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As Estate Planning Awareness Week comes to a close, we would like to show how proactively working with estate planning professionals can be beneficial to the elderly community. A common response from clients is that they want to be in control, and as you age various factors can threaten that ability. However, our planning focuses on this issue and our process can help you remain in control as you transition throughout the various stages of your life.  For those of you who are...

As you prepare for retirement, or if you are already retired, working with estate planning professionals can be incredibly beneficial and can help you avoid potentially costly mistakes.  Professionals can ensure various considerations and protections are in place. Your plan should be personalized to you for it work the most efficiently. This can include having a revocable trust with a tailored definition and determination of disability to you to keep you in control. It can also include ensuring your beneficiaries inherit...

As we have been emphasizing for Estate Planning Awareness Week, estate plans can benefit everyone. For adults who either are just starting their professional career to those who haven’t yet reached retirement, having a plan in place can offer various protections and can help give you peace of mind. For those just starting to build their nest eggs, a plan can still provide crucial elements, even if you think you don’t have “enough” assets to plan for yet. For instance, having...

This year for Estate Planning Awareness Week we are looking at how creating an estate plan that works can be beneficial to you no matter what stage of life you are in. It is a common misconception that you don’t need a plan until you are in retirement, or after, but there are advantages for all ages, including young adults as well. For those of you, or your children, who recently turned eighteen, an entire estate plan may not be necessary,...

October 18th through October 24th is Estate Planning Awareness Week. The aim of this week is to show the importance of estate planning and how it can benefit you. According to the annual caring.com survey[1], younger adults in the 18-34 age range are now more likely than those 35-54 years old to have an estate plan in place.  However, it remains that only 1 out of every 3 individuals have a will or some kind of plan in place offering...

www.keeping control-book.com There are many reasons to read a book; to learn something new, for relaxation, or to be entertained by a good story. In our house, reading has become a family activity with nighttime stories and multiple trips to bookstores to purchase every book in the series. Even requiring me to build more bookshelves! It’s easy to explain why we read books, but what about writing a book? Earlier this year I decided to write a book to help encourage...

June is popular for weddings, which is appropriate as the month is named after Juno, the goddess of marriage, family, and home. And, with all that goes into planning a wedding it’s not surprising a topic like estate planning isn’t high on the list for the soon-to-be newlyweds. But it is something that should be considered when entering a marriage, especially if it is a second marriage and you’re blending families. One of the first things you may do is set...

Whether you get together with your dad in person, virtually, or catch up with him over the phone, part of your conversation can be centered around making sure he is protected.Checking on whether dad has an estate plan or if his estate plan is current is an easy way to start the process of making sure he will be safeguarded in the future. An estate plan goes beyond beneficiary designations and inheritances, and it’s important to make sure your father...

Happy Mother’s Day! Throughout our lives we may look to our moms as caregivers and support systems, someone we can turn to even when we ourselves are adults. But who takes care of mom when she can no longer care for herself?  Making sure we and our loved ones have a plan in place before something happens is critical. That way the people who are going to step in on mom’s behalf are already named and can more easily transition into control....

April 16th is designated as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) to highlight the importance of advanced health care decision making. Making healthcare decisions *before* an actual medical emergency is critical. It means those taking care of you – both your loved ones and medical professionals – can make informed decisions about your care, following your guidance and wishes along the way. We have been supporting our clients’ healthcare wishes for more than ten years by providing comprehensive estate plans that include...