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Category Archives: Estate Planning

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….

Have You Told Your Assets Where to Go?

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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…

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…