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Succession: Who will inherit your book of business?

Advisory practices around the U.S. have been faced with a new priority focus: succession planning. With many of the youngest baby boomers approaching their 60s, it’s alarming to learn that only one-fourth of all advisors have a succession plan in place. Without a plan, many retiring advisors risk losing decades of efforts spent building their client relationships to another advisor who may not provide the level of service that their clients have come to expect.

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Expungement Week 2020

Over the last five years, Doc Kennedy and AdvisorLaw have been dubbed the “800-pound gorilla” when it comes to FINRA arbitration cases. That reputation has been earned by absolutely dominating the FINRA arbitration landscape. ​Maybe it’s the quarantines, the lockdowns, or the imminent FINRA arbitration fee increases, but the gorilla is eager to help this year. Doc has decided to give back …

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Advisors pursuing customer dispute expungements before September will pay a fraction of the new cost.

As published in the Federal Register, on June 1, 2020, the SEC approved FINRA’s proposed Rule changes to the customer dispute expungement process. Release No. 34—88945; File No. SR—FINRA—2020—005.  In short, the following provisions of the recently-approved Rule apply to all matters in which expungement of a customer dispute disclosure is requested as a claim or counterclaim: The minimum filing …

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Is A Social Media Post Worth Your Job?

Lately, AdvisorLaw has been hearing from more and more financial advisors who have imperiled their careers with social media posts and comments. We like to say that “it’s a free country,” and it is — the First Amendment guarantees that the government won’t put you in jail or punish you in any way for what you say. However, it does not guarantee …

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Working from home? Stay socially distant, virtually connected.

When working remotely, there are some things to keep in mind to remain compliant and productive. First, look up your firm’s Business Continuity Plan.Be sure you’re following the written policy and any written guidance provided by your supervisor or home office compliance. Ensure your communications are properly monitored.Once you’re sure that you’re in line with the written BCP, consider whether …

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FINRA Is Jacking Up The Cost Of Expungement For Brokers

Proposed rule changes in front of the SEC exponentially increase the minimum fees for FINRA disclosure expungement from $50 to $1,575. So, a typical expungement case would ultimately jump from $768 to well over $10,000. As we previously warned, on February 7, 2020, FINRA issued a Rule Filing Status Report (SR-FINRA-2020-005). The 219-page status report provides some insight into the …

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The Stakes for a Clean Record are Now Even Higher

Effective June 30, 2020, the SEC is enforcing sweeping reform, titled “Regulation Best Interest”. What does the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest mean for brokers? The New Requirements​Effective June 30, 2020, the SEC is enforcing sweeping reform, entitled “Regulation Best Interest: The Broker-Dealer Standard of Conduct,” commonly referred to as “Reg BI.” At the same time, the SEC is also enforcing the …

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A Stacked Deck: Inside the 2019 FINRA New Customer Dispute Expungement Process

The House always wins. FINRA has filed rule changes to strip financial advisors of a critical right. News that expungement of qualified customer disputes was under fire from the regulators first became known on December 6, 2017; when FINRA published Regulatory Notice 17-42. Since then, the industry has been anxiously waiting for the FINRA Board of Governors to tell the industry precisely …

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Which Firm Handles the Most FINRA Expungement Cases Filed by Financial Advisors?

​We don’t expect you to keep your finger on the pulse of the advisor-defense industry. So let us quickly bring you up to speed on the most crucial element that advisors seek when it comes to FINRA expungement of customer dispute and U5 termination disclosures–RESULTS. AdvisorLaw just surpassed its 1,000th disclosure expunged from FINRA’s BrokerCheck and the CRD. Every single disclosure was …