IRA Creditor Protection Issues – Asset Protection

Although IRA asset protection is provided by law to most personally owned and funded IRA accounts there are several other important asset-protection issues doctors, business owners, and other successful individuals need to consider. The (very) general rules of thumb about IRAs: For the purposes of brevity in the context of this column, in most cases, your […]

Tax Scam Warning – Fraud and ID Theft in 2015

Tax filing related scams are at all-time high and we are warning our clients about some specific fact patterns and known risks.  These criminal scams take many forms including mail, phone, email and now even social media and texts. Phone calls and email still seem to make up the bulk of the attempts, make sure […]

What’s the Difference Between a Will and a Trust and Which one Do I Need?

An estate plan is always necessary unless you want your estate to pass through “operation of law” which involves the long, uncertain, public and expensive process at your death with a stranger (the courts) deciding who gets everything you leave behind. This process often leads to heartache, delay and additional stress for those you leave […]

What is an ILIT or Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust ? (and why should doctors and business owners use it)

We’ve previously devoted a number of discussions to the use of life insurance by physicians and business owners including a look at how to buy insurance and discussions of its specific uses and how much life insurance a doctor and his or her spouse should have. This week we take an introductory look at a […]

Arizona is an Income Tax Haven for MLB Players – and makes MORE off them by being one

This interesting article caught my eye because I represent some professional athletes including MLB players and because I live in Arizona.  It has a really interesting bit of info at the end. The conventional wisdom at play in the U.S. is that the best way to raise government  revenues is to tax wealth creators at the very […]

Estate Planning, Sugar Daddies and Lawsuits, Oh My

Given the current and often predatory nature of modern personal relationships I thought this piece by my friend and colleague Robert Sewell of Davis Miles McGuire Gardner was interesting and timely, to say the least. Bob practices heavily in the area of probate litigation, which is where late or poorly drafted estate plans end-up, usually […]

Common Mistakes Some Smart Women Still Make With Money, Estate and Legal Planning

I’m fortunate to deal with a number of successful women across the U.S. Whether they are C.E.O.s, doctors, some other kind of professional or business owner or simply the stay at home family C.E.O. that helps manage the family’s wealth and success. Over the last ten we’ve seen both positive and negative behavior patterns among different […]

LIfe Insurance for Doctors and Business Owners – Key Due Dilligence Questions for Buyers

The last two weeks of the year is high selling season for life insurance polices as doctors rush to fund various retirement plans and as advisers take advantage of year-end wealth-transfer opportunities and favorable deals sometimes available from insurance companies. Knowing the right questions to ask about an insurance policy is a key issue for […]

Key Legal Documents Everyone Facing a Divorce Must Update

A common error after the expense and trauma of a divorce is not updating a variety of key legal and financial documents. You would not believe the number of estate plans and insurance policies that name an ex-spouse as the beneficiary of everything a client owns. Jeff Landers of Bedrock Divorce advisors provides a great summary […]

Holiday Shopping, Cyber Crime and Personal Secuirty – Asset Protection

Whether you are a Black Friday, Cyber Monday or everything in-between shopper, the number of threats to your wealth and assets both in person and online at a  high at this time of year. Here are some issues to look out for to protect yourself, your family and the joy of the Holidays. Yes, this is […]