CFP Board Enforcement Process: Default; Suspension, Revocation, or Bar

Posted on July 13th, 2020 at 3:52 PM
CFP Board Enforcement Process: Default; Suspension, Revocation, or Bar

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:

This is the fourth of several posts detailing the CFP Board enforcement process.  This post will focus on what happens in the event a respondent is found to be in default.    

Once a CFP professional receives a complaint from the CFP Board, the CFP professional (known as the “respondent”) must take action to avoid being in default.  The respondent will be in default if he or she fails to file an answer to a complaint filed by the CFP Board Counsel.  It is important to note that a CFP professional can also be found to be in default for failure to act at other times in the process, including failing to acknowledge receipt of a Notice of Investigation or failing to pay fees assessed by the CFP Board. 

If a respondent is found to be in default, the CFP Board counsel will determine the sanction based on the seriousness, scope, and harmfulness of the allegations.  The CFP Board counsel may suspend respondent’s CFP certification and license for one year and one day; temporarily bar respondent from seeking CFP certification for one year and one day; revoke respondent’s certification and license; or permanently bar the respondent from seeking CFP Certification. 

The Administrative Order announcing the sanction must state the grounds for default with reasonable particularity.  The Administrative Order is subject to appeal. A respondent may also request reinstatement after an Administrative Order of suspension. 

CFP professionals who receive an inquiry or a complaint from the CFP Board should contact the professionals at Eccleston Law for a free consultation.

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