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Why Do People “Put Off” Estate Planning?
The statistics are rather alarming. In 2005, 50 percent of Americans had a will; today, only 32 percent of us have one. Meanwhile, only one in three Americans over the age of 55 has a durable power of attorney, and a mere 41 percent of this same demographic has...
How to Keep the Relationship Alive While Managing Debt
Keeping a relationship together is about solving problems before they become problems and this applies to everything from pet peeves to financial responsibility. Everyone wants to feel secure in their relationship. This can be challenging when one partner carries...
What Will Happen to Your Digital Estate When You Pass Away?
Even if you are not tech savvy, you likely have a digital “estate” comprised of assets with financial and sentimental value. You probably also have plenty of personal information floating around out there in the digital universe. To protect these assets, and to ensure...
The Next Step: Planning for The Future with Intention
Completing your estate plan is a great first step towards securing peace of mind for your family’s future. It is, however, only a first step. Just because you’ve met with your estate planning attorney and completed your will or established your trust doesn’t mean that...
Funding a Trust: You Have a Trust…Now to Fund It!
A trust is like an Easter basket in that it only really exists when full. Until you fill that wicker frame with chocolate eggs and other goodies, it’s nothing more than, well, a frame. Likewise, until you fund a trust with assets, it’s nothing more than legal...
What to Do When a Loved One is Diagnosed with Dementia
A dementia diagnosis is a traumatic time for any family. Dementia happens slowly and progressively over time. In the early stages, some symptoms are often thought of as just signs of aging. Beginning signs can be as simple as losing car keys, forgetting where the car...
Doing the Right Thing: Quiet Good Deeds and Estate Planning
Everyone agrees that doing the right thing is, well, the right thing to do, but many stall out trying to figure out what this means. Should you make monthly donations to a cause close to your heart? Support a political party that shares your values? Volunteer your...
Who Holds the Power? Beneficiary Designations vs. Wills
If Wills worked as they do in movies, anything written in them would be interpreted as final and immutable. A loved one could dig up a Will you’d written on a napkin, declare its discovery, and all your last wishes would be fulfilled. Hunky-dory, happy story, the...
Legal Documents that College Students Shouldn’t Leave Home Without
It is a daunting task to prepare for your child to go to college. Now that the enrollment deposit has been paid, the dorm application is complete, and you’ve purchased their first official college sweatshirt, you can breathe - right? Not necessarily. College is an...
How to Create a Financial Planning Bucket List!
What do Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Pablo Picasso, Steve McNair, Aretha Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln have in common? No, it’s not that they’re all dead (though, yes, they are). It’s not even that they’re all famous (however true, that would be too easy). It’s that they...
Ensuring a Legacy: What Top Musicians are Doing and How It Relates to Capital Gains
Everything has a price, sure, but everything also has an expiration date. A tomato may cost a dollar today but next week it will be worth nothing. Ten years ago a pair of raw denim skinny jeans might have sold for $200; nowadays you couldn’t pay anyone under 30 to...
The Risks of Giving Adult Children an “Advance” on Their Inheritance.
There are many reasons you might consider giving your adult children a portion of their inheritance now, while you’re alive and well. Maybe you’ve seen your nest egg grow thanks to a robust stock market, and you have more in savings than you thought you would at this...
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