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Estate Planning After Your Will is Drafted

I talk with a lot of people who have absolutely nothing done in their estate planning efforts.No will, no medical directives, nothing. So, I spend a lot of time talking about what would make up the standard “Estate Planning 101” package that they could have an attorney draft.  The basic documents that nearly everyone should have in place are a will, powers of attorney for financial and medical decisions, and advance medical directives.  With these basic documents in place, most people could check “estate planning” off of their to do list.  But, to dig a layer deeper, what are some things that you can do after you’ve signed your basic documents, never to look at them again? Read more

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Lessons From a Tragedy

If you’re like me, you were shocked and horrified when you found out about Robin Williams’ death. I can’t tell you how many interviews I listened to and movie clips I watched of him in the days after the horrible news. Buried in all that media coverage, I also saw this article pointing out that unlike so many other celebrities with untimely ends, at least Williams spared his family additional stress and grief by taking care of his estate planning with a revocable trust.  Read more

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We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore! (Part 3)

Several weeks ago, I introduced the idea of challenging corporate financial policies that put the company ahead of the customer. I talked about how cancellation policies are not set in stone and how consumers have nothing to lose by requesting a refund of unused services despite what the cancellation policy says. Last week, I continued the discussion by challenging the notion that new-customer deals should only be available to new customers while existing customers should be satisfied with the status quo. For this week’s blog post, I’m taking on the notion that some deals are only good “for a limited time.” Read more

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Your House Needs a Vacation Too

With summer coming to a close, have you planned your last vacation of the season?  As you pack your bags and finalize your itinerary, make sure to plan a holiday for your home as well. Specifically, give your home a rest regarding the electric use when you are away.  Here are four tips on how: Read more

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Retirement: You Might Need to Visualize It to Realize It

As a financial planner, I feel that it is important to encourage people to realistically think about what their retirement will look like. No matter how young or old, now is always a good time to plan for the future. It is not uncommon for some of these popular questions to come up during a typical conversation: Read more

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Worst Thing Ever

Occasionally, I’ll be in a conversation with a group of people and will throw out a random phrase and everyone has to give a quick response to it.  Recently, the phrase I threw out to the group at happy hour was “Worst Thing Ever.” One of my friends, without hesitation, blurted out “New York Yankees fans!” As the group was made up of lifelong Baltimore Orioles fans, we all agreed that Yankees fans can be obnoxious but they aren’t the worst thing ever…close, but not quite.  Read more

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Should You Buy Life Insurance as an Investment?

In response to this article we published on Forbes, we received this question on our Facebook page:

I recently read your article “Should You Use Life Insurance as an Investment?” on Forbes. I wanted to know how this article would apply to me. I just graduated and started my first job that pays pretty well. I don’t have any dependents so I didn’t think about life insurance until I meet with a financial advisor. He said starting insurance young is a better investment where I could keep safe dollars and be more risky in other parts. Would I be better off buying insurance now and benefiting from compound interest or use that money in other investments? Thanks! Read more

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We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore! (Part 2)

Last week, I shared with you how cancellation policies can intimidate you into not asking for a refund when you do not intend on using a prepaid service. Another policy that drives me nuts and may be intimidating consumers into settling for less is the policy that it’s okay to offer better options to new customers only. Since when is it okay to treat new friends better than old onesRead more

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Should You Split Up With Your Spouse In Retirement?

Some couples could benefit from a split strategy in retirement but I don’t mean breaking up with your loved one.  The Wall Street Journal‘s MarketWatch blog recently highlighted a split strategy for couples when deciding on the best time to take Social Security benefits. One spouse (the lower income earner) takes benefits as early as possible, which is at age 62.  The other spouse would wait until age 70 to take their own benefit but at their full retirement age (66 to 67 – depending on your year of birth) would claim the spousal benefit based on the lower income earning spouse.  Read more

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How to Change Your W-4 and Increase Your Take-Home Pay

Are you looking for a quick way to increase your savings or find some extra money to pay down debt? If you are like millions of other taxpayers currently overpaying your income taxes to the IRS each year, you still have time make adjustments to how much you are sending Uncle Sam. According to IRS statistics, there were 101 million refunds for the 2013 tax year. The average refund was $2,651. This figure was a slight decrease from last year but still a substantial amount of money to be loaning out to the IRS at zero percent interest. Read more

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