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Roll Unused 529 College Savings Into a Roth IRA

Posted by Susan Ford | Jan 16, 2024 | 0 Comments

In December 2022, Congress passed the SECURE 2.0 Act, bringing significant changes to the world of retirement savings and student loans. Two key parts of the Secure 2.0 Act are in effect, and they could substantially impact your family's financial future. We’ll explain how the new law affects your unused 529 college savings account and what that means for your future savings.

3 Things You Need To Know About Retirement Distributions

Posted by Susan Ford | Dec 12, 2023 | 0 Comments

If you’re part of a blended family (meaning you are married with children from a prior marriage in the mix), you’re no stranger to the extra considerations and planning it takes to keep your family’s life running smoothly. You’ve also probably given some thought to what you want to happen to your assets and your family if something happens to you.

Naming Godparents Does Not Create Legal Guardians

Posted by Susan Ford | Nov 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

As a parent, your top priority is the well-being and future of your children. You plan for their education, health, and happiness, and often this planning includes the tradition of choosing godparents to guide and mentor your children if something happens to you. While selecting godparents is a meaningful tradition in many cultures, it's important to understand that naming a godparent is not the same thing as naming a legal guardian for your children.

8 Things To Do Now to Lower Your 2023 Taxes

Posted by Susan Ford | Nov 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

It might seem a bit early to think about your 2023 taxes, but as the year draws to a close, it's the perfect time to take a closer look at your financial situation and make some strategic moves that can help you minimize your tax liability come April.

6 Estate Planning Must-Do's After You Say “I Do” - Part 2

Posted by Susan Ford | Oct 21, 2023 | 0 Comments

Getting married and starting a new chapter in your life is an exciting time. It’s also a time that requires a lot of housekeeping such as updating your address if your marriage includes a move, changing your tax filing status with your employer, and adding your new spouse to your bank and credit card accounts. But did you know that creating (or updating) your estate plan should also be on your post-wedding to-do list?

6 Estate Planning Must-Do's After You Say “I Do” - Part 1

Posted by Susan Ford | Oct 21, 2023 | 0 Comments

A lot changes once your marriage is official, but how you and your spouse want your finances to be managed or how you would want medical decisions to be made for each other are not automatically documented when you say “I do.” If you become incapacitated for any reason before your estate plan is complete, your spouse would not have the legal authority to make medical decisions for you even though you’re married. Your loved one would also have no access to your bank accounts, and in the event of your death, could even be put into a position of losing the home and possessions that you owned together. Instead, your choices for yourself, each other, and your life together need to be properly documented to ensure your wishes are respected and honored no matter what the future holds.

Got Minor Kids? 3 Instances When Your Estate Plan Must Include A Kids Protection Plan®

Posted by Susan Ford | Oct 21, 2023 | 0 Comments

As a parent, you have probably thought about the importance of naming permanent legal guardians for your child in case something happens to you, and maybe you have already done it. If you haven’t yet, take this as the sign that now’s the time to do it, in case the unthinkable happens to you.  But in some cases, naming permanent legal guardians for your child may not be enough to guarantee your kids will always be cared for in the way you want by the people you want. And, there may even be a risk of your kids being taken into the care of strangers or someone you would never want. Read on to find out if that’s the case for your family, and if it is, contact us to get your Kids Protection Plan® in place. 

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