Category Archives: Financial

Ep 43 – Audrey Hepburn: When Secrets Destroy A Family–– With Dr. Denise Federer



David Lenok, senior editor at WealthManagement.com, is joined by Dr. Denise Federer, speaker, consultant, coach, psychologist, author, and founder of the Federer Performance Management Group (FPMG) as they discuss the impact of families not having those difficult conversations about their money and wealth.

This episode focuses on an icon from Hollywood’s Golden Age, the legendary Audrey Hepburn.  When Audrey passed in 1993, she left behind 2 sons – step brothers. As part of the estate, the two step brothers were to equally split the contents of a storage locker filled with old Hollywood memorabilia.  The feud over the items lasted 24 years, until they finally decided to allow a judge to decide how the locker would be divided.

David and Dr. Federer delve into how advisors can help their clients by being that trustworthy, outside party that is brave enough to force their clients to talk about generational money.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Some of the most common causes of sibling rivalry and how advisors can help families avoid conflict
  • When parents should start talking to their children about their money 
  • Why fair doesn’t always mean equal
  • And more!

Listen now because it is not an accident to have adult children who work hard and have good values!

Resources: WealthManagement.com | FPMG  | Dr. Denise Federer LI


Ep 42 – Jack Cassidy: Loose Ends Can Unravel Your Estate –– With Christopher Melcher



In this episode, David Lenok, senior editor at WealthManagement.com, is joined by Christopher Melcher, partner at Walzer Melcher LLP where they focus on complex family law litigation and premarital agreements of high net worth individuals.

Today’s celebrity example is Jack Cassidy; an American actor and singer known for his works in theatre, tv and film.   

Having married and divorced twice and fathering children in both marriages, most notable being David and Shaun Cassidy, Jack’s estate plan was for the most part very well executed.  Except for the small “loose end” by way of a life insurance policy that Jack nor his team followed up on when completing his divorce paperwork.  An 8 year legal battle between ex-spouse #2 and the estate then ensued over a $50,000 life insurance policy.

Now, Christopher and David discuss why you must ensure that you dot your I’s, cross your T’s, just finish the work.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What are some lessons learned for advisors, from Jack Cassidy’s unfortunate circumstances
  • Are premarital agreements good or bad for a relationship
  • What are some other typical “loose ends” that often get forgotten when finalizing an estate plan
  • And more!

Tune in to help your clients understand, you cannot win the race if you do not cross the finish line!

Resources: WealthManagement.com | Walzer Melcher LLP


Ep 41 – Philip Seymour Hoffman – Don’t Delay When It Comes To Your Estate Plan – With Megan Gorman



In this episode, David Lenok, senior editor at WealthManagement.com, is joined once again by Megan Gorman, founding partner of Chequers Financial Management.

Today’s celebrity example is Philip Seymour Hoffman, American actor, director and producer, and father of three children with longtime girlfriend, Mimi.

At the time of his death, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s only estate documentation was a will drafted by his real estate lawyer/CPA (not someone specializing in estate planning) and it mentions a trust set up for his eldest son.  Insistent that his children were not to become “trust fund kids” Seymour left the remaining part of the estate to his girlfriend.  

A Girlfriend not a wife. A Trust for one child not all three. A will that was over a decade old.  What could go wrong?  As David and Megan unpack this celebrity estate, you will hear how this was a case of missed opportunities for Philip Seymour Hoffman and his advisors. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The importance of updating financial documents with all life events; new child, marriage, divorce etc.
  • How to ensure family affairs stay private after your gone
  • Reasons to be aware of certain tax implications when dealing with non-spouses
  • Remember to include any tangible assets in your plan; who gets Oscar?
  • And more!

Tune in to understand why you need to force the issue when it comes to ensuring your clients not only finalize their estate plans but keep them current!

Resources:  WealthManagement.com | Chequers Financial | Megan Gorman LinkedIn


Ep 40 – Michael Jackson: Creating A Thriller of An Estate Plan –– With Brian Weiner



In this episode, David Lenok, senior editor at WealthManagement.com, speaks with Brian Weiner, Founder and Managing Partner of Audent Family Wealth Advisors. As managing partner, Brian leads the family offices service program, CIO Platform and next generation education program.

This episode focuses on world famous singer/songwriter, dancer, and the king of pop himself Michael Jackson. At his untimely death, his estate was left mainly to his children via pour-over trusts that also came with a debt of over $500 million, mostly in taxes. In large, due to the great work of his executors, the estate has earned over $2 billion since his death.

David and Brian discuss all the tools that can be utilized by the wealthy and those with complex estates in order to ease debt and tax burdens for those inheriting the estate. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What an entity is and how can it be utilized within an estate plan
  • What gift tax is and how to use gift tax exemptions
  • What it means to manage an estate for success
  • Why next generation education is so important in estate planning
  • And more!

Tune in to learn the importance of building a flexible plan to allow for generational changes to minimize loss. 

Resources: WealthManagement.com | Audent Family Wealth Advisors


Ep 39 – Robin Williams: How To Spot the Warning Signs of Suicide in Your Clients –– With Amanda Koplin



Today, David Lenok, senior editor at WealthManagement.com, is joined by Amanda Koplin, LPC, a mental health entrepreneur who is the founder and CEO of Koplin Consulting.

This episode focuses on legendary comedic actor Robin Williams’ tragic suicide and the shocking, unspoken truth about male suicide statistics. Notably, the victims –– namely middle-aged white men –– are a common client profile for many advisors.

