One of the most important lessons you can teach your kids is financial literacy - helping them understand not just the value of properly managing their money but also understanding your family's situation and the importance of wealth preservation. It is a gift you can give that lasts a lifetime. In today's generation, money is still not a typical dinner table discussion in many affluent and working-class families, but we think it should be. Read here to learn more.
With all of the media about "digital wills" and "online estate planning nowadays", it is really tempting to think that you can do your estate planning yourself, online, for a single reason - to reduce cost. Your reasons may be good but may not go well with your intentions towards your family as online estate planning can be a big trap and may leave your family and assets at risk - worse off than if you had done nothing at all. Read here to know why and how to do it the right way.
Right now, huge numbers of people, of various age groups, are facing the reality of mortality due to the global pandemic. Thinking about this situation that may affect us anytime, many of us are courageously taking this as an opportunity to learn what we need to do for the people we love and the assets we've worked hard for. Proper estate planning can keep our family out of court and conflict, and this article will show you the right tools to make sure everything is in place to do the right thin
Planning for natural disasters can be stressful and most of us are caught off guard and find ourselves completely unprepared when a natural disaster strikes. Yet, all do not have to be lost. Planning for the unknown can actually save you lots of money and more importantly, help protect your loved ones from harm or becoming traumatized by the ensuing chaos. Here are some simple tips that will help you prevent loss and get back on your feet should disaster strike.
An emergency can happen at any time and at any place, and the scene can be overwhelming, terrifying, and at least, confusing. When facing life-threatening emergencies, there isn’t much time to think. You must be prepared to act and act fast, which is why you should be prepared beforehand. Here is a basic summary of the most-recommended supplies to give you some idea of what items you should have ready to go in case you need to get out of your home within minutes.
Most people believe that having an estate plan simply means drafting a will or a trust. Both wills and trusts are estate planning documents that can be used to pass your wealth and property, however, there is much more to include in your estate plan to make certain your family members access or control your assets should you become unable to do so yourself, and that all of your assets are transferred seamlessly to your heirs upon your death. Here are a few reasons to consider adding a trust to y
Amid COVID-19, in addition to providing aid for individuals and businesses, the CARES Act increases accessibility to funds and loans from certain retirement plans and accounts. Despite the various new options available under the CARES Act, it is critically important that you carefully consider whether distributions should be taken from any accounts. The tax implications of these options vary, and they should be acted upon only after careful consideration base on your personal goals and capacity.
These past few months have been very challenging for all of us because of the COVID-19 pandemic that compels us to face our own fragility and mortality. Millions of people, of any age, healthy or with certain underlying medical conditions one day, got infected by the virus, confined in the hospital for several weeks, unable to pay their mortgage & bills, and unable to see their loved ones. Within our current reality, that "one day" has become an ever more real possibility.
Financial abuse of the elderly is on the rise and it is an unfortunate fact that predators emerge during times of upheaval to take advantage of people. That means the COVID-19 pandemic can leave your parents vulnerable in more ways than one. Even when things go back to normal, this chronic problem of financial exploitation will still be a risk so it is very important to take extra steps and educate your parents about the possible risks it may bring to their wealth and your future inheritance.
The last will and testament laws vary from state to state and so, the validity of your will depends on where you live when you die. Your will is a part of your legal documents, a baseline foundation of your estate plan that can ensure your wishes are respected by the people you love when you die. However, it may not be enough to protect your wishes as it does not keep your assets out of court and does not operate in the event of your incapacity. Moreover, it is useless if it is not legally valid