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As we focus on what we are grateful this time of year, we often look to cherished traditions and memories with loved ones – cooking holiday dinners, volunteering at charities together, and in general spending time together.  It is instances like these, among others, we can preserve and pass on to our loved ones along with our financial wealth. Did you know that you can include in your estate plan, stories and experiences or guideline and “guidelights”? What is referred to...

We'd like to end this week by discussing some of the common reasons individuals have not created a plan. "I don't have the time." We commonly hear this in our office. Individuals are interested in estate planning or it is something they have been trying to get to for a while but keep putting off as other things come up. Unfortunately, however, it is something you can only put off for so long. Our lives can, and do, change rapidly.  Having an estate...

Proper funding is an essential step in the estate planning process. Funding is designating beneficiaries on your accounts and policies, as well as transferring assets into the name of your trust.  Making sure you have your funding complete means your estate plan will work how you intend it to.  Naming beneficiaries on your account can help ensure who receives your assets. If you have no listed beneficiary, then the state controls who gains possession of your assets. For some, this would be...

If you read our last post on the different things that can go into an estate plan, you may have thought to yourself, “I had a basic will and powers of attorney drawn up years ago, I’m all covered” and went about your day. But, if that is the case, ask yourself has anything changed in your life since you have made your plan? A follow up question is, will the plan still work?  For your estate plan to work properly it...

The third week of October has been designated by Congress as National Estate Planning Awareness Week. The goal for this week is to highlight the importance of estate planning and how planning can benefit you.  The Resolution by Congress noted "the implementation of an estate plan starts with sound education and planning," and then the drafting of legal documents.  Our office couldn't agree more, and we are dedicating this week to articles, quick posts to think about, and a webinar on our...

Schools across the United States are preparing plans on the safest ways to welcome back students for the 2020-21 year. Elementary through High Schools are figuring out whether remote, in-person, or some hybrid makes the most sense for their districts. Meanwhile, some universities have begun to permit their students to move back to campus and for parents all around this can be a nerve-wracking time. Under “normal” circumstances for those of you who are parents of college students, you would likely...

With everyone spending significantly more time at home, many people have taken time to work on projects they had previously put off, learn new skills, and organize their living spaces. But, while cleaning your basement, learning how to give your dog a trim, or remodeling a room in your house are all beneficial, there are certain projects you should think twice before you try to "Do It Yourself." An estate plan you can try to create for yourself but it may...

We hope you are all staying safe in these challenging times. We want to assure you that we are open, working remotely, and can help. We believe estate planning involves more than choosing who inherits under your will or trust.  With a proactive and comprehensive plan, you are able to take advantage of protections you may not have otherwise thought or knew about.  During the ongoing health care crisis, you should have the following documents to help you and your loved...

Leap years occur almost every 4 years, so our calendars remain in sync with astronomical time. It takes the Earth 365.242 days to rotate around the sun and without leap years we would lose an average of 6 hours each year.[1] So, the extra day exists to keep our seasons aligned, but it can also be beneficial for you in other ways as well. The extra day can be time you spend catching up with loved ones you haven’t seen in a while. It can be...

Many people wait until February to start their “new year’s” resolutions and use January to develop a concrete plan instead. This includes gathering information and resources ahead of time, breaking up larger goals into smaller achievements, and mapping out different ways for everything to work together. Forming a plan for your goals can help you stick with them and with 80% of people stopping their resolutions by February, getting organized and ready may just lead to a greater likelihood of success.[i] One major goal you could work towards...