What to do When You Get a Traffic Ticket

James Gempeler / January 5, 2015
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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 rest of us, what to do next may be an unknown. So here is a quick article that can hopefully […]

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

Jennifer Santini / December 2, 2014
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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 until 2015. Here are a few reminders of things to do before we say goodbye to 2014. Take Your Required […]

Have you reported your offshore funds?

Jennifer Santini / September 17, 2014
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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 it just depends on the type of assets and the reporting thresholds to determine the filings an individual is required […]

Don’t Leave Your Money Behind

Jennifer Santini / March 13, 2014
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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 laid off, terminated or voluntarily opted to leave your job you shouldn’t forget about your 401(k) when you move on. […]

How should my Estate Planning Attorney & Financial Planner work together?

Phillip Christenson / January 6, 2014
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There are many parts to your financial life which may require you work with multiple professionals from different disciplines. Two of the most important professionals you should have on your team are a Financial Planner and an Estate Planning Attorney. Each of these professionals should have an understanding of what the other is doing. Some […]

New Tax & New Opportunities

Erik Doerr / January 2, 2014
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Well, it’s that time of the year again.  And by that I mean that its tax planning season! I don’t know about you, but I get pretty pumped about it. This year has been fun for our firm. The fun factor increase is mostly a result of our clients seeing stronger results in 2013 than […]

Beneficiary Designations and Estate Planning for Retirement Accounts

Maggie Green / October 7, 2013
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One of the most commonly overlooked items I see in client’s estate plans and during probate administrations is retirement accounts and their beneficiary designations. I think this has to do with the cumbersome nature of updating beneficiary designations.  You call the plan administrator or custodian who sends you paperwork with tiny print and all sorts […]

MNsure Enrollment Opens

Jennifer Santini / October 1, 2013
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The new insurance marketplaces, including MNsure, are set to open today for enrollment (although the latest news is that the exchange will not go live until later this afternoon). Coverage is set to begin on January 1, 2014. These new insurance marketplaces are the cornerstones of the Affordable Care Act. They are to provide a […]

Who Cares If Stretch IRAs Are Eliminated?

Chris Revak / August 29, 2013
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Only wealthy people benefit from the “loophole” anyways. Retirement plans were never intended to be an estate planning tool. It won’t impact me. I don’t care. These are some of the comments in the press right now regarding proposed legislation to end the ability of heirs to take inherited IRAs out over their life expectancies […]

Funding Long-Term Care Insurance with a 1035 Exchange

Mike Westling / August 19, 2013
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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 are a reasonably small expense when compared to paying for care out of pocket, as these costs can run as […]

Avoiding Power of Attorney Abuse

Maggie Green / July 26, 2013
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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 were made to address the potential for abuse. Indeed, a Power of Attorney document gives broad and sweeping powers to […]