BEPC Emerging Planner Education Event: Serving as Fiduciary - What Professional Advisors Must Know

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Time: 8:00am - 9:30am
Location: RBC - 225 Schilling Circle, Suite 250, Hunt Valley, MD 21031
Speaker: Leslie Williams and Catherine Walker

Sponsored by MAM CPA, LLC

Join the Emerging Planners in an informational event, "Serving as Fiduciary - What Professional Advisors Must Know."

Description: Individuals who choose a family member or friend, professional advisor, or corporate trustee to represent them as a fiduciary do so out of an abundance of trust and goodwill. The person chosen for that role typically accepts that appointment with honor and gratitude for that trust. With that honor, though, comes a great deal of duty and responsibility. For the inexperienced fiduciary, this can sometimes lead to unfamiliar situations and possible liability. This program will examine some of the common pitfalls associated with serving as a fiduciary, common-sense approaches to planning, and some of the recent trends in fiduciary litigation.

08:00-08:30 - Networking w/ Light Breakfast
08:30-09:30 - Program


Leslie Williams, Wealth Strategist
Based in Baltimore, Les works closely with RBC Wealth Management financial advisors and their high-net-worth clients across the Eastern and Central United States. Using his experience as an estate planning and transactional attorney, Les helps financial advisors develop appropriate wealth management solutions for clients focused on trust and estate planning strategies, asset protection, tax minimization, business succession planning and charitable planning. He works with clients’ attorneys, accountants and other professionals to implement strategies that meet clients’ financial objectives. Les has been a member of the Maryland bar since 1996 and practiced law in Baltimore, most recently as a partner in Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP. His law practice focused on estate planning, estate and gift tax, estate and trust administration and business transactions. Prior to joining RBC Wealth Management, Les was a senior vice president and fiduciary advisory specialist with the Wells Fargo Private Bank. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from the Johns Hopkins University, his law degree from the George Washington University, and a Master of Taxation degree from the University of Baltimore. Les has passed his Series 7 and 66 securities exams. Les lives in Baltimore County, Maryland, with his wife and four children. He enjoys live music, travel and golf, and is a faithful fan of the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays lacrosse team and the Baltimore Ravens.

Catherine Walker, Senior Manager, Professional Trustee and Philanthropic Solutions
Cathy Walker is a senior manager of Professional Trustee and Philanthropic Solutions for RBC Wealth Management. Based in Wilmington, Delaware, Cathy is responsible for helping RBC Wealth Management financial advisors promote family legacy planning concepts to clients. She also helps educate clients about the benefits of using wealth management strategies that incorporate trust and philanthropic solutions. Overall, her goal is to enhance the relationship clients have with their financial advisors by helping them make optimal use of trust strategies. Additionally, Cathy manages a team of trust consultants who support RBC Wealth Management financial advisors and their clients throughout the United States. She strives to make what is often viewed as a sensitive and difficult topic into a conversation about the role of planning for clients, their families, friends and communities. Cathy has more than 30 years of experience working in the trust industry as a marketing consultant, trust officer and business development professional. Cathy earned a bachelor’s degree from Wilmington University and attended Cannon Financial Institute’s Trust School. She has spoken to audiences at state bar association meetings and is a featured speaker for the Financial Planning Association. Cathy is approved to provide continuing education credits to Certified Financial Planner professionals and Certified Public Accountants nationwide.

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