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Blog Posts in June, 2016

How to Protect Your Business From a Divorce

With the U.S. divorce rate at around 50% for first marriages and even higher for second marriages, a divorce’s impact on the fate of your business should be cause for concern. The best thing ...
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Check That Estate Plan Before Your Vacation

Summer is the busiest travel season and while you may have already made your flight and hotel plans, have you checked your estate plan? While this is probably not even on your mind, it should be so ...
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A Look at the Real Costs of Caregiving

According to a recent Pew Research Center study, almost 40% of American adults are caring for an adult or child with chronic health issues – an increase of 10% in just the past three years. The ...
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How to Take the Complexity Out of Estate Planning

Remember that old joke: How do you eat an elephant? Answer: One bite at a time. At the heart of that gag is the truth about how you tackle any seemingly complex task, taking it one step at a time so ...
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Gray Divorce: 4 Mistakes That Could Wreck Your Retirement

Beyond the emotional impact that divorce can have on couples of any age that decide to split, it can have a potentially devastating effect on the retirement plans of those who divorce later in life. ...
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How to Deal With a Family Member's Cognitive Decline Issues

A recent survey by the National Endowment for Financial Education found that 70% of the 2,000 adults surveyed said their families have not talked about who will make financial decisions for family ...
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How to Manage an Inheritance Wisely

Thanks to the frugality of their parents, most baby boomers will receive an inheritance at some time during the lives, with the average inheritance estimated at almost $65,000. Should you be the ...
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How to Make Sure Your Life Insurance Company Pays Out on Your Policy

A couple of years ago, 11 major life insurance companies agreed to pay $763 million to the heirs of deceased policyholders after it was discovered the companies continued billing customers for their ...
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Estate Planning: The Talk You Need to Have With Your Parents

The talk you need to have with your parents is not that talk, but could be just as squirm-worthy – which is why so many of us put it off. It’s about finances. Specifically, about your ...
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Don't Neglect These Important Post-Divorce Estate Planning Tasks

Ask anyone who’s ever gone through a divorce and they will tell you it is one of the most emotionally and financially devastating events of their life. Once you decide to divorce, you ...
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Is It Financially Better for Boomers to Live Together or Marry?

Currently, one in three baby boomers is unmarried and among those single boomers, only 11 percent say they want to remarry. But that doesn’t mean they want to live alone -- today, 2.75 million ...
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5 Important Lessons From the Estate Planning Mistakes of Others

There is much to be learned from the mistakes of others and the celebrity world abounds with cautionary tales when it comes to estate planning. Even with all the financial resources available to them, ...
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What Single Parents Need to Know About Estate Planning

Being a single parent is a huge responsibility. You may have taken it on willingly -- or not -- but your children’s lives are now largely in your hands. So what would happen to them if something ...
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5 Ways to Avoid Litigation Over Your Estate

You have likely heard over and over that there are many advantages to creating a comprehensive estate plan. One of the most important benefits for many individuals is that it allows you to help ...
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Estate Planning for the Family Vacation Home

Summer is here and for many of us, that means a trip to the family vacation home for a well-earned rest. Many vacation homes are passed down through the generations, storing up a wealth of family ...
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Steer Clear of These 10 Common Errors When Naming Life Insurance Beneficiaries

If you make a mistake in naming beneficiaries for your life insurance policy, the people you are trying to help will be those who end up being hurt. Here are 10 common errors you want to avoid when ...
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How to Avoid Family Conflict When Creating an Estate Plan

Everyone who makes an estate plan probably hopes that the provisions of their careful plans do not cause a family feud. Unfortunately, money has a habit of bringing out the worst in people, even in ...
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End-of-Life Planning Guidelines

Humans differ from every other creature on earth because we know that one day our life and everyone else’s will eventually end. So you would think that most rational human beings would make a ...
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How to Talk to Your Children About an Inheritance

Warren Buffett has famously said that you should leave your children enough to do anything, but not enough to do nothing. Research shows that the children of baby boomers will inherit almost $30 ...
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Estate Planning for Married Couples: How to Get Your Spouse on Board

It is not unusual for one spouse to be more motivated than the other to establish an estate plan, either because he or she just inherited a tidy sum or because one is a planner by nature and the other ...
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