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Death of Spouse
Estate Planning

How Do You File Taxes If Your Spouse Dies?

About 1.5 million Americans become widows and widowers in a normal year, but the pandemic has boosted that significantly. The National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University estimates that about 380,000 of more than 700,000 people in the U.S. who have died from Covid were married.

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Power of Attorney
Estate Planning

Is It Important to Have a Power of Attorney?

While we are alive, we can clearly make our own decisions. Unfortunately, one day you may find yourself in a situation where you cannot make your own decisions. Such situations occur most often in accidents, illnesses (physical or mental) and simple aging situations.

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Divorce
Estate Planning

What Do I Do with Estate Plan after Divorce?

Major changes in your life—such as marriage, having a baby, moving out of state, or divorce—should prompt a revisit to your current will. It is important to revise your will at these times, in order to ensure that your estate planning is up to date.

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What Is the Social Security Increase for 2022?

A large 5.9% cost-of-living adjustment is coming to Social Security beneficiaries in 2022. That means the average monthly retirement benefit will go up by $92 per month. Exactly how much more money you will see may depend on the amount of Medicare Part B premiums.

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Estate Planning
Estate Planning

What Is Probate?

The probate process gets a bad reputation, but it’s the reality many families will face. It is a process that can function well for some small estates.

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Estate Planning
Estate Planning

What Do I Need in My Estate Plan?

An effective estate plan uses a collection of documents and teamwork to protect one’s assets and personal property. An effective estate plan also explains and carries intentions of how to pass control down to successors in the event of your absence.

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Estate Planning
Estate Planning

Talk to Parents about Estate Planning without Making It Awkward

Discussing estate planning with your parents is a conversation that can be difficult to have. You might not want to think about the day they are no longer here, or even consider that they might experience a decline in health that severely limits their ability to think clearly or communicate with you.

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Estate Planning
Estate Planning

Why Do Families Fail when Transferring Wealth?

Over the next 25 years, analysts anticipate $68 trillion to be passed down to younger generations and charities. While the importance of legacy planning is not limited to the forthcoming Great Wealth Transfer, it does spotlight the significant amount of wealth that has been created, primarily by Baby Boomers, and the need to transition these assets thoughtfully.

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