The Cost of Assessing Your Property
This week’s blog series has focused on real estate and how we as your estate planning attorneys can help you leverage and protect it. But we know that many homeowners right now aren’t concerned so much with protecting their property, but protecting themselves—from the effects of falling home prices. If […]
Real Estate Involves Real Risk
One of the many ways that wealthy families accumulate and keep wealth is through real estate. Despite the ups and downs of the real estate market, the value of real property continues to grow over the long term. Real estate is often considered a comparatively easy way to maintain and […]
Leverage Unproductive Real Estate
I personally love real estate investments. Real estate also plays an extremely large role in the estate planning process. As mentioned in previous posts, your home (or other real estate holdings) often forms the bulk of your assets, and figures largely in the creation of your family’s estate plan. But […]
Getting Married? Call Your Estate Planning Attorney!
Recently we have quite a few clients deciding to tie the knot. Do dating and estate planning go hand in hand? They do if you are one of the lucky people finding romance late in life. With people living longer than ever before—and staying healthy and active longer as well—there […]
Women and Retirement; Fear Becomes Action
On a scale of one to ten, how high would you rate your retirement angst? If you are a woman, you’re likely to rate your worry higher than men rate theirs, according to this new study by MIT AgeLab. This begs the question; are women just more inclined to worry, […]
Can Your Family Trust Your Retirement Plan?
When it comes to retirement plans there is no one-size-fits-all situation. And not all plans are created equal. A traditional family will need a different plan than a blended family with stepchildren; a divorced man will need to plan differently than one who has never been married. How can you know which plan […]
Is Paying Less Taxes Unpatriotic?
There are some people who might question the patriotism of those who would try to arrange their affairs to pay a lower amount of taxes. But how much truth is there in that? Is it unpatriotic to want to work within the limits of the law to reduce the amount of […]
Celebrity Divorce and Prenups
Celebrity divorces can hardly be considered news anymore, they happen so often, but the recently finalized divorce between Bill Murray and ex-wife Jennifer Butler Murray is news because of something they did before the wedding: They signed a prenuptial agreement. And it worked. At least it seems to have worked so far […]
The Art of Gift-Giving
Are you planning to pass an inheritance on to your children? Ron Lieber, author of this article in the New York Times, writes that leaving a financial legacy may be more difficult than you think. “With each passing year” Lieber writes, “the pressures on the nest eggs of older people will only […]
The Cost of Comfort
If you’re wondering exactly how much you’ll have to put in the bank to live comfortably when you retire, you’re not alone. But it just got a little bit easier. You now have the recently updated retirement calculator and guide, “Taking the Mystery Out of Retirement Planning”, provided by Uncle […]