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Interviews with the Next Generation of Experts, Commentators, Entrepreneurs and Creatives in and around wealth and the wealth management industry. From Frazer Rice, noted fiduciary expert, operator of frazerrice.com and author of "Wealth Actually".

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Interviews with the Next Generation of Experts, Commentators, Entrepreneurs and Creatives in and around wealth and the wealth management industry. From Frazer Rice, noted fiduciary expert, operator of frazerrice.com and author of "Wealth Actually".



    Artificial intelligence and healthcare have been intertwined for a long time.

    The public has finally noticed.

    With the emergence of OpenAI and other Large Language Model platforms, we are on the forefront of more huge changes in the business of health care.

    Healthcare and elder issues are the major concerns for most families planning for their futures. Artificial intelligence has permanently changed the method and pace of research, the role of privacy, the choice and delivery of treatment, and the way people interact with the healthcare community.

    To better understand these issues, I spoke with Chris Heye. who is working in the space.


    Dr CHRIS HEYE is the CEO and Founder of both Whealthcare Solutions, Inc. and Whealthcare Planning LLC. He is a proven entrepreneur with extensive experience starting and growing technology companies. After confronting dementia in his own family and witnessing elder financial abuse in friends, Chris decided that older adults needed more protection.

    Chris and I take a look at this intersection. The advances are exciting. Having surveying the landscape, we marvel at the leaps forward to come and worry about the issues that they create.


    Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare

    Against that backdrop, we take on these questions:

    How is the intersection of artificial intelligence and healthcare changing medical research?

    Is artificial intelligence shifting the methodology and processes of healthcare and is it for the better?

    After sharing our experiences with dementia and loved ones, Chris and I wonder about the future of dementia management. Will the intersection assist patients with their day-to-day lives?

    Is artificial intelligence widening the gap between retirement, late stage health and death?

    Knowing the pernicious effect of ageism, can the financial planning industry properly account for the length and expense of elder living?

    What can we expect in the near future and what should we look out for?


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    The transition of wealth between generations has put the spotlight squarely on fiduciary roles. With the rapid changes in the financial services space, directed trustees and independent administrative trust companies have exploded in popularity.

    The Evolving World of Directed Trustees

    Most advisors, wealth management firms, and clients under-appreciate the responsibility and risks of proper trusteeship.

    They remember a culture and business model that existed decades ago.

    These days, individuals trustees usually can't handle the rigors of the job and law firms are leaving the space for liability reasons.

    Finally, in an environment where clients want more flexibility and control, the large bank-owned trust departments provide a cumbersome experience and high turnover,

    With this in mind, modern estate planning has unbundled traditional investment, administrative and distribution trustee roles. There is a huge appetite for jurisdictional planning and best-in-class providers.

    With all of this change, it is confusing for the advisor to know who is responsible for what and how much it should cost.

    The Problem for RIAs

    RIA's do not have the resources to advise or service clients with this complexity. The administration and oversight of these structures is a distraction.

    Building a trust company to solve this problem does not make business sense in a private equity-backed RIA aggregation environment.

    Moreover, using conflicted trust providers is out of the question for fear of putting client relationships at risk.

    An increasingly popular option for RIAs and wealthy families is the use of directed trustees and the independent administrative trust company.

    CHRISTOPHER HOLTBY is a co-founder of an independent trust company that works specifically with wealth advisors and directed trustees.

    Not only do we highlight the best practices for identifying and partnering with an administrative trustee, but we also discuss the typical workflow between an RIAs and directed trustees.

    Chris' Background with Directed Trustees

    How RIAs work with directed trustees and an independent trust company:

    1/ What are the basic requirements of independent trust company?

    2/ Accordingly, which "value adds" should RIA firms should look for?

    3/ Are there key attributes to spot when deciding to work/partner with an independent trust company?

    4/ Lastly, should you be aware of any "Gotchas" in the space?

    How Do We Stay in Touch with Chris?


    Video of the Podcast:


    "Wealth Actually" is now on Video!


    • 23 min


    Dr. RICHARD HAASS takes us on a tour of The World's Hot Spots. We also discuss the U.S. in 2024 and the concept of citizen ship.

    • 41 min


    Episode 151 - MARK HOUSE

    Cryopreservation and wealth was once the purview of science fiction and Hollywood. Freezing one's self to be revived in the future is not just something out of Issac Asimov book or a Ridley Scott movie. The science, estate planning, and economics of this "call option on immortality" are here right now.

    There are legitimate and current issues with cryopreservation and wealth- fascinating ones at that! Science, estate planning, ethics, governance, economics and good old-fashioned drafting are in focus as I speak with Scottsdale-based attorney MARK HOUSE.

    We're going to get our arms around the misconceptions of the freezing process and what that means legally and practically. With that background, we'll dive into the structuring and drafting considerations to effectuate this amazing concept. Finally, we have some fun by guessing at what the world may look like with revived citizens hundreds of years from now.



    -How did Mark get into estate planning and how did he get into cryonics?


    -Let's define freezing "pre-death" vs "post-death."

    -Behind the Science: GREG FAHY'S WORK and BIO

    -What is the legal and funding process?


