What to Know When Receiving an Inheritance

unsplash-giftdIf you’re the beneficiary of a large inheritance, you may find yourself suddenly wealthy. Even if you expected the inheritance, you may be surprised by the size of the bequest or the diverse assets you’ve inherited. You’ll need to evaluate your new financial position, learn to manage your sizable assets, and consider the tax consequences of your inheritance, among other issues. Continue reading

Who Benefits From a Revocable Trust?

unsplash-friends5A revocable living trust can be a useful and practical estate planning tool for certain individuals. This type of trust is most commonly used to avoid probate because, unlike property that passes by will, trust assets are distributed directly to heirs. This type of trust is also used as a way to maintain management of one’s financial affairs during a period of incapacity because someone else can immediately take charge when needed. Continue reading

What You Need to Know About the New Tax Law

unsplash-governmentThe Tax Cuts and Jobs Act legislation was signed into law on December 22, 2017. The Act makes extensive changes that affect both individuals and businesses. Some key provisions of the Act are discussed below. Most provisions are effective for 2018. Many individual tax provisions sunset and revert to pre-existing law after 2025; the corporate tax rates provision is made permanent. Comparisons below are generally for 2018. Continue reading

Housing Options to Consider When Planning Retirement

unsplash-home4As you grow older, your housing needs may change. Maybe you’ll get tired of raking leaves from the lawn of the house you bought 30 years ago because you liked its huge, shady backyard. You might want to retire in sunny Florida or live close to your grandchildren in Illinois. Perhaps you will need to live in a nursing home or an assisted-living facility. Sometimes, after considering your options, you may even decide to stay where you are. Deciding where to live is never easy, but if you evaluate your options carefully, you’ll find it easier to live with your decision. Continue reading

7 Ways Grandparents Can Help Their Grandchildren Financially

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There is nothing like the love grandparents have for their grandchildren. Grandparents  love their grandchildren to the fullest, no matter what.

Because of this special relationship, Grandparents often think short term when gifting money to their grandchildren. Instead Grandparents need to plan ahead and be intentional as they strategize on helping their grandchildren financially throughout their whole life. Continue reading

What to Know About Getting Remarried

unsplash-bride groomIf you’re planning to remarry, you must decide how you and your fiance will combine your finances, and you’ll need to plan a financial strategy that considers the assets, liabilities, and financial responsibilities that each partner brings to the marriage. You’ll find that financial planning for marriage is more complicated than it was the first time you got married, because your life isn’t as simple now. Continue reading

What To Know If You Are An Executor Of An Estate

unsplash-lakeWhen people pass away, they usually leave behind money and other things of value (assets). In addition, they may have auto loans, mortgages, and other outstanding debts (liabilities). Together, the assets and liabilities left by a decedent are known as the estate. Settling an estate means that someone follows the legal and administrative procedures set up to pay the liabilities of the estate and distribute the remaining assets to the rightful beneficiaries. Continue reading