On this episode of Wealth Matters, hosts Adam Gaslowitz and Robert Port discuss how to anticipate and avoid issues at the “planning” stage of estate planning with their guests John Howard and Richard Morgan.
ABOUT JOHN HOWARD
John is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Resource Planning Group. He was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, but lived his early years in cities around the world as his father was an Officer in the Air Force. John is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee (BS, Business Administration). He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from the Emory University School of Law. He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, founding RPG in 1991. He is a member of the Fee-Only ® National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the Georgia Society of CPAs, the State Bar of Georgia, and the Atlanta Bar Association. He is also a Charter Member of Kingdom Advisors, a network of Financial Advisors committed to giving financial advice that is grounded in biblical principles. John was named one of the Top 100 People in Georgia Banking and Finance by the Atlanta Business Chronicle from 2006 through 2009. He has also been identified as a FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager since 2008 by Atlanta Magazine. John is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Sandy Springs. He serves on the Board for Kaleidoscope ABA, Inc., a nonprofit school serving children with Autism Spectrum or related disorders, and the Board of Advisors for the Bank of Sandy Springs.
How I Live Well : John and his wife, the former Georgia “Tee Gee” Finklea of Pamplico, South Carolina, have been married for over 32 years and have six children. Their second child, Jack, is autistic and has inspired a strong interest in families who have children with special needs. John and Tee Gee are active in the Body of Christ and dedicated to supporting missions at home and around the world. John enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling.
ABOUT RICHARD MORGAN
Richard M. Morgan has been practicing law in Georgia since 1987. Richard founded the award-winning Alpharetta law firm of Morgan & DiSalvo, P.C. in 1995 to help individuals and families plan and prepare for the many changes that life brings. Morgan & DiSalvo was again named in U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.com “Best Law Firms” ranking for 2015. Morgan & DiSalvo received the highest “Tier 1” rating in Trusts and Estates Law, a distinction held by only 10 law firms in the Metro Atlanta area.
Richard prides himself on bringing peace of mind to individuals and families by helping them prepare for significant life events. In addition to the primary practice areas of the firm, Richard also specializes in finding creative solutions for clients in the areas of estate & tax planning, estate & trust dispute resolution, business succession planning, planning for special needs beneficiaries, creditor protection, charitable gift planning and tax controversies.
Richard’s work is differentiated by his level of service and attention to detail. His technical and analytical capabilities and problem-solving approach are unique among attorneys. A leader in his field, Richard is past president of the Taxation Sections of both the Georgia and Atlanta Bar Associations, the Estate Planning & Probate Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, the North Georgia Estate Planning Council and the Georgia Planned Giving Council. Richard also serves on the Executive and Legislative committees of the Fiduciary law section of the Georgia Bar Association.
In 2014, Richard was elected as a Fellow in The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). This is the most prestigious group of Trusts and Estates attorneys in the country, with only 50 Fellows in the State of Georgia. ACTEC membership is only offered to those who have provided substantial contributions to the field of trusts and estates law. Richard has used his charitable gift planning expertise over the years by serving as the chairman or member of professional advisory committees of several large Atlanta organizations including the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Jewish Family & Career Services, the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta and YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta.
Richard received is B.B.A. in Accounting, cum laude, and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia. He received his LL.M. in Taxation from Emory University. Richard is a frequent speaker on estate and tax planning, charitable gift planning and other tax related topics.
Richard loves life and all that it has to offer, but his greatest accomplishments have all related to his wonderful and loving family, including his incredible wife and three children, and of course, now two Goldendoodles.
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