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Estate Planning FAQs For LGBTQ+ Couples

As we are about to wrap up another Pride Month, the LGBTQ+ community faces an increasingly uncertain legal landscape. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade and end the recognition of a constitutional right to abortion, many are worried that other rights, especially those enjoyed by […]

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3 Reasons Why Single Folks With No Children Need An Estate Plan

These days, more and more young people are delaying—if not totally foregoing—a life that involves marriage and parenting. The lack of jobs, crushing student debt, multiple recessions, and the pandemic have pushed many young people into a life path that leaves little room for settling down with a partner and getting married—and even less room […]

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If You’ve Been Asked To Serve As Trustee, Here’s What You Should Know

If a family member or friend has asked you to serve as trustee for their trust either during their life, or upon their death, it’s a big honor—this means they consider you among the most honest, reliable, and responsible people they know. That said, serving as a trustee is not only a great honor, it’s […]

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How To Pass On Family Heirlooms & Keepsakes Without Causing A Family Feud

When creating an estate plan, people are often most concerned with passing on the “big things” like real estate, bank accounts, and vehicles. Yet these possessions very often aren’t the items that have the most meaning for the loved ones we leave behind. Smaller items, like family heirlooms and keepsakes, which may not have a […]

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Q&A What is the IRS’s “Rule of 55” for 401(k) plans?

Q & A: QUESTION ______________________________________________________________________________ Q: What is the IRS’s “Rule of 55” for 401(k) plans? -Ready to Retire   ANSWER ____________________________________________________________________________ Dear Ready: Although you generally must wait until age 59½ to make withdrawals from your 401(k) without incurring a 10% early-withdrawal penalty, the IRS allows for a separation of service exception for certain […]

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Don’t Let Your Kids Leave Home Without Signing These 3 Document

As we head into summer, many parents will see their children graduate high school and prepare to leave home to attend college or pursue other life goals. This can be an exciting and emotional time, and with so much going on, estate planning probably isn’t at the front of your (or their) mind right now.     […]

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Key Milestones For Planning Your Retirement

The road to retirement is a long one, and as with any journey, it helps to have a few key milestones along the way to help gauge your progress. While your individual retirement plan and goals will be unique to your income, family situation, and desired lifestyle, most Americans share a number of common retirement […]

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10 Common Estate Planning Mistakes Your Family Can’t Afford to Make—Part 2

Because estate planning involves actively thinking about and planning for frightening topics like death, old age, and crippling disability, many people put it off or simply ignore it all together until it’s too late. Sadly, this unwillingness to face reality often creates serious hardship, expense, and trauma for those loved ones you leave behind.  To […]

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10 Common Estate Planning Mistakes Your Family Can’t Afford to Make—Part 1

Because estate planning involves actively thinking about and planning for frightening topics like death, old age, and crippling disability, many people put it off or simply ignore it all together until it’s too late. Sadly, this unwillingness to face reality often creates serious hardship, expense, and trauma for those loved ones you leave behind.  To […]

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Q&A: What is “diminished financial capacity”?

Q & A: QUESTION ______________________________________________________________________________ Q: What is “diminished financial capacity,” and why is it so dangerous for seniors? —Concerned Caretaker ANSWER ______________________________________________________________________________ A: Dear Concerned: The National Institute on Aging estimates that nearly half of all Americans will develop some form of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, during their lifetime. And while the cognitive […]

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How Creating A Life & Legacy Plan Creates And Preserves Your Family’s Legacy

When you think about loved ones who’ve passed away, you probably don’t think very much—or even at all—about the “things” they’ve left you. And when they do leave something behind, what you likely cherish most about the object are the memories and feelings the item evokes, not the thing itself. For the founder and CEO […]

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