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Investments & Insurance

What’s in a Name

by Bob Cohen February 5, 2016 Guest Articles

The life insurance industry has become increasingly complex. New and multiple policy types deliver both choice (a good thing) and complexity (not such a good thing) to your client’s decision-making. Policy names (Adjustable, Flexible and […]

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Using a Testamentary Letter to Explain Your Estate Plan

by Robert Lynn January 20, 2016 Beneficiary

Your estate plan likely includes formal documents (a will, perhaps one or more trusts) that direct transfers of your property when you die. But those documents won’t identify each and every item to be transferred. […]

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The Right Way to Inherit

by Manish Bhatia December 20, 2015 Estate Planning 101

While an inheritance is often considered a gift by the recipient, from a tax perspective, there optimal ways to inherit a retirement account. From the language used to designate the beneficiaries to important IRS-imposed deadlines, […]

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10 Things you must do before you die! (Not another bucket list article)

by Phillip Christenson November 4, 2015 Estate Planning 101

Bucket Lists have grown in popularity in the last few years. While it might seem important that you go skydiving, and swim with the dolphins before you die I would suggest taking a look at […]

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Donor Advised Funds go Mainstream

by Nick Scheibel October 22, 2015 Charity/Giving

In the four years since this site last addressed Donor Advised Funds, this tax planning tool has grown significantly in popularity. Between 2011 and 2013, total assets in Donor Advised Funds grew from $38 billion […]

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Carrier Errors: The Importance of Life Insurance Policy Review

by Bob Cohen July 23, 2015 Guest Articles

In a previous post, I discussed the importance of having a life insurance policy analysis done on a regular basis. I was recently reminded of the importance of policy reviews when I received correspondence from […]

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An Introduction to Trusteed IRAs

by Maggie Green June 8, 2015 Estate Planning 101

An individual retirement account (IRA) is typically established in one of two ways. As a custodial account, where the bank or financial institution is simply acting as a fiduciary and must follow the directions of […]

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What to do When You Get a Traffic Ticket

by James Gempeler January 5, 2015 Guest Articles

At some point in your life, you’re bound to get a traffic ticket – most likely a speeding ticket. If you are smart (and lucky) enough to avoid this, take a bow. But for the […]

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Don’t Delay! To-Do List for the End of the Year

by Jennifer Santini December 2, 2014 Estate Planning 101

It is hard to believe we are at that time of year again when a new year will be upon us in only a matter of days. The countdown is on – only 30 days […]

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Have you reported your offshore funds?

by Jennifer Santini September 17, 2014 Investments & Insurance

If you are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, or certain nonresident alien, you are required to report any foreign financial assets that meet the reporting threshold to the IRS. There are different filing requirements and […]

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Don’t Leave Your Money Behind

by Jennifer Santini March 13, 2014 Estate Planning 101

Recently, Joe Larson wrote about what to do when you’ve been terminated by your employer and what your rights are with respect to your personnel file. It raises a reminder that whether you have been […]

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