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3 important questions when choosing a guardian for your child

Choosing a guardian for your child is difficult. The process is more than just a legal decision, it is full of emotion. It is often tempting to delay the conversation — especially when everyone is young and in good health. However, as noted in our last post, an estate plan is important for everyone, even young families. This decision is more than just a box to check off a to-do list, it is an important step towards ensuring the future well being of your family.

The importance of 'keeping it real' in estate planning

The major holiday gift giving period is largely over. Hopefully you got all that you hoped for. In some families, some fun may have been had by exchanging so-called white elephant gifts. What that means is that someone might have wound up with one of late Uncle Murd's special collectibles, like the "Oh, So Comfy" Dachshund plate.

Holiday family gatherings are great opportunities for discussing future plans

December offers many opportunities for family to gather and celebrate the holiday season. It's also a time when adult children, dispersed by life's demands, often return under the same roof as their aging parents. While it's still wise to avoid discussing politics and religion at the table, it can be the perfect time to bring up practical issues concerning plans for the future.

Wealth is not a requirement for asset protection

There are a few things required to justify creating an asset protection plan. Contrary to what most people think, being as rich as a Rockefeller is not one of them. More important is to appreciate that life is about more than the here and now. If you are married, with or without children, you can make creating an inheritable legacy through various legal tools part of a comprehensive estate plan. If you are single, a trust could help cover your financial needs in old age.

Estate plan options for handling personal collections

When you think of collectors the first thing that might come to mind is art. Stamps or coins might surface next, along with comic books, cars and baseball cards. But anything can be the object of personal passion. What qualifies can seem odd to others, but to the one doing the collecting, the process is one that feeds his or her joy.

Free Seminar: Plan To Protect Loved Ones and avoid bankruptcy should something happen to you

Do you ever think about what your legacy will be? Legacy is commonly defined as, "a gift by will, especially of money or other personal property." But legacy includes much more, such as the values you live by and that you want to convey to future generations.

'Month of Giving': Is it time to review philanthropy plans?

November is known as the month of giving. The reason for that is shrouded in history and tradition, but that does not diminish the fact. What makes this year different from years past, though, is that it is the first November since Congress enacted massive tax reforms.

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