David and Amanda delve into how advisors can help their clients by paying attention to their behavior. Advisors are not counselors by any means, but they are in a unique position to see changing behaviors that might pop up when a client has hardships with career, health, or finances. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Which risk factors and behaviors are associated with suicide
  • Why advisors are uniquely positioned to spot warning signs and changes in their clients’ behavior 
  • What resources you should have on hand to assist a distraught client
  • Why entrepreneurs are at a higher risk of suicide
  • And more!

Listen now to learn ways to spot behavioral changes that could be harmful to your clients.

Resources: WealthManagement.com | Koplin Consulting | Episode 10: Robin Williams Planned It Right — With Avi Kestenbaum


Ep 36 – Richard Pryor: Don’t Miss the Signs of Elder Abuse –– With Vivian Lee Thoreen



In this episode, David Lenok, senior editor at WealthManagement.com, is joined again by Vivian Lee Thoreen of Holland & Knight.  

The celebrity example in this episode is Richard Pryor, an American actor, writer, and one of the most influential standup comedians of all time. Richard was married five times and fathered seven children from six women. He was open about his personal demons with drugs and alcohol and, on top of all this, Richard had multiple sclerosis.  

All of these factors swirled into a perfect storm for a tragic case of elder abuse. 

Now, Vivian and David reveal the signs of elder abuse for every advisor to watch out for. They explain why advisors are in a unique position to see red flags and what actions to take if you suspect your client is being abused. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What red flags might indicate that your client is a victim of elder abuse
  • Giving gifts to a caregiver: Is there a right way for your client to do this?
  • How advisors are protected when filing an elder abuse report
  • What is meant by conservatorship, and whether your client can have more than one
  • And more!

Learn how to help your clients protect themselves and their families. Communication is key!

Resources:  WealthManagement.com | Holland & Knight


Ep 35 – Chadwick Boseman: Estate Planning Essentials for Clients With a Diagnosis –– With Jacqueline Bevilaqua



In this episode, David Lenok, senior editor at WealthManagement.com, is joined again by Jacqueline Bevilaqua, a tax, trust and estates associate at Katzy Korins.  

The celebrity example in this episode is actor Chadwick Boseman, who was best known for portraying heroes, specifically Black heroes, in films, such as “42,” “Get On Up,” “Marshall,” and, of course, the blockbuster superhero film “Black Panther.”

Drawing inspiration from Chadwick’s story, David and Jacqueline talk about estate planning essentials for clients who have a diagnosis. They also discuss the importance of having all estate planning documents in order and ensuring that key people are aware of them. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Estate planning considerations for clients who’ve been diagnosed with an illness
  • The purpose of three documents that are particularly relevant to people with a diagnosis: health care proxy, power of attorney, and living will
  • Reasons why clients might get married towards the end of their life, as it relates to their estate plan
  • Why key action people must be aware of estate planning documents and their location
  • The benefits of using the oft-misunderstood special needs trust 
  • Why some people keep their estate plans a secret
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn estate-planning must-haves for clients with a diagnosis. 

Resources:  WealthManagement.com | Katzy Korins LLP


Ep 34 – Luke Perry: Replenishing the Earth in a Mushroom Suit



In this episode, David Lenok, senior editor at WealthManagement.com, is joined again by Megan Gorman, founder of Chequers Financial Management, to discuss the perfection that was Luke Perry’s estate and funeral plan.  

American actor and teen idol, Luke Perry, was best known as “bad boy” Dylan Mckay on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210. When you hear about Luke’s funeral instructions –– including his desire to be buried in a biodegradable mushroom suit –– it will become clear that he was a deep thinker who advisors can learn from when helping clients plan their funeral. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why Luke Perry is an estate planning role model 
  • Why green funerals are a growing industry
  • Cost-effective and personal ways to plan a funeral
  • How to plan for and fund the expense of a funeral, as to not burden those left behind
  • Why advisors conversations with clients about funeral arrangements must go beyond discussing burial versus cremation
  • And more!

Learn how to help your clients plan for the end of their story!

Resources:  WealthManagement.com | Chequers Financial Management


Ep 31 – Death, Taxes, and Elvis Presley — With Paige Goepfert



You work hard for your money, so don’t let the government take it all when you die. 

This is exactly what happened to one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, Elvis Presley.

In this episode, David Lenok speaks with Paige Goepfert of Andersen Global to explore the financial mishaps of the late and great Elvis Presley. Through the American singer’s story, David and Paige highlight key takeaway lessons that can help you better prepare your finances for your death.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The many ways tax planning can help you reduce your estate’s tax bill
  • How Elvis was misled about his finances
  • Ways can interest rates aid in your planning
  • Why 2020 could be to best year to become more charitable
  • And more!

Tune in now and learn about the importance of tax planning and how it affects your financial future!

Resources:  WealthManagement.com | Andersen Global


Ep 30 – Kenny Rogers: Knowing When to Hold ‘Em (Top Prenup Tips for Advisors)



Most people believe their marriages will last forever. But whether their marriage endures or ends, it’s in your clients’ best interests to have a prenuptial agreement –– especially if the split isn’t amicable

In this episode, David Lenok, senior editor at WealthManagement.com, talks with Aviva Pinto, a managing director at Wealthspire Advisors. This episode is inspired by American singer-songwriter Kenny Rogers, who was famously married five times and had five children with four different partners. Now, Aviva and David dive into The Gambler’s finances and marriages to discuss how to help your clients get a prenup in order and navigate a divorce. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why having a prenup would have saved Kenny Rogers a lot of money
  • How to broach the subject of prenups with your clients
  • Whether there’s room for flexibility in prenups
  • How to help your clients talk to their spouses about doing a prenup
  • Why the state you live in is important when it comes to splitting marital assets
  • And more!

Tune in now for tips to help your clients get onboard with doing a prenup.

Resources:   WealthManagement.com | Wealthspire