Planning for Individuals and Couples Without Children

How to Tailor the Conversation to Their Goals Professionals often have a clear path to starting the estate planning discussion when their clients have children, as many estate planning discussions center around clients’ objectives for passing their wealth, properties, and legacy to the next generation. Because of this traditional emphasis on the next generation, individuals and couples without children can easily arrive at the conclusion…

Don’t Let Change Wreck Your Business: The Buy-Sell Agreement

Divorce – an unexpected death, disability, or retirement – an irreconcilable dispute. Any of these events may put your successful, stable business into a tailspin. Luckily, a buy-sell agreement can help you and your business be better prepared to handle these events. What is a Buy-Sell Agreement? A buy-sell agreement is a legally binding agreement between co-owners of a business that controls what happens if…

Estate Planning Projects to Tackle in the New Year

As the end of the year approaches and you begin to look back on 2018, what changes need to be reflected in your estate plan? Have you gotten married or divorced in the past year? Perhaps you’ve welcomed a new child or grandchild, or experienced a change in your health. So much can change in a year, and it’s important not to let too much…

5 Hidden Client Risks That Demand Your Immediate Attention

How to Steer Your Clients in the Right Direction Estate planning provides your clients with a wealth of opportunities to strategically grow their net worth while also planning for their families’ future comfort and security. Opportunity brings risk, but also the potential reward of deeper, longer-lasting client relationships. Educational Topics for Your Clients That Can Help Your Business What you don’t know can end up…

Three Legal Strategies When Facing a Major Health Event

What You and Your Family Need to Know Receiving a health diagnosis or learning that you need to undergo major surgery can cause substantial disruption in your day-to-day life. During this time, the last thing you may want to think about is estate planning. Although you may have many things going through your head at the moment, now is a crucial time to make sure…

Do your parents have an estate plan?

If you find yourself in the “sandwich generation” (someone who is caring for both your children as well as your parents simultaneously), you need to know whether or not your parents have put together an estate plan. While it is still your parent’s choice to make estate planning decisions, having a plan — no matter how late in life it is created — is an…

Your Fall “Legal Affairs” Checklist

With the fall season approaching, it’s an excellent time to review your affairs. Below is a checklist to ensure your planning meets your needs and is up-to-date: 1. When was your power of attorney last updated? A power of attorney is a valuable legal document, no matter what the circumstance. Not only is it flexible and can be prepared to meet your particular needs, but…

Back-To-School Preparation: Not Just About the School Supplies

Use This Time to Revisit The Parts of Your Estate Plan That Impact Your Children Most With all the considerations about your children’s wellbeing weighing on your mind from day to day, it can be easy to forget about some of the most important factors in keeping them well cared for and secure: naming a guardian in your estate plan. When was the last time…

How to Pick a Trustee, Executor, and Agent Under a Power of Attorney

While the term “fiduciary” is a legal term with a rich history, it generally means someone who is legally obligated to act in another person’s best interests. Trustees, executors, and agents are all examples of fiduciaries. When you pick trustees, executors, and agents in your estate plan, you’re picking one or more people to make decisions in your and your beneficiaries’ best interests and in…

Insights to Protect Your Business Owner Clients

Building a business is often an all-consuming quest. Your entrepreneurial clients have spent years, maybe decades, fighting past obstacles to make their dreams a reality. It’s easy for founders to find themselves so absorbed that they forget about the “outside” world. This short sightedness can harm their relationships and health, in the worst cases. It has other consequences, too. Founders often neglect to deal with…

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