Estate Planning for Childless Couples

You may be under the impression that you do not need estate planning if you do not presently have any children or if your estate is relatively small. However, this can be a major mistake that can compromise your ability to pass on as many assets as possible to other beneficiaries including to charity. There… Read More »

Tips for Resolving Financial Problems in Stepfamilies

Blended families on their own have an opportunity to launch new traditions and relationships, but there are often pitfalls and challenges associated with finances. According to research conducted by the Stepfamily Foundation, approximately 1300 new stepfamilies come into existence every single day and at least 41% of individuals living in the United States have at… Read More »

Alan Thicke’s Estate Subject to Conflicts

The ‘Growing Pains’ star Alan Thicke passed away some time ago and although he took efforts to engage in the estate planning process, a conflict is occurring among family members. His living trust was created in 1988 to benefit his family. His wife, Tanya and he executed a prenuptial agreement in September 2004. The Thicke… Read More »

How Retirement Can Impact Your Health

Research has identified a broad range of different impacts that retirement can have on your overall being. It turns out that retirement can have both negative and positive impacts on your health, depending on the study. The National Bureau of Economic Research identified that complete retirement led to up to a 16% increase in daily… Read More »

Paperless Wills- Should You Use One?

It goes without saying that you should have a will in place to help authorize how you want your property to be distributed after you pass away. But new information shows that you may not need a paper hard copy in order to demonstrate that your will is valid. Some courts in Ohio have already… Read More »

Would You Benefit from Having a Pre-Planned Funeral?

A recent report conducted by the Consumer Federation of America and the Funeral Consumers’ Alliance, identified that median prices at chain funeral homes could be much higher than independently owned ones. Many individuals do not understand that part of the estate planning process may include pre-purchasing a coffin or a funeral service. This enables you… Read More »