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9 Financial Resolutions For A Happy New Year!

31December
2016

The start of a new year is usually an excellent time to begin making plans for growth in the coming year. According to a study conducted by Fidelity Investments, 37 percent of Americans considered making at least one finance-based New … Read More

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TOOLS TO SAVE FOR SKYROCKETING COLLEGE COSTS

9July
2016

You have undoubtedly seen the projections about college expenses. Using an average increase of 5% per year, by 2030 the annual tuition at a four year public school could soar to $41,200, and $92,800 at a private, nonprofit school. These … Read More

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HOW TO INSULATE YOUR ESTATE PLAN FROM BAD DECISIONS AND OUTSIDE INFLUENCES

7July
2016

Estate planning is an important and everlasting gift you can give your family. And setting up a smooth inheritance isn’t as hard as you might think. – Suze Orman When planning how to best pass along your financial legacy you … Read More

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UNDERSTANDING REVOCABLE LIVING TRUSTS AND THEIR BENEFITS

3March
2016

Almost everyone has heard of wills and trusts. Most articles written on these topics, however, often presume that everyone also already knows the basics of these important documents. But, in reality, many people are not entirely clear about the difference. … Read More

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ESTATE PLANNING AFTER DIVORCE – I.E. WHEN DEATH DOES DO US PART

4October
2015

Although most clients would probably say that a former spouse [or soon to be ex] is the last person they would want to inherit their assets, or to make life and death decisions for them, nevertheless, estate planning is still … Read More

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BENEFICIARY DESIGNATION LAND MINES IN ESTATE PLANNING

28June
2015

It is a common practice to use beneficiary designations, or what is referred to as “pay on death” or “transfer on death” designations to transfer assets in the event of death. Some significant assets, including life insurance policies, IRAs, retirement … Read More

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EQUAL DIGNITY FOR SAME SEX COUPLES #LoveWins

28June
2015

The United States Supreme Court ruled on June 26, 2015 that same-sex married couples are entitled to the same equal protection under the law, and their marriage must be recognized by every state. The case, Obergefell v. Hodges, was actually … Read More

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ROBIN WILLIAMS’ WIDOW LAUNCHES PROCEEDINGS OVER TRUST

12February
2015

Robin Wiliams’ widow, Susan Schneider, claims she was forced to resort to court action to prevent his children from stripping the home she shared with him, as reported by the Associated Press in a recent edition of The Guardian. According … Read More

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WHY HAVE A TRUST PROTECTOR?

12February
2015

Many trusts being established today will continue over a span of several generations. Consider how much things have changed just in the past 50 years, and the fact that it is now good policy to have trusts updated every few … Read More

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FOUR TIPS TO AVOID A CHALLENGE TO YOUR WILL OR TRUST

12January
2015

No one wants to think that the final wishes they set forth in their will or trust may be derailed by a contentious legal battle between family members. Here are four tips that may go a long way toward avoiding … Read More

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