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Mr. Coughlin is registered as an Investment Advisor with the California State Department of Business Oversight. In this capacity he provides comprehensive financial planning for clients that are retired as well as those who have recently lost a spouse, parent or close relative. Mr. Coughlin also offers tax-planning assistance designed to optimize a clients distributions from qualified plans and IRAs. He furnishes the same distribution planning support to other financial and estate planning professionals on a consulting basis.
George Coughlin has delivered numerous presentations to various professional organizations on the topic of distributions from qualified retirement plans and IRAs. Those audiences include CLUs, CFP® practitioners, EAs, CPAs and members of the State Bar of California. The estate and trust sections of four county bar associations have invited George back for encores. His handout material continually receives high marks for its ability to convey complex ideas that assist other professionals to help their own clients.
Mr. Coughlin is a Registered Principal of Foothill Securities, Inc., which is a registered broker/dealer as well as a member of the FINRA and SIPC. He is further licensed by the State of California (license number 0423537) as a life and disability insurance agent and a variable contract agent. Mr. Coughlin is a 1965 graduate of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and earned his MBA at the University of Oregon two years later. In May 1978, George became a CFP® practitioner. He completed work on his second masters degree, an MS in Taxation, at Golden Gate University in December 1982.
George Coughlin is a Past President of the East Bay Chapter of the Financial Planning Association and the Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley. From 1994 to 1997 he served as the public member of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Advisory Commission for the California Bar Associations Board of Legal Specialization. Immediately thereafter, George served three years as the public member of the Taxation Law Advisory Commission. In September 2005, he finished a five-year term as a public member of the Board of Legal Specialization.
Mr. Coughlin resides with his family in Alamo, California. His civic activities are centered on the Boy Scouts of America. During an adult Scouting career that began in 1970, George has volunteered over eight years as a Scoutmaster for three troops and served as an Assistant Scoutmaster in a contingent troop at the World Jamboree in Australia. Today, he continues serving as an ASM in the troop he co-founded in 1984. His numerous contributions to Scouting have been recognized with a District Award of Merit and a Silver Beaver Award. In his leisure moments, George loves to fly fish, tie flies and search for geocaches.
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