Top 17 Articles of 2017

From the passing of the RAISE Family Caregivers Act to offer much-needed support to caregivers, to Trump’s tax overhaul, we covered a lot of ground in 2017. It was a year that included a massive data breach, the ACA almost being … [Read more...]

What Happens to Debt When We Die?

Q. I was having a conversation with my father at Thanksgiving dinner this year about debt. I am middle-aged, and am in a long-term relationship, but have never been married. I currently have a lot of debt, including student loans … [Read more...]

10 Biggest Estate Planning Blunders of Celebrities – Don’t Make These Mistakes!

Q. I have been reading your newsletter for several years now. I remember, in the past, you did a series on celebrity estate planning mistakes and lessons that can be learned from them. I found it to be very helpful and interesting … [Read more...]

Planning Ahead for Grandchildren

Q. Two years ago, our daughter Meredith got married. Today, she called to tell us that she is expecting twins! My husband and I are overjoyed, as they will be our first grandchildren. We want to make sure we include them in our … [Read more...]

What’s in Your Estate Plan, Mom and Dad?

Q. Our daughter, Melanie, recently came to visit us. She told us that she and her husband will be meeting with your firm to do their estate planning and incapacity planning. Then, she inquired about what we put in our estate plan. … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Keeping Emotions Out of the Estate Planning Conversation

Dear Ribbit, I understand that discussing estate planning with adult children can be an emotionally charged conversation. However, I know it’s a critical topic to address with family members. In my situation, my daughter is … [Read more...]

Her Parents Were Kidnapped by a Professional Guardian

Rudy North was an avid reader, who had a sharp mind and liked to write down quotes from his favorite books. Rennie, his wife of fifty-seven years, was recovering from lymphoma and suffered from neuropathy so severe that her legs … [Read more...]

When Your Adult Child Is a Financial Train Wreck

Q1. My husband and I are parents of three. Our older daughter, Amanda, who lives close by with her family, has a stable job, and is fiscally responsible. Our son, Joseph, is almost done with medical school, and … [Read more...]

TED Talks: New Ways to Think About Death

Most people don't like to think about dying. We’d rather focus our energy on the people and the things we love, happy times, and things that bring us joy. But, as we all know, death is inevitable, and shouldn’t be ignored. Despite … [Read more...]

How to Downsize the Right Way

Q. My husband and I became empty-nesters when our son and daughter moved out and started families of their own. We will be selling our home and moving to a condominium in a senior living community in a couple of months. I admit … [Read more...]