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Prenuptial Agreements Help Protect Your Assets AND Your Marriage

Marriage is not just a mingling of hearts and households; it’s also a mingling of assets and property. This may not seem like a big deal if both partners are young and have little to their names yet, but if either partner (or both partners) is well established, with a...

Retirement Advice for EVERY Age

“Retirement”—It’s a word that goes hand-in-hand with “Baby Boomer” these days. After all, as has been pointed out over and over again, retirement is the issue of the hour as the first round of Baby Boomers hits that magic age. But what about the younger set? Is there...

Are Misconceptions Keeping You From Planning for Retirement?

Planning for retirement can be tricky business. When we discuss our clients’ estate plans and assets with them we can’t help touching on retirement plans, so we hear a lot about the worries that go along with preparing for an uncertain future. There are many variables...

Family and Future: The Keys to Top Notch Estate Planning

We write a lot on this blog about what estate planning is truly about: it’s about laws, taxes, assets, and documents of course; but deep down, estate planning is about relationships. As estate planners and advisors, an important part of what we do is creating the best...

“Nothing Says Romance More Than A Prenuptial Contract.”

You may have your doubts about the sentiment above (which is also the opening line of a recent article in the Wall Street Journal) but many couples are beginning to see the truth of this statement. Younger couples, older couples embarking on second marriages, and...

Take Care in Making Large Gifts to Heirs

Do you have a provision in your will or trust to pass your house on to your kids when you die? If so, you may want to consider giving the house to them now, before the end of the year. According to this article in the New York Times, doing so could be beneficial to...

Speculation About the Estate of Steve Jobs Continues

The public has been curious about the estate of Steve Jobs ever since he passed away in early October, but with his assets wisely protected with a trust, his family's privacy regarding the distribution of inheritance has remained intact. (Privacy is only one of the...

This Holiday Season an Estate Plan is the Perfect Gift

The holiday season is upon us, and as others rush about the malls and the internet looking for gifts, we can recommend a unique, useful and memorable gift that will be perfect for any loved one: An Estate Plan! Before you roll your eyes at the idea, consider this: An...

Senior Citizens to Receive a Raise

There is good news today for senior citizens! According to this article in CNN Money, “Social Security recipients will receive a cost of living adjustment of 3.6% starting in January.” This will be the first “raise” recipients have seen in three years, and most...

Death of Steve Jobs Saddens the World

The recent death of creative visionary and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs saddened the world. News of his death traveled like wildfire, and had the online social networks humming with tributes, memorial posts, and sentiments of grief. Mr. Jobs was very private about his...

IRS Announces Another Extension for Estate Tax Filing Deadline

Just a few weeks ago the IRS announced the November 15, 2011 estate tax filing deadline for large estates of decedents who passed away in 2010; but some executors might be relieved to know that the IRS recently extended the deadline to January 17, 2012. This extension...

How Does Your State Rank on the Long-Term Care Scorecard?

One of the primary concerns of the aging population is long-term care. As the life expectancy of Americans goes up so does the expectation that they will someday need some form of long-term care. You may not know whether that care will happen in a hospital, a nursing...

Are You Hurting Your Own Chances At Retirement?

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, many Baby Boomers are no longer worried about when they will be able to retire, but if they will be able to retire at all. In many cases the reason for this worry stems not so much from any kind of selfish...

Some Tax Saving Strategies from the Wall Street Journal

Income, estate, and other federal tax levies have commonly been a bone of contention between those with different political ideologies; but the current conflict has reached unusual heights, with various million- and billionaires publicly expressing their views (pro or...

The Best Laid (Estate) Plans…

A recent story in the Chicago Tribune will be of interest to anybody who has created, or is considering creating, an estate plan—regardless of state of residence. The article tells of Heather Rooney, the widow of wealthy businessman Thomas McNamee, and her ongoing...

Estate Planning Challenges (and Benefits) for Same-Sex Couples

There are many changes going on nation-wide for same-sex couples as more and more states legalize gay marriage. But there are still a few areas of the law—estate planning being one of them—which present challenges no matter what your state of residence. This article...

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