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April 23, 2010
What keeps a new mom up at night besides the baby? - The birth of a new baby is a wondrous, joyous event. Henry David Thoreau said that, "every child begins the world again." Your world certainly began anew with your new baby. It was a long path and it all seemed to happen so fast. But it seems like there are still so many decisions to be made now and as your baby grows from infant to toddler, to s... Full Story

April 9, 2010
Planning after a breakup - Nobody plans to break up. When a couple marries, they dream of their lives together and the special times which they will share. They think of the shared holidays and the family which will grow from their love. Their lives become intertwined emotionally, financially and legally. But, as often attributed to John Steinbeck, and as adapted from Rober... Full Story

March 19, 2010
Pet planning is not just for the rich, eccentric - When people think of someone setting up a trust for their pet, they might imagine Leona Helmsley's pet Maltese named Trouble drinking Perrier from a crystal bowl in a lavish Manhattan penthouse. While Helmsley left $12 million to her pet dog, this was not her only bizarre moment. The "Queen of Mean" was known to have many eccentricities. However, ... Full Story

February 19, 2010
When a loved one dies - Change can be very difficult at times. A death in the family can be especially traumatic. It may feel as though the world should stop to mourn your loss, but it does not. The world still turns, day still follows night, buses and subways still run. Yet, for the family who has experienced the loss, the world may have been turned upside down. Just wh... Full Story

February 20, 2009
Preparing for the unthinkable - By Robert Kulas Financial columnist Nobody thinks they will be in an auto accident, have a heart attack, have a stroke, or a myriad of other unexpected, sudden incidents. Those are events that happen to other, unfortunate people - not to us. Yet, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, auto accidents injure over 2.5 mil... Full Story

December 19, 2008
Charitable giving and the holiday spirit - It was four days before Christmas and Marianne was completing her last minute shopping. As she pulled her car into the mall parking lot, she quickly ran a list through her head: video game for grandson, photo frame for Aunt Sue, crystal vase for daughter-in-law. Upon opening the door to her favorite department store, her eyes fell on a beautiful ... Full Story

November 23, 2007
Are You Competent to Do Estate Planning? - Americans today are living longer and longer. However, this can be a double-edged sword. An increasing number of Americans are living long enough to suffer from mental incapacity. Over four million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease alone. In fact, according to the National Institute on Aging, half of those over age 85 have Alzheimer's di... Full Story

November 16, 2007
To my dog, Lucky, I leave $10,000 - Since the dawn of time, pets have held an important place in our hearts and our homes. Ancient Egyptians used to mummify faithful pets and have them buried with themselves. This was a dubious honor for the pet. Even in modern America, people have attempted to take their pets with them. For example, Mary Murphy died in 1979, leaving $200,000 to Pe... Full Story

November 2, 2007
What's The Worst That Can Happen? - Often, people procrastinate with estate planning. We think, "What's the worst that can happen?" We think it will not really affect us, only what happens to our money after we've passed. Unfortunately, that's not true. Of course, it will affect our money, causing delays, expenses, and potential infighting. However, the lack of planning can also af... Full Story

October 19, 2007
Three myths women have about estate planning - In this modern era, traditional gender roles are fading fast. Although the days of Donna Reed and June Cleaver are long gone, gender still makes a difference. One of these ways is estate planning. Why? Women continue to live longer than men do. In fact, according to www.MsMoney.com, 75 percent of women will become widows at some point in their lif... Full Story

October 12, 2007
Do you know who your beneficiaries are? - Who will get your assets at your death? Do you think you know? You may not. While you probably know who is listed in your will or trust, most of us have significant value in assets that are not controlled by either a will or trust. Examples of assets not governed by your will or trust are: .Property held in joint tenancy with right of survivorship... Full Story

October 5, 2007
Decisions, decisions, decisions . - When asked how people want their assets divided after they are gone, some people have definite opinions, while others are less certain. Not only do people differ in the level of their uncertainty concerning how to divvy up their assets, they even differ in what factors are important in making the decision. In June 2007, Money magazine released a r... Full Story

September 28, 2007
Waiting to Roth: Hidden loophole for high-income earners - IRAs, 401(k) plans, and other retirement plans are an increasing share of the assets of a typical American. With traditional IRAs and 401(k)s, you make pre-tax contributions and the earnings are tax-deferred. Withdrawals are taxable and must be made beginning age 70. In addition, with a few exceptions, withdrawals prior to age 59 are subject to p... Full Story

September 21, 2007
Protect your children now and in the future - Your children have always meant the world to you. You've done everything within your power to meet all their needs and ward off dangers. You've always kept a watchful eye out for them, whether it's when they were swimming in the ocean or wandering too close to the edge of the Grand Canyon. You've met their needs, from putting food on the table to ... Full Story

September 14, 2007
Putting your legal life back together after divorce - On your wedding day, everything seems like a dream. You have planned for it. You imagine the life you'll build with your new spouse. You are filled with hope and expectation. Perhaps you even imagine growing old together and celebrating your golden anniversary surrounded by your children and grandchildren. However, nearly half of American marriage... Full Story

August 31, 2007
Your 401(K) or IRA: A Problem Asset? - From the time we've entered the workforce, we've learned how important it is to save for retirement. In fact, if we put $1,000 away for someone graduating from college today, it would be worth over $72,000 by the time they start collecting social security. (This assumes graduation at age 22, social security at age 67, and a 10% rate of return.) A... Full Story

August 24, 2007
Making your most important choice for the future - When people think about estate planning, they typically think of who will get their possessions. Upon further thought, they recognize that the most important decisions they make will be the identity of trusted decision makers like guardians, executors, trustees, and agents. If the individual has a will, an executor or personal representative is na... Full Story

August 17, 2007
To Roth or not to Roth, that is the question - Shakespeare may have asked "to be or not to be" in Hamlet, 3:1, but today, the more pertinent question is "to Roth or not to Roth." Back in 1997, Congress enacted what became known as the "Roth IRA" after its main supporter, the late Senator William Roth. With an ordinary IRA, you make tax-deductible contributions to your retirement account. The e... Full Story

August 10, 2007
To Roth or not to Roth, that is the question - Shakespeare may have asked "to be or not to be" in Hamlet, 3:1, but today, the more pertinent question is "to Roth or not to Roth." Back in 1997, Congress enacted what became known as the "Roth IRA" after its main supporter, the late Senator William Roth. With an ordinary IRA, you make tax-deductible contributions to your retirement account. The e... Full Story

July 27, 2007
Protecting your children from their nightmares and yours - You tuck your children into bed and kiss them goodnight. In the doorway, you watch them peacefully drift off to sleep. They are so innocent, so na´ve. After your long day, you fall into bed and dream of the day your children will be grown. You dream you are walking your daughter down the aisle at her wedding, beaming with pride. Your dream starts... Full Story

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