Financial Planning: Process and Rules - Article 5: Interim Suspension Status


Interim suspension is the temporary suspension by the DEC of a CFP® professional’s right to use the marks for a definite or indefinite period of time, while proceedings conducted pursuant to these Disciplinary Rules are pending against the CFP® professional. Imposition of an interim suspension shall not preclude the imposition of any other form of discipline entered by the DEC in final resolution of the disciplinary proceeding.

5.1 Issuance of a Show Cause Order

Although a CFP® professional’s right to use the marks shall not ordinarily be suspended during the pendency of such proceedings, when CFP Board receives evidence that a CFP® professional has engaged in conduct: 1) that poses an immediate threat to the public; and 2) the gravity of the conduct significantly impinges upon the stature and reputation of the marks, CFP Board Counsel may issue an Order to Show Cause why the CFP® professional’s right to use the marks should not be suspended during the pendency of the proceedings.

5.2 Service

CFP Board shall serve the Order to Show Cause upon the CFP® professional as provided in Article 18.2.

5.3 Response

All responses to Orders to Show Cause shall be in writing and shall be submitted within 20 calendar days from the date of service of the Order to Show Cause upon the CFP® professional. Extensions and/or continuances are generally disfavored by CFP Board. CFP Board Counsel may, however, grant reasonable requests for extensions and continuances, as deemed appropriate. The CFP® professional shall, in the response, either request or waive the right to participate in the Show Cause Hearing.

5.4 Failure to Respond to the Order to Show Cause

If the CFP® professional fails to file a Response within the period provided in Article 5.3, the CFP® professional shall be deemed to have waived the right to respond, the allegations set forth in the Order to Show Cause shall be deemed admitted and an interim suspension will automatically be issued.

5.5 Show Cause Hearing

Upon receiving the CFP® professional’s response as provided in Article 5.3, a hearing shall be scheduled as soon as practicable before a Hearing Panel consisting of three members of the DEC, generally no more than 40 days from the date of service of the Order to Show Cause. The CFP® professional shall have the opportunity to participate at such hearing presenting arguments and evidence on his/her behalf. All evidence presented must be submitted to CFP Board Counsel with the CFP® professional’s Response to the Order to Show Cause in accordance with Article 5.3. Either party may make a motion at the hearing to admit evidence discovered by either party after the CFP® professional files a Response to the Order to Show Cause. The Chair of the Hearing Panel shall have the discretion to grant or deny the motion. CFP Board Counsel will provide the CFP® professional with the evidence submitted to the Hearing Panel prior to the Show Cause Hearing. In making its determination whether to issue an interim suspension, the Hearing Panel shall consider all of the evidence presented.

5.6 Interim Suspension

Upon a showing of any of the factors listed in Article 5.1, an interim suspension shall be issued, subject to review by the DEC under the provisions of Article 11.2, unless the Hearing Panel determines that the CFP® professional has provided evidence that establishes by a preponderance of the evidence that the CFP® professional does not pose an immediate threat to the public and that the gravity of the CFP® professional’s conduct does not significantly impinge upon the stature and reputation of the marks. The fact that a CFP® professional is seeking appellate review of a conviction or professional discipline shall not limit the power of the Hearing Panel to impose an interim suspension.

5.7 Automatic Interim Suspension

An interim suspension shall immediately be issued without a hearing when CFP Board Counsel receives evidence of a conviction or a professional discipline in accordance with Article 13.1 for any of the following conduct:

(a) Felony conviction for any crime;

(b) Misdemeanor conviction for fraud, misrepresentation or crimes of moral turpitude; or

(c) Revocation of a financial professional license (securities, insurance, accounting or bank-related license) unless the revocation is administrative

in nature, i.e. the result of the individual determining to not renew the license by not paying the required fee and/or not completing the required continuing education.

CFP Board Counsel will notify any CFP® professional subject to interim suspension under this Article as provided in Article 18.2.

5.8 Proceedings Subsequent to Interim Suspensions

After the issuance of an interim suspension or an automatic interim suspension, CFP Board Counsel shall continue to investigate as outlined in Article 6. After CFP Board Counsel issues a Complaint, as outlined in Article 7, a CFP® professional will have the opportunity to be heard in accordance with the Disciplinary Rules. An Interim Suspension issued under this Article, however, is not subject to the CFP® professional’s right of appeal as outlined in Article 12.

5.9 Automatic Reinstatement Upon Reversal of Conviction or Professional Discipline

A CFP® professional subject to a suspension under this Article shall have the suspension vacated immediately upon filing with the DEC a certificate demonstrating that the underlying criminal conviction or professional discipline has been reversed; provided, however, the reinstatement upon such reversal shall have no effect on any proceeding conducted pursuant to these Disciplinary Rules then pending against a CFP® professional.

Article 6: Investigation
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