strategies available.

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Changes to Pass-Through Business Taxation Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Posted by Whitney Drechsler, JD, LLM, CFP

June 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM

As a small business owner and/or a financial advisor to small business owners, it is imperative for you to be informed regarding changes to pass-through business taxation under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Some of the provisions are complex and will require you to use the appropriate calculators, as well as to seek advice from a tax counselor or tax preparer. So, to help you lay the groundwork for understanding these changes, let’s take a deeper dive into what’s new for pass-through business taxation under the TCJA, as well as some planning opportunities for you and your clients.

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The ABCs of Medigap and Medicare

Posted by Maureen Baxter, CLU, ChFC

May 2, 2018 at 1:30 PM

As a financial advisor, understanding health insurance options for retirees is critical to providing your clients with the support they need as they transition into retirement. You may know of Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans as common retirement health care solutions, but the level of coverage each offers is different, and it’s important to be able to recognize and explain the distinctions between them.

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