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Investments & Insurance

Funding Long-Term Care Insurance with a 1035 Exchange

by Mike Westling August 19, 2013 Guest Articles

Many people assume they cannot afford long-term care insurance to protect themselves and their families from the financial, emotional and physical sacrifices needed to provide long-term care for a loved one. However, long-term care premiums […]

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Avoiding Power of Attorney Abuse

by Maggie Green July 26, 2013 Incapacity Planning

In a previous post I spelled out the basics of the changes made to Minnesota’s Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney that will take effect January 1, 2014. As I mentioned, many of these changes […]

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Summary of changes to the MN Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney

by Maggie Green June 19, 2013 Estate Planning 101

Minnesota’s legislators have been busy working up new and exciting changes to Minnesota’s estate planning landscape. Perhaps less controversial and less exciting, (and, some would argue, more concrete) than the new Minnesota Gift Tax, this […]

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Will my heirs get everything?

by Mathew Coyle June 11, 2013 Estate Planning 101

Aside from taxes, the topic that can typically cause the most confusion is the issue of which assets will pass to your loved ones tax free – and which are subject to estate taxation. Knowing […]

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Assets that Affect Financial Aid

by Melissa Gotfredson May 6, 2013 Estate Planning 101

If you are a parent of a high school student who will be going off to college soon, or you are starting college yourself, there’s a good chance you’re thinking about applying for financial aid. […]

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Taking the “Maybe’s” and “What If’s” out of life insurance planning…

by Bob Cohen March 25, 2013 Guest Articles

Did you know that well over half (up to 80% according to some sources) of all life insurance policies issued, lapse prior to the insured’s death?  Most policies are designed, purchased, placed and funded with […]

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What To Do & Ask When Seeking A Professional Advisor

by Jennifer Santini March 19, 2013 Estate Planning 101

Anytime you are looking to hire a professional advisor (which for purposes of this article shall include, but is not limited to, a financial advisor, attorney, insurance agent, banker and/or accountant), you should do some […]

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Understanding Loans and Credit

by Jayne Sykora March 5, 2013 Investments & Insurance

Today we have added a new resource to Epilawg’s Resources page: Understanding Loans and Credit at Every Stage of Life. This resource is a comprehensive guide that covers loan options and financial education at different […]

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Backdoor Roth IRAs

by Jonathan Scharlau February 20, 2013 Guest Articles

Although you may earn too much to contribute to a Roth IRA, there is no income restriction to convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. What is a Backdoor Roth IRA? The Backdoor Roth […]

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Rabbi Trusts: Not Just For Rabbis

by Melissa Gotfredson February 8, 2013 Guest Articles

A rabbi trust is a type of non-qualified deferred compensation plan set up by an employer for the benefit of an employee.  Rabbi trusts get their name from a 1980 IRS private letter ruling that […]

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Now That The Fiscal Cliff Was Avoided – How Does It Impact You?

by Chris Revak January 10, 2013 Estate Planning 101

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 does the following: Tax Rates – For most individuals it extends the lower federal income tax rates that have existed for the last ten years.  However, if you make […]

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