Category Archives: Estate Planning

The Magic (Pass)words: It’s Not About Knowing, It’s About Doing

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Passwords Here, There and Everywhere! How many passwords do you have to keep track of? Have you ever counted them? I stopped counting after I hit 200 (but I have two businesses so hopefully it’s not that many for everyone). I know it’s all for our own safety and security of our personal information, but…

Four Things I Learned About the Word “Widow”

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I wish we had a different word to use here in the United States for our “status” after we lose a spouse other than the word “Widow.” It’s the only box you can check on forms you need to fill out afterwards at the bank, doctor’s office, dentist, etc. What I have learned in the…

It Happens to All of Us, But Most of Us Don’t Plan For It

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What are the odds of getting hit by a bus? 1 in 495,000. Not happening to me, right? But what are the odds that you’re going to die someday? Exactly. Yet only 40% of us put any documents in place about what we want to happen when we die. I always say this topic is…

Gathering Our Family Around Us

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“Just like we often have our family around us at the dinner table, Thanksgiving and other holidays, or in times of need, we also should think about having a financial family around us too.” Talking around the dinner table as a young girl is where I heard the story of my grandma Helen’s first husband….

Who Gets What When You’re Gone?

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The sooner you communicate your wishes, the less stress and potentially broken relationships there will be in the end. When one of my nieces was just a little thing, maybe 4 or 5 years old, she saw a spoon rack on her grandmother’s wall (my mother-in-law). It is one of those wooden shelves that hold…

Are You Expecting Your Man to Be Your Financial Plan?

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What does money mean to you? If you had to choose one word to describe what money means to you, what would that word be? Survival, security, love, power, independence, or something else? Whatever word you identified is the result of years of experiences, beginning in your childhood. These experiences have shaped your money personality…

Three Ways to Leave a Legacy, Not a Mess!

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When we hear the term “legacy” we often think of leaving millions of dollars to heirs, so most of us decide “well, that sure doesn’t apply to me!” and we stop thinking about it. However, the word legacy simply refers to passing something from one generation to the next, but it does not have to…

“To Each His Own”

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A Frustrating Requirement You Need to Understand We head to the pantry this month in our Financial Open House tour, and if you are like me, you have a place for everything. Your pantry is organized the way you like it therefore you don’t really think much about it until you need to go in…

What’s in a Name?

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Be sure yours is correct! Let’s talk about your name. You may love your name, or think it’s just okay, or wish you had a different name, and these days, you can legally change your name if you want. BUT that’s not really the name that we need to make sure we get correct. I…

I Wish I Would Have…

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Are you a list maker? Or do you use them to help you move forward and stay organized, even if you don’t really like making lists? One of the most common To-Dos on our “list” as we get older, whether it is written down or in our head, is the matter of taking action on…