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Author Archives: Marie Burns

Misunderstandings About the Financial Power of Attorney Document

Financial Power of Attorney

Common Misunderstandings Do you know if your financial power of attorney document is a “springing” or an “immediate” authorization? Do you know what your bank or retirement account custodian would require if your financial power of attorney agent needed to transact on your account for you? Those two questions and their answers can cause a…

Helping Our Aging Parents with Their Finances

helping aging parents

Have you talked with your elderly parents about their financial situation yet? They may have initiated a conversation, or you may have, either way, it can feel awkward. But it is helpful to ensure our parents’ well-being, safety from scammers, and comfort level both physically and emotionally. Turning the Tables We’re probably all tired of hearing…

The Morbid Details: End of Life Preferences

The Morbid Details

The Guilt Have you ever gone to an estate sale? As you walk through the home of the previous owner, what thoughts are in your head? What are you feeling? I have found myself having difficulty not feeling like an intruder or feeling guilty or disrespectful, especially in rooms of the home you often don’t…

What Simple Stories Can Teach Grandchildren About Money

Family Saving Money

What is Your Grandma Name? If you are a grandmother, did your kids ask you how you wanted to be addressed by the grandchildren: grandma, mimi, memaw, etc? Never having thought about that question (since both my grandparents and my husband’s were always Grandma Last Name and Grandpa Last Name), I was totally surprised when…

Can You Relate to These Common Estate Planning Mistakes?

estate planning mistakes

When you stop and think about it, choosing to do nothing in advance about something negative that is guaranteed to happen seems illogical, doesn’t it? And yet, human nature is that we avoid thinking about negative things, which is why the majority of Americans still die without having estate planning documents in place, for example….

Have You Told Your Assets Where to Go?

begin with the end in mind

Best Seller Advice Begin with the end in mind. “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey was written over 15 years ago but is still a best seller for good reason. His timeless advice is applicable across many aspects of our lives, business or personal. One of his recommended seven habits is…

Checklist: Loaning Money to Friends and Family

Loaning money

The School of Hard Knocks Sometimes you can become an “expert” in an area of life by learning from the School of Hard Knocks versus a real brick and mortar educational institution. That is the case with my topic this month as I share some healthy advice about loaning money to family and friends from…

Have you Inventoried your “What Ifs”?

Woman Thinking

What We Worry About Do you ever find yourself asking these important life questions? What if my spouse or I die prematurely? What if one of us becomes disabled during our working years and is unable to work again? What if one of us needs long term care in retirement? Those worries, those nagging thoughts,…

What Motherly Advice Did You Receive About Money?

motherly advice

In the month of Mother’s Day, it is appropriate to think about and appreciate mothers as well as other women who play important roles in our lives. Women we admire have had an impact on us in many ways. I was in a women’s group discussion the other day and they were sharing money memories….

What Does Your Financial Health Depend on?

Financial Health

When articles or discussions center around the question, “do you know your number?”, it is usually referring to your retirement nest egg value. Specifically, how much do you need to have stashed away before you can retire and not have to worry about running out of money? I feel like a politician when I answer,…