October 30, 2019

Women outlive men, make less during their careers and have less in savings due to pay discrepancies and time taken out of the workforce to raise their families. 

These are just a few reasons why it is important for you to know the following about estate planning:

Minor c...

September 17, 2019

Most of us who have a pet consider them to be a part of the family; unfortunately, the plans we may have so carefully put together to protect our loved ones do not take our pets into consideration.

According to the ASPCA, only about 17% of dog and cat owners have taken...

June 16, 2019

It’s graduation season.  High school and college students everywhere are entering very exciting new chapters in their lives.  The last thing any of them should be thinking about is estate planning.  But as a parent, you should be thinking about this for them.  With all...

June 2, 2019

Balancing the needs of a multi-generational blended family with your own wishes can be a complicated task, especially when it comes to estate planning. With a majority of Americans not only marrying once, but twice (or more) during their lives, it is a challenge that w...

April 20, 2019

Sadly, the poverty rate among seniors is rising, prompting the question of whether or not it is possible to inherit debt. 

In general, when a loved one passes, his or her debts fall to the estate to be paid.  However, in situations where debt is shared -- for examp...

March 6, 2019

A Wisconsin woman, whose story was widely reported in media nationwide, has died. Heather McManamy, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, was told her condition was terminal in 2014.


She began reflecting on what the future lives of her friends and family would be like...

February 10, 2019


Estate planning is an ongoing process, and plans should be reviewed with a qualified estate planning attorney every few years to ensure that the goals you set in making your plan are still valid.
When reviewing your estate plan, keep these things in mind:


1. Your esta...

January 13, 2019

You have likely heard over and over that there are many advantages to creating a comprehensive estate plan. One of the most important benefits for many individuals is that it allows you to help prevent disputes among your loved ones after you are gone. Below are a few...

December 29, 2018

It’s a new year, which means a new chance to do what you’ve been putting off until the time is right. That time is now. Here are 5 of the most loving things you can do for the people you care about in the New Year because at some point you may not be here to protect th...

December 17, 2018

Welcome back to the fourth and final article in our series on How to Raise Responsible Kids. You can read part 1, where we defined what responsibility means, and part 2, where we shared the first step to raising kids who are responsible with money, and part 3 where we...

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