How to Avoid Sending Your Assets and Loved Ones Into Probate Court

Over the years, we’ve discovered that many people make a BIG mistake, catapulting their assets and loved ones right into the court system. Most of our clients want to avoid probate because it has a reputation for being expensive, time consuming, stressful – and public, meaning anyone anywhere can see who got what and...
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9 Financial Resolutions For A Happy New Year!

As 2016 draws to a close and 2017 approaches, it’s an excellent time to begin making plans for growth in the upcoming year. According to a study conducted by Fidelity Investments, 37 percent of Americans considered making at least one finance-based New Year’s resolution for 2016, up from 31 percent in the previous...
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Talk to Your Family over the Holidays about Your Estate Plan

Many of us labor a lifetime to build up our assets and fight for causes that matter to us. Few things are more fulfilling than the thought of sharing wealth and legacy with our family. Of course, it’s impossible to plan for every eventuality, but careful planning can mitigate against the two primary risks. a)    Your...
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Act Now, Save Later

10 Year-End Tax Planning Strategies to Discuss with Your Financial and Tax Advisor Before the Holidays As summer draws to a close, tax time seems like a world away for most of us. We’re preoccupied with squeezing in that last vacation and/or getting the kids ready to go back to school, and once we settle into our...
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Expand Your Cast to Prevent Chaos

How Adding a Trust Protector Can Help You and Your Family You probably remember the cast of characters in your estate plan. You were the creator of your trust, known as the grantor, settlor, or trustmaker. The trustee controls the assets in the trust. For most revocable trusts, that’s also you, while you’re alive and...
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Reconsider Outright Inheritances

How to Protect Your Heirs and Your Legacy from Bad Decisions and Outside Influences 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 After working diligently for decades to achieve your financial goals,...
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Beyond Wills and Trusts: 3 Documents Everyone Needs

When it comes to estate planning, you probably think of wills and trusts. But there are three other estate planning documents you should think about to make your plan complete: A Living Will A Healthcare Directive, also called an Advance Directive, Medical or Healthcare Power of Attorney, or Designation of Healthcare...
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The Only Constant in Life is Change

When Circumstances Change, So Should Your Estate Plan Your estate plan was written to reflect your situation at a specific point in time –  and – as we all know – our lives continually change, unfolding in ways we might not have anticipated. Just like you meet with your doctor, financial advisor, or CPA on a regular...
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