A lawsuit brought by husband-and-wife planners in Florida against the CFP Board has brought the federal court system into the debate over “fee-only” labeling and consequences – a topic that the industry has been struggling to define.

Jeffrey and Kimberly Camardas’ legal complaint about an “unfair and capricious” disciplinary process by the CFP Board about the fee-only label also led to the recent sanction and resignation of former CFP Board Chairman Alan Goldfarb, as well as the abrupt departure of two of the board’s disciplinary and ethics commission members.

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