Mar 23

How To Talk To Your Parents and Get Them To Stay Home

By Marjorie Desmond

There’s no doubt that your parents have survived frightening world events, whether that was World War II, the war in Vietnam, nuclear threat, illness, poverty, civil unrest, or all of the above. However, the use of the word “unprecedented” regarding what’s happening now is not an exaggeration. And they may not understand it all or […]

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Mar 02

CORONAVIRUS: Impact to Your Wealth, Health and Happiness

By Marjorie Desmond

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Feb 10

False Security: Is Your Will Legally Valid?

By Marjorie Desmond

A last will and testament can ensure your wishes are respected when you die. But if your will isn’t legally valid, those wishes might not actually be carried out, and instead the laws of “intestate succession” would apply, meaning that the state decides who gets your stuff, and it’s very likely not to be who […]

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Dec 23

Don’t Let Diminished Financial Capacity Put Your Elderly Loved Ones At Risk—Part 1

By Marjorie Desmond

With more and more Baby Boomers reaching retirement age each year, our country is undergoing an unprecedented demographic transformation that’s been dubbed “The Greying of America.” This population shift stands to affect many aspects of life, especially your relationships with aging parents and other senior family members.By 2060, the number of Americans aged 65 and […]

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Dec 09

5 Steps For Adding Digital Assets To Your Estate Plan

By Marjorie Desmond

Although digital technology has made many aspects of our lives much easier and more convenient, it has also created some unique challenges when it comes to estate planning. If you haven’t planned properly, for example, just locating and accessing all of your digital assets can be a major headache—or even impossible—for your loved ones following […]

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Nov 11

Buyer Beware: The Hidden Dangers of DIY Estate Planning—Part 1

By Marjorie Desmond

Do a Google search for “online estate planning documents,” and you’ll find dozens of different websites. From Legal Zoom® and Willing.com to Rocket Lawyer® and Willandtrust.com, these do-it-yourself (DIY) planning services might seem like an enticing bargain.The sites let you complete and print out just about any kind of planning document you can think of—wills, […]

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Nov 04

4 Year-End Tax-Saving Strategies for 2019

By Marjorie Desmond

As we head towards the end of the year, we’re fast approaching the deadline to implement your family’s tax strategies for 2019. The Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) completely overhauled the tax code, and if you’ve yet to take full advantage of the benefits offered by the new tax law, now is the time […]

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Oct 14

Understanding Your Life Insurance Settlement Options

By Marjorie Desmond

Following the death of the policy holder, the way in which proceeds from a life insurance policy are paid to the beneficiary (or beneficiaries) is known as the settlement option. And you might be surprised to learn that there are a variety of settlement options available besides the most common method—a lump-sum payout. Depending on the […]

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Sep 30

Is Platonic or Co-Parenting Right For You?

By Marjorie Desmond

With societal attitudes about love, marriage, and parenting constantly evolving, our perception of what constitutes “family” is becoming more and more flexible. As family structures become more varied, we’re learning that when it comes to raising children, the marital status, gender, and even relationship status of the parents matters less and less. What children need most […]

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