Power of Attorney

Some people who thought they had covered all their bases and acted responsibly to care for loved ones in the event of a debilitating illness or incapacity are finding their plans un-done by strict banking policies. Bank of America recently updated their online security procedures, and no longer...

Alzheimers & Estate Planning

A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can be devastating for everyone involved, including the patient and all of their family members. Should you be facing this diagnosis, there are probably a million thoughts racing through your mind, from keeping your loved one safe to caring for them as the...

Beneficiary Designations

What is the quickest way to un-do an otherwise carefully planned estate? Open a bank account, brokerage or retirement account. Why? Because the beneficiary designations on these accounts override your will. Yes, it's true – the beneficiary designation is the estate planning trump card. And...

Make Sure Your Heirs Know…

The financial consequences of failing to keep your legal and financial documents in order can be significant. As pointed out in a recent Wall Street Journal article, state treasurers currently hold $32.9 billion in unclaimed bank accounts and other assets. Additionally, some of the country's...

Required Minimum Distributions

If you're turning 70½ this year, get ready to start taking those mandatory annual payouts (your "required minimum distributions" or RMD's) from your IRA accounts. Unfortunately, this is not something you can afford to put off. As SmartMoney points out in a recent article, the IRS wants you to...
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