10 Questions Advisors Must Ask about IRA Custodial Documents


More helpful information on IRAs from expert Ed Slott:

Financial advisors should make sure they know the following about the IRAs they advise clients about:
What is the “default option” when there is no beneficiary named?
Are “per stirpes” beneficiary provisions accepted?
Is a customized beneficiary form accepted?
Can the beneficiary name a beneficiary?
Can Non-Spouse beneficiaries move investments via a trustee-to-trustee transfer?
Are multiple beneficiaries and IRA splitting permitted?
Will a trust be accepted as beneficiary?
Will your Power of Attorney form be accepted?
Is there a divorce provision?
Is there a “simultaneous death” provision?

The answers are in the IRA custodial document that set forth the rules that govern the IRA.
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