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Ep 21 – Aaron Spelling: Help Wealthy Parents Nip Their Children’s Affluenza in the Bud –– With Amy Castoro



Sponsored By: FS Investments

No parent wants their children to be worse off because of the wealth they inherit. As an advisor, what can you do to help parents equip their children for wealth and snuff out a sense of entitlement –– or affluenza –– that could derail them in the future?

In this episode, David Lenok, senior editor at WealthManagement.com, speaks with Amy Castoro, president and CEO of The Williams Group, about what advisors can do to help high-net-worth parents to prepare their children to inherit wealth. David and Amy look to the Spelling family for an example of affluenza. It’s debatable whether wealth has been a positive influence in the life of Tori Spelling, daughter of the late American film and television producer Aaron Spelling. Tori is outspoken about her poor investment decisions and overly lavish lifestyle, and yet she seems incapable of living sustainably. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Examples of details for wealthy families to get clear on in advance, such as drawing the line of entitlement versus engagement for their children 
  • How parents can create an open environment for young kids to ask questions about their family’s wealth
  • What can be done today to influence an adult child who doesn’t appreciate their wealth
  • How to recognize the early signs of affluenza and step in
  • And more!

Tune in now and learn how to help your clients transfer family wealth and values to their children for a sustainable legacy. 

Resources:  WealthManagement.com | The Williams Group


Ep 20 – The Wrigley Family: Help Your Clients Avoiding Passing on an Estate Tax Bill — With Scott Steiner



Too many people are oblivious to the estate tax. But as an advisor, you’re perfectly positioned to help your clients avoid passing on a tax bill to their heirs.

In this episode, David Lenok, senior editor at WealthManagement.com, speaks with Scott Steiner of Calamos Wealth Management about what you can do to make your clients aware of the estate tax and avoid sticking their heirs with a bill. They bring this topic to life by exploring the case of the Wrigley family, best known for their chewing-gum dynasty. The Wrigleys were either unaware or did not care about the estate-tax consequences of their wealth upon their passing, as they left their son with a $40-million-dollar tax bill.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • About the two major estate tax blunders that the Wrigley family made
  • How to guide clients who have a pending estate tax bill
  • Why having mainly illiquid assets can pose estate tax issues 
  • Examples of illiquid assets that are common in U.S. estates
  • What strategies the Wrigleys could have used to undo their liquidity issues
  • And more!

Tune in now and learn how to help your clients avoid passing on a tax bill to their loved ones. 

Resources:  WealthManagement.com | Calamos Wealth Management


Dead Celebrity Ep 19 – Yul Brynner: Renouncing U.S. Citizenship — With David Lesperance



What is it about the American tax system that’s compelling people to renounce their U.S. citizenship? Is there a better option for you and your money?

In this episode, WealthManagement.com’s senior editor, David Lenok, is joined by David Lesperance, a tax and immigration lawyer who has been helping people save their wealth from the taxman for over 30 years. Together, they explore the case of Yul Brynner, an award-winning film and stage actor who renounced his U.S. citizenship in 1965 for tax reasons. Since then, the number of wealthy Americans who’ve been using renunciation as a method of severing their U.S. tax liability has been increasing dramatically. Listen in to find out why and how people are resorting to this drastic option.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Four reasons why there aren’t even more people renouncing their U.S. citizenship
  • What benefits expatriation can bring you in addition to tax savings 
  • What a back-up plan involves and what triggers people to use it
  • What is meant by “citizenship by investment”
  • And more!

Tune in now to discover what is involved in renunciation and why this move has gained popularity amongst Americans. 

Resources:

WealthManagement.com | Lesperance & Associates

 


Dead Celebrity Ep 18 – Mickey Rooney: Elder Abuse and Preventing Post-Death Litigation — With Vivian Lee Thoreen



Sponsored By: FS Investments

Numerous post-death estate-litigation cases happen across the U.S. every day. How will you help your clients understand their estate planning decisions and ultimately prevent post-death litigation?

In this episode, David Lenok, WealthManagement.com’s senior editor, is joined by the attorney who represented Mickey Rooney and his estate in his elder abuse and estate litigations, Vivian Lee Thoreen of Holland & Knight, to discuss how advisors can help clients make effective decisions about guardianship to protect their elderly clients and reduce the chance of post-death litigation. Together, they discuss the financial elder abuse and estate of actor Mickey Rooney, who spent the last years of his life living in pain and fear without a dollar in his wallet.

 In this episode, you will learn:

 What the different types of guardianship/conservatorship are;

  • Why it is important for elders to not delegate all of their responsibility away;
  • Why practical conversations about the division of the estate are important;
  • How common sense does not always apply in estate planning;
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn some tips to recognize elder abuse and help your clients reduce the chance of post-death litigation.

Resources:

WealthManagement.com | Holland & Knight

 


Dead Celebrity Ep 17 – Elizabeth Taylor: Going Deep With Your Philanthropy — With Bruce DeBoskey



Sponsored By: FS Investments

What kind of difference do your clients want to make in the world — and for themselves — with their philanthropy?

In this episode, WealthManagement.com’s senior editor, David Lenok, is joined by Bruce DeBoskey, president and founder of The DeBoskey Group. Bruce has dedicated his life to helping others maximize the impact of their philanthropic giving. Together, David and Bruce discuss the legacy of Elizabeth Taylor, one of classical Hollywood cinema’s most beloved stars, to serve as inspiration for teaching advisors how to help clients deepen their impact

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What role philanthropy can play in your clients’ financial plans
  • How to help your clients decide what kind of difference they want their philanthropy to make in the world and for themselves
  • Why clients will make a greater impact with their giving if they narrow their focus 
  • How multigenerational families, in particular, can benefit from having a mission statement to guide their philanthropic efforts
  • Why Bruce encourages his clients to “give while they live”
  • And more!

