How the Affordable Care Act Drove Down Personal Bankruptcy

December 11, 2017

Expanded health insurance helped cut the number of filings by half. Filings have dropped about 50 percent, from 1,536,799 in 2010 to 770,846 in 2016. Those years also represent the time frame when the ACA took effect. Although courts never ask people to declare why they’re filing, many bankruptcy and legal experts agree that medical bills had been a leading cause of personal bankruptcy before public healthcare coverage expanded under the ACA. Unlike other causes of debt, medical bills are often unexpected, involuntary, and large.

Who Gets Custody of Children If Both Parents Die?

December 04, 2017

As a parent, you have vowed to take care of your children until they have reached adulthood and sometimes beyond. Part of this includes planning for if the unthinkable happens, and you are no longer alive to fulfill this vow. A legal guardian will take over your duties if you and the other parent die before the child turns 18. Who takes over this duty depends on whether a will has been written before death.

Don't Make The Estate Planning Mistake This Financial Planner Almost Did

November 19, 2017

When my kids were little—ages 2 and 4—I left my husband. As most divorcing couples do, we divided up our assets. Since our individual IRAs held similar amounts, I kept mine and he kept his. At that time, I listed my father as the beneficiary so he could take care of things, since my children were minors. Then I forgot about it.

Don't Hold Out for that Inheritance From Your Rich Grandpa

November 15, 2017

Surprise! Leaving behind a pile of cash for heirs isn't a top priority for most baby boomers.

Texting One’s Last Will and Testament

November 08, 2017

A gentleman there initiated a text on his mobile phone regarding the disbursement of his assets. The man subsequently died and left all his worldly possessions to his brother and nephew and nothing to his wife. The text also noted where he wanted his ashes to be spread and said he left cash behind the television.

Estate Planning for Blended Families

November 03, 2017

Estate planning has undergone a lot of changes over the years, and one of the most significant doesn’t have anything to do with the tax laws. It is the change in family relationships. 

More Than Half Of U.S. Adults Don’t Have A Will, New Survey Reveals

October 30, 2019

No one really wants to think about planning for their death, but I can make it less painful by meeting you at your home or office when it's convenient for you.

For Parents With Troubled Adult Children, Financial Hurdles Abound

October 25, 2019

If you die without an estate plan, your heirs will ultimately get your assets (after an extended delay and unnecessary costs). But you might not want them to get it right away. Wouldn't you rather decide when and what they get?

3 Reasons You'll Still Need Estate Planning Even if the Death Tax Disappears

October 21, 2019

Passage of tax reform, including an estate tax repeal, doesn’t mean you don’t need an estate plan.

Married Couples Need Powers of Attorney, Too

October 16, 2019

Think you don't need an estate plan because you're married and your spouse will get everything? Or because you're single and don't have many assets? Okay. What happens if you get sick and can't make financial or medical decisions? Powers of attorney for financial management and advanced directives are part of any comprehensive estate plan.

Prince's Heirs Face a Monumental Challenge

October 15, 2017

You might not have a $300 million estate, but your family might run into similar problems if you don’t do proper estate planning.

Biggest Estate Planning Mistake People Make

October 14, 2017

If you are like most people, when you hear the words “estate planning,” you probably think of writing a will, to explain who will get what you own when you die. The problem is, a will has little or nothing to do with you. It’s all about planning for someone else.

How to Plan for the Unforseen

October 14, 2017

Planning for the unforeseen. The article also mentions services that hold all of your critical information (wills, insurance, passwords for email and social media accounts, etc.) digitally for easier access by your loved ones to follow your directives.

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