Planning for disposition of your property after you are gone is a privilege and a responsibility. Often your family's financial security and future happiness may be dependent upon how efficiently your assets are transferred. Efficiently disposing of your property by means of a will requires the... more
Many individuals drastically underestimate the cost of securing private health insurance when they are retiring early, changing jobs, or as a result of downsizing when pre-existing conditions exist. There are in place nationwide safe guards to assure an individual who was previously covered by... more
You will recall that an estate owner's family will be the recipient of capital from four sources in addition to his government programs: his personal assets, real estate, business assets, and life insurance. We have found that most people "husband and wife alike" would prefer to have all these... more
By Anna Wroblewska. The first thing you want to do as a newlywed probably has nothing to do with estate planning, but it's critical to tackle it early. Taking the time to sit down with your spouse and update your estate plans will ensure that, should the worst happen, your new family is prepared... more
The pinnacle of family success and legacy has always been the private family foundation. For years, only the ultra-wealthy could enjoy the rewarding aspects of philanthropy and the pride of influencing generations to come. These vehicles are not just for the Rockefellers and Gates anymore... more
The Terri Schiavo case brought the nation's attention to a difficult but important issue: Who will make critical decisions regarding your health care if you are unable to do so "Fortunately, there is a legal means of addressing this potential future concern" an advance directive. Generally... more
By James O'Brien. If you meet the threshold for?estate taxes, think of 2014 as a landmark year in your planning. The rules surrounding exemptions and gifts have changed, and the impact could be far-reaching for your family -- perhaps more so than many planners initially realize. As the new... more
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