Financial advisors can lose between 80% and 90% of their business when a client dies, according to Financial Planning news. The challenge for advisors is to develop family relationships in order to continue to work with the next generation after a client passes away. There can be obstacles, such as geographic proximity, that make it
The permanent federal estate-tax exemption levels do not mean that clients with estates of lesser value can avoid planning. Many aspects of estate-planning remain critical to a comprehensive financial plan. Here are five estate-planning strategies to review with clients. 1. Review estate-planning documents Clients with estates of all sizes need to plan for the future.
Any business owner who may be at risk of litigation by customers or employees should consider protection from claims against business assets. There are a variety of corporate structures available for business owners to use that may make it difficult or expensive for someone to make such a claim. Both corporations (C Corp and S
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 made several estate tax provisions permanent, creating planning opportunities that advisors may review with clients seeking to lessen the tax impact. 1. New exemption amount affects all clients The now-permanent $5 million exemption may have unintended consequences for clients at lower wealth levels who feel they do not