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Is a Spousal Lifetime Access Trust Right For Your Client?

As an insurance producer working with high net worth individuals, there are plenty of ways to ensure their families can take advantage of the money they have set aside for them without losing a large percentage of it in taxes.


Part IV: How US v. Windsor Affects LGBT Clients: Health Insurance & Financial Planning

While the lawsuit that led the Supreme Court finding the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, United States v. Windsor, largely regarded tax laws related to inheritance, there were a number of additional implications the ruling had on same-sex couples across the country.


Maximizing Wealth Through a Credit Shelter Trust

Do estate taxes keep your clients up at night? Do they worry about the amount of money they can pass to their heirs? This is a common concern among high net worth individuals, many of whom worked extremely hard to generate wealth that gives them the peace of mind knowing their spouse, children and grandchildren will be taken care of once they’re gone. For married individuals, a Credit Shelter Trust (CST) may be the right solution to help them avoid estate taxes when passing wealth on to their beneficiaries.


Part III: How US v. Windsor Affects LGBT Clients: Estate Planning

With the fall of Defense of Marriage Act, a lot has changed in the U.S. for same-sex couples.


Part I: How US v. Windsor Affects LGBT Clients – An Overview

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. With that single ruling, many doors opened for LGBT Americans across the country. Under the Supreme Court’s finding, the federal government can no longer discriminate against married lesbian and gay couples when determining federal benefits and protections.


The Mass Affluent Opportunity: Are You Missing Out? [Infographic]

In the decade since the launch of Facebook, social media platforms – including Twitter and LinkedIn – have established themselves as a trusted place for the Mass Affluent to locate and engage with financial companies and the information that they provide. Insurance agents and financial advisors need to institute a social media presence so they can not only demonstrate that they are tech savvy and cutting edge, but also to become an indispensable resource for maintaining their relationships with existing clients while finding new prospects in an actionable way.


How an ESOP Works

When it comes to the division of ownership of a company, there are plenty of options to be had.


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