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Why Your Advisor, Accountant and Lawyer Need to Talk

Do your financial advisor, accountant and lawyer talk? It may sound like the start of a bad joke, but ensuring that these three professionals are conversing with one another is no laughing matter. With tax season around the corner, and as you look at your financial documents, it’s a great time to revisit your overall financial, tax and estate plans. Your financial advisor is an expert in planning for your financial goals, but also has tax and long-term planning to take into consideration. Your accountant is a tax expert, but also has to consider your investments and inheritance plans…


Hold a Financial “State of the Union” with Your Partner

Navigating and managing finances can be difficult and becomes even more challenging as you begin to share major life events with a significant other. When planning the future with your partner, finances should be a top priority. But how do you approach this tricky and potentially uncomfortable discussion?

I suggest that couples hold a financial “State of the Union” meeting. Doing this at the beginning of the year is a good start, but I also suggest this is not a once and done discussion. Create a frequent, predetermined timetable that works for you to discuss finances (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.)….


Learn from the Ghosts of your Financial Past, Present and Future

Making good choices about saving and spending can be difficult, especially when you’re young and relatively inexperienced with finances. Research shows that costs such as housing and student debt can greatly hinder a person’s ability to save adequately for their future. But not all is lost. As the holidays approach, we are reminded of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, “A Christmas Carol,” in which the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future help Ebenezer Scrooge embrace the joy of helping his fellow man after decades of mean-spirited behavior. Similarly, by taking a look at your past money mistakes and…


Retire Early? What You Need to Do Today

According to Gallup, the average retirement age in America is 66. For most, it takes decades of planning and saving money across multiple accounts to feel confident and financially comfortable to take the first step into one’s golden years. But what about those individuals and couples who want to retire early? For those who want to “fast-track” their retirement and take the plunge in their 50s, there are critical planning steps to consider early in your career.

Of course, retirement before the average age of 66 will look different for everyone, and will be impacted by a myriad of…


Parents – Why You NEED an Estate Plan

Many younger individuals do not feel that estate planning is necessary until they have “significant” assets. This is a dangerous approach especially if minor children are part of the equation. Any experienced estate planning attorney would agree that a core function of estate planning, in general, is the ability for parents to set up the “framework” for their minor children. The most important aspect of this framework is the ability to appoint a guardian for minor children if both parents are deceased. This is not asset-dependent planning and should be addressed as soon as possible, especially in situations where…


Financial Planning for New Parents

Since becoming a mom last year, my financial goals and long-term plans certainly have shifted. New parents should continue focusing on their own financial security and retirement goals, a baby means a whole new set of monetary considerations. Here are some tips that can help get your family on solid footing for the future.

Tips leading up to baby

Diaper duty. In the six months leading up to our son’s birth, my husband and I strategically purchased diapers. Knowing diapers are one of the more expensive, and frequent purchases for baby, we spaced out buying diapers over a few months creating…


Beyond a Budget – Financial Tips

Planning your financial future may seem like a daunting task. You need to understand the full view of what you have, what you’ll need and what it all means for your retirement. The basics – budgeting, saving and getting rid of debt are great places to start, but there are many things to consider beyond these basics. Especially for individuals and couples who have accumulated assets, there are a few critical points to consider when striving for a more secure financial future.

Create tax efficiency: Accumulating assets for retirement via investment accounts is a great start, but it’s critical to…


Stressing About Retirement? Tips to Help

Your golden years should be stress-free and exciting. However, as financial advisors, we know how stressful it can be to decide when to retire and how to make sure your finances are ready. To help avoid retirement stressors, start planning now. As retirement approaches, create transition plan three to five years in advance of the actual date you will stop working.

Seeking the counsel of a professional wealth advisor can help plan in the most efficient way possible. There are multiple factors that go into proper retirement planning, such as:

  • increasing savings or reducing debt
  • planning…

Is a Mid-Life Career Change a Retirement Killer?

When it comes to making a change, it is important to consider the risks and rewards that accompany that switch. So, when considering a mid-life career change, what’s at stake? Could it kill your retirement?

Nobody wants to be stuck in a career that doesn’t fulfil them or makes them unhappy. However, if you are close to retirement, the decision to make a switch so late in the game could be intimidating. There are two common trains of thought: stick it out, stay on track and remain miserable, or make a change and risk delaying the start of your golden…


Don’t Fall for These Common 401(k) Myths

You build a career and diligently save money in your 401(k) so you can live comfortably in retirement, but do you truly understand what’s going on in your retirement investment account? A 2018 survey from the Employee Benefit Research Institute found that three in 10 workers don’t know what to do with their retirement savings. Below, are a few common misconceptions to avoid to help get you on the right track when it comes to your retirement efforts.

“I can just sign up and forget about it.” Enrolling in your company’s 401(k) plan and setting up automatic contributions is a good…

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