Spooky or Reassuring? Posthumous Messages from Loved Ones

Image from express.co.uk Imagine you had a letter from someone who was likely to pass away – could you resist reading it?  Morgan received a letter from her cancer-stricken brother-in-law, Jack, to be opened after his … [Read more...]

Giving Money to Your Children (while you’re still alive)

Janet's granddaughter, Grace, recently got accepted to veterinary school. Janet is thrilled at this huge accomplishment, and would like to give Grace a gift of $40,000 ($10,000 a year), to help her pay for school, so she wouldn't … [Read more...]

Don’t Attempt this on Your Own

Q. My Aunt Linda is very stubborn. She has been divorced twice, has three kids, two step-children, and a grandchild on the way. She did her estate planning documents when she was married to her first husband, and insists on making … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Is Estate Planning Needed for Cohabitating Couples?

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I live with my boyfriend, Rich, in a house we own together. For a number of reasons, we have decided not to get married, but will continue to cohabitate for the foreseeable future. Why would people in … [Read more...]

“Life Reimagined”- Guidance for Retirement Planning

Are you at a point in your life where you’re asking, “What’s next?” You’ve finished one chapter and you have yet to write the next one, and this one involves an empty nest, no more commuting to the office,  lots more time for … [Read more...]

A Year Later: Robin Williams’ Family is Still at Odds

Robin Williams with his son, Zak, and his wife, Susan in 2012. Photo from New York Times Many wealthy people die having done inadequate estate planning, or none at all. This was not the case with late comedian Robin Williams, … [Read more...]

Please Don’t Leave that to Me!

Source: dalje.com Q. My aunt Bettina (Betty) has over 6,000 Barbie dolls, worth more than $150,000, that she mentioned she may leave to me when she does her estate planning. Although they are valuable, I am secretly hoping she … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: New IRA Rules Close the Loopholes

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I heard that there are some new rules that were proposed by President Obama that IRA owners should know before planning their estate or transferring money between IRAs. Do you know about them and, if so, … [Read more...]

Estate Planning for the Modern Family

Q. My family is not what many would consider "ordinary." I am divorced and have been remarried for five years. I have a 40-year-old stepdaughter, a 25-year-old daughter, and a 10-year-old grandson, all of whom reside with us. My … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: I Am Single With No Children. Why Should I Bother Planning?

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I am a free-spirited single person who has never been married or had any children. I don't even have brothers or sisters. Yesterday, my neighbor told me about her estate planning during our morning walk. … [Read more...]