Tag Archives: Financial Advisor

2022 FEATURE

What You Need to Know About Fiduciary Duty Claim For Financial Professionals With Stephen Brodsky (Ep.103)



What is a fiduciary? Investment advisors, financial advisors, and wealth managers can all adhere to different legal obligations. But how do those duties differ between different types of financial professionals?

In this episode, Larry Heller, CFP®, welcomes Stephen Brodsky, Esq., a corporate partner as they explore fiduciary duties in the financial industry. Stephen helps to simplify the legal terms used by financial professionals to give you a better understanding of their duties.  Larry and Stephen discuss whether all financial advisors should be a fiduciary. Why and why not?

Stephen discusses:

  • What a fiduciary is in practical terms
  • What a Regulatory Best Interest (Reg BI) is and what it means
  • How his chapter in “Fiduciary Duty Claims Involving Investment Advisers and Other Financial Professionals” helps to clarify this often-confused part of the financial world
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Stephen Brodsky is a litigation and corporate partner with Mazzola Lindstrom LLP in New York City. He represents private companies, business owners, and executives in their business dealings and disputes. His practice is a mix of outside general counsel representation, transactional work, and complex commercial litigation. He spent the first half of his career in “big law” and has practiced for over twenty-five years. Outside of his practice, he serves in leadership positions both in the American Bar Association and New York State Bar Association. Stephen is also the author of a Chapter in a recently published Book discussing Fiduciary Duty Claims Involving Investment Advisers and other Financial Professionals.


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98. Year-End Planning Recommendations for Retirees



If you still haven’t started your year-end planning yet, now is the time to start. Planning will help you keep more money in your pocket and less in the government’s pocket.

In this episode, Larry Heller shares year-end planning recommendations for retirees so you don’t miss any of these timely planning opportunities.

Larry discusses: 

  • Why retirees need to take their acquired minimum distributions
  • Ways you can save money from taxes 
  • Roth conversion and cash flow planning strategies 
  • Charitable contribution planning strategies 
  • And more

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97. 10 Common Estate Planning Mistakes Made by Divorcees With Keren Birnbaum, Esq.



You don’t know what you don’t know. Whether you are contemplating divorce or are in the process, you want to protect yourself by having the proper communication and documentation.

In this episode, Larry Heller talks with Keren Birnbaum, Esq. a partner with Schwartz Ettenger, PLLC who focuses on estate planning, trust and estate administration, and elder law. Keren shares 10 common estate planning mistakes that divorcees need to be aware of to retire right.

Keren discusses: 

  • Repercussions of not having estate planning documents
  • The mistake of not updating your estate planning documents
  • Not updating beneficiary designations in your retirement accounts and insurance policies
  • Why it’s critical to educate yourself on the assets you own
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Keren G. Birnbaum, Esq. is a Partner with Schwartz Ettenger, PLLC where she concentrates her practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration and Elder Law. She has over 10 years of experience advising clients on how to protect themselves, their loved ones and their business in the event of death, incapacity or disability. 

Ms. Birnbaum earned her law degree at Hofstra University School of Law and her Bachelor’s Degree at Brandeis University. She is admitted to the New York State Bar, is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Queens County Bar Association, Brandeis Association, and is an active member of the Elder Law and Trusts and Estates Sections of the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Birnbaum has also lectured and published articles on various elder law and estate planning issues.