Should I Pay Off my Mortgage Before I Retire?

July 11, 2017 9:26 am

Ideally everyone would reach retirement and not have an outstanding mortgage balance, but that is not always the case.  Some people choose to keep a mortgage for tax purposes, but often, due to any number of circumstances, retirement approaches and a mortgage balances still exist for many retirees.  The outstanding mortgage loan may be on […]

Prepaying Funeral Costs: Good or Bad Idea?

May 5, 2017 12:45 pm

I’ve been asked in the past for my opinion on prepaying for funeral expenses. First of all, this is not a fun topic for any of us to discuss. It is much more enjoyable to talk with clients about how they plan on travelling across the country in an RV, or how they will plan […]

If a Loved One Has Passed, Where Should You Begin?

April 3, 2017 12:22 pm

The passing of a loved one is one of the most challenging and emotional times that we endure. Not only are you trying to cope with the overwhelming grief that follows, but there are also time sensitive financial obligations that need to be addressed.  If your loved one created an asset inventory or “what if” […]

Financial Planning for Blended Families

February 21, 2017 10:13 am

blend·ed fam·i·ly noun NORTH AMERICA a family consisting of a couple and their children from this and all previous relationships.   The joining of two families can be an exciting time but also a time when you will be faced with many financial decisions.  There are many aspects of life to plan for, from living […]

Estate Planning Basics: The High Cost of Failure to Communicate

October 13, 2016 10:11 am

When I am discussing money with clients, the elephant in the room is “inheritance.” For the generation above, this means how much they want to leave to heirs and how they want the assets divided.  For the generation below this involves how much an inheritance could affect key choices they make about where they live, […]

Are you Reviewing Your Beneficiaries Frequently Enough?

May 16, 2016 10:21 am

This might seem like an easy question to answer but as our financial lives tend to be complex with many moving parts, remembering to update your beneficiaries when life events occur is sometimes not at the forefront of our minds.  Reviewing them at least once a year, if you have a change in marital status, […]

Inherited Accounts: Helping your Surviving Parent

September 3, 2015 12:01 pm

Your mom/dad is now ready to handle the finances after the death of their spouse; the assets have been properly inventoried, they have not made any large financial decisions, and it is now time to deal with the reality of their new financial future. They have called you to help them determine the best decisions […]

Who Needs an Estate Plan?

August 19, 2015 2:05 pm

I find that there is a common misconception that only individuals or families with a high net worth need an estate plan, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Simply stated, an estate plan is meant to leave instructions for how you want your personal and financial affairs to be handled when you die […]