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The WWII Generation Has More to Pass On Than Just Assets

A new buzz word in the financial service industry is “holistic wealth management.” This is an approach to managing wealth that looks at all of the areas of someone’s finances – not only their investments but taxes, insurance and even legal needs. One of the areas I feel gets the least attention is an approach to passing on the legacy of wisdom from one generation to the next.  Read more

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Making the Most of Family Gatherings

Family gatherings are a great time to catch up on the latest happenings of family. I love seeing how much taller my nieces and nephews have grown. I especially love watching the new parents, with a look that is a combination of wonder and terror mixed with love as they look at their newborn babies.  Read more

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Lessons From a Five-Hour Flight

On a recent flight from Charlotte to Los Angeles, I sat next to a gentleman who has had quite a rough year.  Without going into a lot of detail, he spoke with me about the recent passing of his father.  For many, the thought of losing a parent would be rather hard, but for my traveling companion, he spoke of his father’s passing as somewhat of a relief.  You see, his father began to suffer from cognitive impairment earlier in the year so much that he was eventually confined to a nursing home. His health deteriorated quite rapidly, and he was only in the nursing home for about three months when he passed. Read more

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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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Do You Have An Advance Directive?

As a husband and father of four children, it is important to me to make sure my family is taken care of in the event of an emergency.  I have done a few things such as create an emergency fund, draft a will, and purchase life insurance, but there are a number of things I still have left to do.  One of the more important items I still have left on my to-do list is an advance health care directive. Read more

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Charitable Intentions With Potentially Uncharitable Results

My husband was ecstatic last weekend as the winning bidder of four Ravens tickets at a silent auction. The silent auction was part of a fundraiser for my friend’s niece, Melissa, who has been suffering from a rare illness that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Her story captured the attention of the local newspaper, then went viral when she was the featured recipient of Chive Charities for Hope for a Home. When I made the check out to pay for the Ravens tickets, I was told to make it payable for $350 to Melissa, but my check was miniscule compared to the over $388k raised altogether.  I was so happy that Melissa’s fundraiser had been such an amazing success, but I was also concerned about the consequences these donations might have on her since I was writing the check directly to her.  Read more

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Your Last Wish

Do you have a last wish?  I hadn’t given it much thought until last weekend, when I sadly had to attend a memorial of a friend who died unexpectedly at the early age of 48. Tom left behind a wife, a grown son, and his childhood best friend John, who he’d stayed close with for over 40 years of their lives.   Read more

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A Simple Estate Planning Checklist For a Challenging Topic

What does your current estate plan look like?  If you said you don’t have an estate plan, you’re probably wrong because the state you live in actually has a plan for your estate if you die without a will, trust, or other crucial documents.  If your line of thinking is “what estate…I’m overwhelmed by debt” or “I’m single with no kids” or “I’m young and just getting started in my career,” understand that everyone has an estate and needs an estate plan to make sure your individual, family, and financial goals are met once you die. Read more

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Five Step Check List for Your Estate Plan

What did Heath Ledger and former Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger have in common?  Their career choices couldn’t have been more different but in their estate planning, they made similar mistakes — ones that could have been easily avoided.  Heath Ledger made the mistake of not updating his will when his daughter was born and even though Warren Burger was a Supreme Court Justice, well versed in the law, he made the mistake of doing it himself and ended up leaving out some key provisions.  In both cases, the family paid the price.  If a Supreme Court Justice can make a mistake, anyone can. Read more

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