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Ep 37 – Ric Ocasek & Paulina Porizkova: What To Do If Your Client Wants To Disinherit Their Spouse –– With Megan Gorman



In this episode, David Lenok, senior editor at WealthManagement.com, speaks with returning guest Megan Gorman of Chequers Financial Management. 

The celebrity examples in this episode are Ric Ocasek and his third wife, Paulina Porizkova. Ric Ocasek was an American musician who was most well known as the co-lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter for the rock band the Cars. Paulina Porizkova is a Czech-born model, actress, and author. 

Ric Ocasek was married three times, had two sons with each wife, and was in the process of divorcing Paulina Porizkova, whom he excluded from his will only three weeks before his death. He had stated in his will that he made no provisions for Paulina and that she isn’t entitled to any elective share.

Now, David and Megan unpack what legal remedies and protections exist for disinherited spouses. They also discuss what advisors need to know about spousal rights and questions to ask any client who wants to disinherit their spouse. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Whether there any legal protections for disinherited spouses
  • Why Ric Ocasek’s attorney used the legal term “abandon” in his will
  • Where the term “spousal share” comes from
  • What to do if you suspect that your client is making a rash decision to disinherit a family member
  • How family lawyers and estate attorneys can work together to assist their clients
  • Why advisors should be proactive when working with divorcing clients
  • And more!

Tune in to learn what actions to take with clients who wish to exclude a spouse from their will. 

Resources: WealthManagement.com | Chequers Financial Management


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 25 – Prince: Nothing Compares 2 Having a Proper Estate Plan



Your clients’ beneficiaries will have a lot of unintended expenses if your clients don’t take the right estate-planning steps –– especially if the plan is nonexistent.

In this episode, David Lenok, senior editor at WealthManagement.com, speaks with returning guest Megan Gorman of Chequers Financial Management about what happens to an estate when there is no plan in place. Using the ongoing legal battles around musician Prince’s estate as an example, they dive into the importance of having a plan.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The story of Prince, his estate, and his lack of a plan for after death
  • Why some wealthy individuals choose revocable trusts
  • What might have deterred Prince from creating an estate plan
  • How to keep information about your clients’ assets private after death
  • Estate planning steps that would have reduced Prince’s beneficiaries’ emotional and financial costs
  • And more!

Tune in now for the long-awaited Celebrity Estates episode about Prince!

Resources:  WealthManagement.com | The Wealth Intersection | Chequers Financial Management


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Dead Celebrity Ep 3 – Will Your Pets Become Heirs? A Look at Karl Lagerfeld and His Cat — With Guest Megan Gorman



Have you considered what would happen to your pet if something happened to you? Do you want to ensure that your family friend is taken care of after you’re gone?  

This episode will open your mind to the options available to you and your pet.

In episode three of Dead Celebrity, by Informa WealthManagement.com, David Lenok is joined by Megan Gorman of Chequers Financial Management. They speculate on the unreleased details of world-famous fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld’s estate plan and how he may have provided for his beloved cat, Choupette. Throughout the episode, you will hear examples of how your pet can be cared for after you’re gone.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • About the background on Karl Lagerfeld and his cat
  • How to use your estate plan to provide for your pet
  • Which options are available for ensuring your pet’s care, including trusts
  • The importance of picking the right guardian for your pet
  • And more!

If your dog/cat is your best friend, your child, your furbaby then you need to listen to this podcast.

Resources: Wealthmanagement.com | Chequers Financial Management | The Wealth Intersection