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



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

 


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



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 


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



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


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



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 


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



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


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Dead Celebrity Ep 11 – Liberace: Planning for LGBTQ Clients — With Bruce Hoffmeister



Living a secret life can be so utterly complicated. Take it from Liberace. As you’ll soon find out, it is essential for LGBT couples to have a prenup or partnership agreement that can unfold if a relationship ends.

In this episode, David Lenok, senior editor at WealthManagement.com, speaks with Bruce Hoffmeister, a vice president and wealth strategist at Wilmington Trust. Together, they discuss the issues within the estate of Liberace, Mr. Showmanship himself. In this discussion, they delve into the secret and not-so-secret lifestyle of Liberace, brought forward by the infamous palimony case on behalf of his 17-year-old chauffeur and live-in lover.  

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The great lengths to which Liberace went to keep his sexual orientation private
  • The benefits of partnership agreements
  • What advisors need to be aware of when they have clients who are members of the LGBTQ community 
  • Why it’s important for clients to have all of their paperwork in order sooner rather than later
  • And more!

Tune in to learn about prenup and estate-planning action items that will help LGBTQ couples protect themselves, their families, and their assets. 

Resources: WealthManagement.com | Wilmington Trust

 


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Dead Celebrity Ep 10 – Robin Williams Planned It Right — With Guest Avi Kestenbaum



You can have everything planned out, accounted for, and your family members will still find something to fight over once you are gone. 

In this episode of Dead Celebrity, by Informa WealthManagement.com, David Lenok and Avi Kestenbaum discuss the estate plan of beloved comedian and Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams. As you’ll soon find out, even the best of estate plans and legal advice can be a recipe for disaster when you have children from different marriages and a surviving spouse.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The role of trusts 
  • The importance of preparing the proper documents
  • Why it’s crucial to update your information as your life changes 
  • How some people can be worth more once they are deceased
  • Whether David and Avi would consider Robin Williams’ estate plan to have been successful
  • And more!

Tune in and find out what went down in Robin Williams’ estate in this episode of Dead Celebrity!

Resources: WealthManagement.com | Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP

Sponsored by: Nationwide Advisory


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Dead Celebrity Ep 9 – Marlon Brando: Loss of Capacity



The loss of capacity is a very real threat to all clients, particularly those who are getting older. If your client were to show signs of cognitive impairment, would you know how to proceed with their estate planning?

In this episode, David Lenok, senior editor at WealthManagement.com, speaks with Letha McDowell, a shareholder of Hook Law Center. Together, they explore the controversial estate plan, a product of highly questionable decisions, of legendary actor and Hollywood icon Marlon Brando. This is a conversation that uncovers the benefits of completing a power of attorney,  signs of diminishing capacity to watch for, and the importance of knowing your clients. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Signs an advisor can look for to determine whether their clients are experiencing some loss of capacity
  • How to broach the subject with a client who you think is in the early stages of cognitive impairment
  • The importance of continuing to serve the client with the respect they deserve
  • Why a power of attorney can be useful for people of all ages and capacities 
  • And more!

Tune in now and learn how to serve your clients with the highest level of expertise and dignity throughout the estate planning process. 

Resources:  WealthManagement.com | Hook Law Center | Reporting Elder Abuse USA| Reporting Elder Abuse Canada