Are You a Crummey Advisor or Just a Crummy Advisor?

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Crummy is defined as dirty, run-down, tacky, worthless or just plain lousy.  On the other hand, if you’re a “Crummey” advisor, that’s a good thing – especially if you’re making “Crummey” recommendations to your high-net-worth (HNW) clients.  Let me explain what I mean about making “Crummey” recommendations. A “Crummey Trust” is used when a parent wants to make lifetime gifts …

Your Clients & Their Children: Solutions To Joint Bank Accounts

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If you didn’t get a chance to read my first article on this subject, Your Clients and Their Children: The Problems with Joint Bank Accounts, it may be helpful to review it as a means of providing context for this article. As noted in that first posting, if a client couple wishes to make their bank accounts into joint accounts …

Your Clients & Their Children: The Problems With Joint Bank Accounts

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Do you get the recurring question from clients that I do, from time to time, about bank accounts? I’m referring to the issue where an elderly mother or father wants to add their child’s name to one or more of their bank accounts. In simple terms, the logic makes sense, as most parents want to assure that their bills, mortgages, …

Estate Administration Powers – Benefit Your Clients

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National Advisors Trust Company recently received authority from the Office of Thrift Supervision to offer estate administration and guardianship services in addition to the trustee, employee benefit, IRA, and custodian services that National Advisors Trust has offered since its original chartering. The new estate administration and guardianship services are now available to clients of advisory firms that are National Advisors …