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A Powerful Exercise to Surface the Values You Want to Pass on to the Next Generation

Every one of us receives and passes on an inheritance. The inheritance may not be an accumulation of earthly possessions or acquired riches, but whether we realize it or not, our choices, words, actions, and values will impact someone and form the he…
Categories: Legacy of Values

‘Til Death Do Us Part, Too: Estate Planning Tips for Commitment Without Marriage

Advice columnist Ann Landers once observed that “love is friendship that has caught fire.” If that’s true, there are thousands of ways for that blaze to unfold. For many Americans, such devotion and passion do not need to be neatly formalized a…
Categories: Uncategorized

Wills Vs. Trusts: Take Control of Your Wealth Distribution

You work hard for your money and want to ensure that your wealth distribution goes according to your wishes upon death. Sadly, many people simply don’t understand the difference between wills and trusts and how they can affect inheritance. Don…
Categories: Uncategorized

Why a Trust Is the Best Option for Avoiding Probate

The purpose of probate is to transfer property ownership for all assets that were listed in your name when you passed away. A trust can bypass probate because your assets are transferred to the trust while you are still alive.
Categories: Uncategorized

Which Life Events Require an Immediate Estate Plan Update?

Estate planning is the process of developing a strategy for the care and management of your estate if you become incapacitated or upon your death. One commonly known purpose of estate planning is to minimize taxes and costs, including taxes imposed o…

Do It Now: Name a Guardian for Your Minor Child(ren)

We know it’s hard. Thinking about someone else raising your children stops us all in our tracks. It feels crushing and too horrific to consider. But you must. If you don’t, a stranger will determine who raises your children if something happens t…
Categories: Minor Children

5 Things Every New Mother and New Father Need to Know About Wills

As a new parent, you naturally want to ensure your new baby’s future in every way. For many new parents, infancy is a time for celebrating new life, and making a will is the last thing on their minds. For others, the process of bringing new life in…
Categories: Minor Children

Wills vs. Trusts: A Quick & Simple Reference Guide

Confused about the differences between wills and trusts? If so, you’re not alone. While it’s always wise to contact experts like us, it’s also important to understand the basics. Here’s a quick and simple reference guide: What Revocable Livin…
Categories: Trusts, Wills

Did You Include Your Grandkids in Your Will? 5 Tips to Avoid Common Problems

As we build wealth, we naturally desire to pass that financial stability to our offspring. With the grandkids, especially, we often share a special bond that makes us want to provide well for their future. However, that bond can actually turn into a…
Categories: Grandchildren

Your Cyber Legacy: 3 Tips for Your Digital Assets

There’s an entire category of commonly-overlooked legacy to consider—digital assets. Don’t worry if you didn’t consider these assets when made your will or trust it’s surprisingly common and, luckily, easy to correct. What are digital asset…
Categories: Digital Assets

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