Financial planners are still trying to live down Bernie Madoff's mayhem. FINRA may be named to regulate investment advisors. Most wealth managers, though, aren't wrestling with Ponzi schemes or additional scrutiny. Advisors' burdens often center on the deceptions, frauds and blunders wrought by their own clients.

Potential land mines can nestle in unexpected places: the seemingly stable marriage of longtime clients, a small inheritance or the tax returns of retirees.

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