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Category Archives: Estate Planning

Working with the Experts: Dos and Don’ts

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Whether you are in need of a new mechanic, dentist, or hairdresser, your main priority is to find someone you can trust to meet your needs reasonably. The same holds true for seeking financial experts like a tax advisor, estate planning attorney, or financial advisor. So whether you have moved, life has changed, or you…

What’s a Girl to Do? Financial Planning Considerations for Single Women

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The Numbers Life is full of surprises, changes, and adventures we often never dreamed would happen. These events are not always happy times but become part of the facts of our lives regardless. As women, for various reasons (death, divorce, choice) that often means we are eventually alone without a spouse. The US Census Bureau…

Is it Time to Declutter Your Finances?

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Keep it Simple You may have heard the acronym K.I.S.S. which stands for Keep It Super Simple (or is it Keep It Simple Stupid?). Simplifying, decluttering, downsizing, uncomplicating (is that a word !?!) are all referring to great advice, in my opinion, to clarify the situation and make life less complicated, less overwhelming and often…

10 Things to Consider if You Need a Revocable Trust

Revocable Trust

In October, National Estate Planning Awareness Month, I spoke with an estate planning attorney, Amanda Pyper Ruiz at Same Day Wills, who shared some great tips and things to think about when considering the will vs trust question or updating a trust. With her permission, I am including her helpful information below.  You may find…

Is Your “Who Get’s What” In Writing?

Who gets what

Have you ever had a goal you couldn’t seem to get accomplished but then when there was a special event added to the calendar, it somehow got done? Losing weight before a wedding, completing a home project before company comes to stay, or finishing a gift before the birthday/holiday, for example? There is something about…

The Month to Focus on Your Estate Planning

Estate planning awareness month

Common Beliefs Have you ever found yourself or heard someone else saying: “I’m too young to do estate planning.” “All my property is titled in joint tenancy with my spouse so I don’t need any estate planning documents.” “Estate planning is only for the super-rich.” “Estate planning is too complicated and expensive.” “We did our…

The Financial Side of Caregiving

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Rosalynn Carter said it first and I think said it best: “There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” Which category do you or perhaps will you be likely to fall into?…

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…

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…

Can You Relate to These Common Estate Planning Mistakes?

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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….