Avoid Disaster: Update Your Estate Planning Documents in Light of New SECURE Act Provision

Q. I completed my estate planning with your firm five years ago and elected to have my retirement plans pass into a “conduit trust” or “pass-through trust” for the benefit of my daughter, Hannah. My understanding was that the … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: IRAs and Taxes in 2020

Dear Ernie and Jannette, As part of my retirement portfolio, I have IRAs. I'd like to make the most of these accounts and save money on my taxes both now and in the future. Do you have any tips that could help? Thanks! Ira … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Are NORCs the Future of Successful Aging?

Dear Magic, I saw in our community newsletter that our neighborhood is considering becoming a NORC. We have a large population of seniors and various resources to help with transportation, meals, home care and more. What is … [Read more...]

SECURE Act is Signed into Law: Five Ways it will Change Retirement

Q. I heard that the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was recently signed into law and that it includes taxpayer-friendly measures designed to boost retirement savings. What are some of the ways … [Read more...]

Elder Index Measures the True Cost of Retirement

Q. My husband and I plan to retire in the next 5-10 years. We’ve been saving, but we’re not sure we have enough to retire comfortably. Is there any one place to look at all of the costs of retirement to figure out how much we will … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Caregivers and Planning for Retirement

Dear Bebe, I stopped working full time when I was 45 to begin caregiving for my mother and it's been fifteen years now. I have worked part time jobs here and there, but I have nothing that’s going to provide me any type of … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Retirement Expenses You May Not Think About

Dear Angel, My husband and I are planning for retirement and trying to figure out our expenses. We have considered fun expenses, such as travel and hobbies and many not-so-fun expenses, including health care, day-to-day bills, … [Read more...]

When Your Aging Parent Is Running Out of Money

Q. My mother, Rosie, is 97 years old. She is still mentally sharp and she pays her bills on time. She does need some help physically, ever since she broke her hip from a fall a few years ago. Besides the broken hip, she has … [Read more...]

What Does the Future of Retirement Look Like?

Charles and Laura, both 67, recently retired and decided to relocate from Northern Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley. They enjoy the slower pace, quieter neighborhoods, and natural beauty of the serene mountains. Their monthly … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Does the Tax Act Change Things for Seniors?

Dear Magic, I am working on my 2018 taxes now. I understand that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is in effect for this year's taxes. How does this tax reform affect U.S. citizens ages 65 and older? Any financial credits still available … [Read more...]