Tune in now and learn how to help your clients deepen their impact. 

Resources:

WealthManagement.com | The DeBoskey Group 


Dead Celebrity Ep 16 – Robert Mugabe: Help Your Clients Face their Estate-Planning Fears — With Jacqueline Bevilaqua



Sponsored By: FS Investments

There is a special kind of fear that estate planning brings out in many people. As an advisor, how will you help your clients move past this fear enough to do thorough estate planning?

In this episode, WealthManagement.com’s senior editor, David Lenok, is joined again by Jacqueline Bevilaqua of Katsky Korins to discuss how advisors can help clients push through their estate-planning fears. Together, they draw from the story of Robert Mugabe, former president of  Zimbabwe, who spent his life inspiring fear in others but was unable to overcome his own fear of estate planning. This conversation recommends approaches for advisors to take with fearful clients and advice for overcoming your own estate-planning anxiety. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How fear can impact an estate
  • Which aspects of estate planning tend to feel the most intimidating
  • What actions you can take to support and guide anxious clients
  • How to preserve relationships in a blended family after death
  • And more!

Tune in now and learn ways to support clients who are fearful of estate planning. 

Resources:  WealthManagement.com | Katsky Korins | jbevilaqua@katskykorins.com | Episode 7: Adam “MCA” Yauch: How to work with strong-willed clients — With Jacqueline Bevilaqua


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Dead Celebrity Ep 15—Jerry Weintraub: Modern Polyamory—With Kim Kamin



If you had a client with multiple spouses, would you know how to handle their estate planning? 

In this episode, WealthManagement.com’s senior editor, David Lenok, speaks with Kim Kamin, principal at Gresham Partners, about the success of Jerry Weintraub’s estate plan. Its success is notable given that this Emmy-Award winning producer, talent manager, and actor had lived with a long-term girlfriend while still staying married to his wife. Together, David and Kim discuss Jerry Weintraub’s story, the overlooked prevalence of polyamorous couples in today’s society, and considerations for advisors who are working with polyamorous clients.  

In this episode, you will learn:

  • About the many variations of modern polyamory
  • How to tactfully ask your coupled clients about their relationships 
  • Considerations that have to be made depending on whether the polyamorous relationship is a public or private arrangement
  • Ways to help your polyamorous clients dodge estate planning hurdles
  • And more!

Tune in now and learn how to help your polyamorous clients with their estate planning.

Resources:

WealthManagement.com | Gresham Partners | The Tools & Techniques of Estate Planning for Modern Families, 3rd Edition


Dead Celebrity – Ep 14 – Rockefeller: Help Your Snowbirds Dodge Tax Pitfalls — With Daniel Bernard



Sponsored By: FS Investments

Since not all states treat taxes the same, snowbirds who don’t know the rules might experience great heartache when they receive their tax bill. 

In this episode, David Lenok, senior editor at WealthManagement.com, speaks with tax attorney Daniel Bernard. Together, they discuss John D. Rockefeller, the legendary American industrialist, philanthropist, and founder of the Standard Oil Company. In 1914, he started splitting time between Florida and New York, making the ultra-rich Rockefeller one of the first snowbirds. Using Rockefeller as their inspiration, David and Daniel explore the tax options and rules available to snowbirds who own multiple properties across different states.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • A little history behind John D. Rockefeller, the original snowbird
  • What planning considerations to be aware of as an advisor to snowbirds
  • What ancillary probate is and how to help your clients avoid it
  • And more!

Tune in and learn how to help your clients enjoy life as a snowbird.

Resources: WealthManagement.com | Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo LLP 


Dead Celebrity Ep 13 – Picasso: The Taxman Cometh — With Sarah McDaniel, CFA



Sponsored By: FS Investments

Art collections can be a difficult asset to comprehend. You need to surround yourself with highly qualified and good-intentioned experts to ensure your legacy lives on.

In this episode, WealthManagement.com’s senior editor, David Lenok, speaks with Sarah McDaniel, CFA and managing director: head of Wealth Strategies Group and Advance Planning Centers at Morgan Stanley, about the massive art collection left behind after the death of one of the world’s most influential artists: Pablo Picasso. As you’ll soon find out, thanks to Picasso’s superstitions, his family had to use part of his collection to pay the estate taxes due upon his death.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why the big winner of not preparing your estate with proper documentation will be the government
  • How the Picasso Museum in France actually came about
  • How art assets are taxed differently depending on whether you are the artist or the collector
  • And more!

Tune in now and take Picasso’s words to heart: “Action is the foundational key to all success.” Take action and protect your estate.

Resources: WealthManagement.com | Morgan Stanley


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Dead Celebrity – Ep 12 – Jerry Buss: Make Succession Planning a Slam Dunk — With Sonya Mughal



Have you created a business that you want to outlast you? Do you know who would take over if something were to happen to you?

In this episode, David Lenok, senior editor at WealthManagement.com, speaks with Sonya Mughal, COO of Bailard Inc. Together, they explore the estate of Jerry Buss, the legendary owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. Jerry Bus had a succession plan in place to cover his 66% ownership of the team: His six children equally inherited a stake in the business. But as you’ll soon find out, even the best-laid plans can crumble. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • When to start the succession planning conversation with your client
  • How to allow a period of governance while the client is still the owner
  • What characteristics to look for in a successor and their team
  • And more!

Tune in and learn how to help your clients craft a slam-dunk succession plan.

Resources:  WealthManagement.com | Bailard