Tag Archives: Estate Planning

The Terror of Inheriting a Mess Part 3: Your Scary Stories Continued

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After sharing Part 1 and Part 2 of the Inheriting a Mess and scary stories series, and since I keep receiving comments, emails, and shared stories from readers and other women I have talked with recently, I thought it only fitting to finish with one more blog on the scariest day of the year (Happy Halloween!). I hope that…

The Terror of Inheriting a Mess: Part 1

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What do you do when you inherit a mess? Where do you start? How do you move forward? Part of one woman’s solution, Heather Parker, was to become an estate planning attorney to help others avoid the same mess she experienced in her family. Most of us can’t choose that response but let’s take a…

Avoid These 3 Common Estate Planning Mistakes

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We humans have an understandable tendency to take action on things that are important to us in the moment. And until we have something happen in our lives that remind us that our risk of mortality is 100%, we often leave the “when I’m gone” wishes on the back burner. This is why 60% of…

10 Things to Consider if You Need a Revocable Trust

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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?

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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

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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…

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…

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…

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…