    -Usually when people die (and the being's existence terminates), the assets transfer to beneficiaries. However, here something different happens.

    -Is there a difference between being kept alive but in "suspended animation" and dying?

    -Does having various features including DNA maps serve as the basis for a new being?


    -Ownership in a trust should be able to provide the structure that allows the Grantor to be resuscitated when the science catches up.

    -Trusts have a Grantor, Trustee, Corpus (literally in this case) and beneficiaries.

    -Trustees must administer, invest and distribute. 

    -How does a directed trust allow the Grantor's intent to persist?


    -Perpetuity and a Good Trust Protector Structure are vital.

    -With that in place, trustees must have distribution flexibility and discretion around "beneficiary determination"

    -Why is it important to have broad Trustee choice?

    -If we're making guesses about the future, why is nimble decision-making process around "science determinations" important?

    -When talking about investment flexibility, is endowing a future being a "prudent investment'? If so, how does a trustee sign off on that?


    -Who pays the freezer? How much does this cost?

    -Once we know that, how does the trust pay for it?

    -When should a person use life insurance? When employed, does the presumption of death change anything?

    -What happens if you run out of funds?

    -Does it make sense to (also) endow the future persons' lifestyle? If not, how will they function in the future?

    -Should other the trust not include future beneficiaries to reduce a potential future conflict

    -How do you staff this? (See here for an interview with Betsy Brown on Corporate Trustees designed to deal with tricky situations: https://frazerrice.com/ep-63-betsy-brown/)

    • 36 min



    In this 150th Episode, we revisit the topic of citizenship and expatriation and try to answer the question, "Should I expatriate?."

    Establishing a life outside the friendly confines of the United States is a popular wealth conversation.. In the last few years, fueled by local dissatisfaction, political polarization, wealth divide animosity and positive "working abroad" experiences, "Expatriation" is now a big word in the cocktail party circuit. It's a word that shouldn't be taken lightly. Done correctly, it is a multi-year decision and planning process with significant consequences.

    Long-time friend of the podcast, DAVID LESPERANCE and fellow cross-border tax expert, MELVIN WARSHAW, share their expertise on the three levels of "detachment" from the USA. They will set out the administrative and tax consequences of moving up the ladder of recission from the United States.

    (David's previous interview here EP-76 Citizenship Diversification)

    What factors have caused a dramatic increase in Wealthy Families seeking second citizenships and residence as "Fire Insurance"?

    Tax the Rich proposals,

    Rising racism and anti-semitism,

    political polarization,

    mass shootings etc.

    What are the tax consequences of being a United States citizen?

    How does one obtain a second residence? What factors to consider?

    How does one obtain a second citizenship? What factors to consider?

    What are the types of "Fire Escape Plans"? (i.e. Go Bag option, American Living Abroad, Expatriation) 

    What are the Tax consequences of leaving the United States vs a full "Expatriation"?

    What are possible factors that may cause one to trigger their Fire Escape Plan? (SCOTUS decision in Moore, Election mayhem, natural disasters, election results etc.)

    What is the impact on the US of Wealthy Americans triggering Fire Escape Plans?

    Should I Expatriate?


    David Lesperance on Linkedin

    Melvin Warshaw on Linkedin


    • 37 min


    Episode 148: Aon's Latanya Simmons

    Aon's LaTanya Simmons on Florida and California Property Insurance

    The challenging Florida and California property insurance environment is a huge topic of conversation. Anyone looking to insure a property knows that this has become tricky business in the last five years. Floods, hurricanes, wildfires and mold have are major problems for successful families' homes. These and other conditions have driven up premiums if you can find insurance at all. Add into the mix the complexity around the liability and the long term viability of the insurers. It becomes obvious that you need an expert to help navigate these risks.

    LATANYA SIMMONS is an Atlanta native and 2nd generation risk management professional. As the National Sports Practice Director and Private Risk Advisor with AON Private Risk Management, LaTanya provides expert personal property and casualty insurance advice and advocacy for successful individuals. executives, entrepreneurs, athletes, entertainers and family offices nationwide count among the people that she serves.

    We discuss the Florida and California phenomenon and what she sees as the future of the property and casualty insurance market in the high net worth space.

    The Florida and California Property Insurance Challenge

    Tell us what is going on in the Florida and California property insurance markets? What is the impact on customers?

    Are Florida and California (and New York) just the beginning for the risk markets?

    What strategies should those and others contemplating moves or purchases in other states consider beforehand?

    How has the insurance market changed over the last 5 years (and specifically in the last 2)? Where do you see it going?

    Will states like Texas, Colorado and Georgia feel this?

    Where do you identify the biggest insurance risks for highly successful individuals?

    How often should insurance policies and programs be reviewed, including the health of their insurer?

    Many clients are high profile due to their or their family’s success and involvement in the community. This puts them in the spotlight often – in the news, on social media, front page of their company website.

    What risks do higher profile people need to be thinking about?

    What other guidance you can share for successful individuals and families when it comes to managing the risk around their homes, autos, collections, and other property?

    Contact LaTanya

    LaTanya Simmons LINKEDIN


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