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An Estate Planning Checklist

Things to check and double-check before you leave this world. Estate planning is a task that people tend to put off, as any discussion of “the end” tends to be off-putting. However, those who leave this world without their financial affairs in good order risk leaving their heirs some significant problems along with their legacies.…

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Estate Taxes: What is the Estate Tax?

Estate planning is not just for the very wealthy.  What is the estate tax? You have an “estate”. It doesn’t matter if you own a mansion or a motor home. Rich or poor, when you die you leave behind an estate. For some, this could be real property, an investment portfolio and more. For others,…

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What is a Trust? The Fine Art Of Flexible Estate Planning

Specialized trusts & private loans can help address some “what ifs”. Estate planning professionals have to deal with ambiguities today. Constant tax law revisions aside, there are contingencies of family life that may require added flexibility in estate planning. Fortunately, there are tools that can help to arrange it. Standby trusts. As the name implies,…

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Inheritance: What Beneficiaries Need To Know

What do you do when an account owner passes away? If your loved ones have invested, saved or insured themselves to any degree, you may be named as a beneficiary to one or more of their accounts, policies or assets in the event of their deaths. While we all hope “that day” never comes, we…

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Tax Efficiency In Retirement

How much attention do you pay to this factor? Could you end up paying higher taxes in retirement? Do you have a lot of money saved in a 401(k) or a traditional IRA? If so, you may be poised to receive significant retirement income. Those income distributions will be taxed. As federal and state governments…

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Inheritance: An Inherited Ira

Here are some things to consider. Be sure you understand your options. When the owner of an IRA passes away, his or her heirs must be aware of the rules and regulations affecting the inherited IRA. Ignorance could lead you straight toward a tax disaster. Please note that this is simply an overview. Rather than…

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Leaving A Legacy Plan

We will all leave this world sometime. Why leave unanswered questions with those we love? We all want to live a significant, successful life. Yet how many of us realize that our important, positive contributions can last long after we are gone? Two things are certain: death and taxes. Some of us grasp that reality…

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What Exactly Is Wealth Management?

The two words signify a far-reaching kind of financial care. There’s financial planning, and then there’s wealth management. Think of wealth management as a step up from garden-variety financial planning. One office (rather than one person) provides a range of services for a client: personal financial planning and investment management, tax reduction and estate planning…

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How Can I Retire? The 2 Biggest Retirement Misconceptions

While the idea of retirement has changed, certain financial assumptions haven’t. We’ve all heard about the “new retirement”, the mix of work and play that many of us assume we will have in our lives one day. We do not expect “retirement” to be all leisure. While this is becoming a cultural assumption among baby…

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Divorce Financial Planner: 5 Step Financial Action Plan

A Post-Divorce Action Plan from a Divorce Financial Planner You have just gone through one of the most challenging and difficult periods that a woman can experience in her life – a divorce. While many things may still be in up in the air, one aspect of your life that you should make sure you’re…

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