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Soulful Leadership: Reimagining Leadership’s Purpose

Guest post by Gaurav Bhalla, Ph.D., author of  “Awakening a Leader’s Soul, Learnings through Immortal Poems…” New times require new narratives…and ...

Your Heart: The Gift of Inspiration

An excerpt from Reclaiming Your Body by Suzanne Scurlock-Durana While the English language frequently refers to what our bodies know — ...

Dissolving Fear Through Acceptance

An excerpt from Feng Shui Mommy by Bailey Gaddis   Before she was a beloved pregnancy blogger, certified birthing doula, and childbirth ...

Excerpt from the Freedom chapter in The Book of Truth

Excerpted from The Book of Truth by Paul Selig with the permission of TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House ...

Top Tips for Improving Your Concentration

By Helen Sanders Almost everyone has experienced the feeling of drifting off, thinking about the weekend, or the last movie we ...

The Four Obstacles and How to Beat Them

By Randall Bell, Ph.D. There are two great lies. The first is that it can't happen to us. The second is ...

MEDITATION AND CARDIOVASCCULAR BENEFIT

Post by Dr Jacqueline Eubany, MD FACC FHRS Meditation has been shown to lower your risk for heart disease. Meditation is ...

Anti-Gluten Frenzy vs. Pro-Wheat Comeback

Has Wheat Been Found Guilty Without a Fair Trial? Excerpted from Eat Wheat   Has gluten been found guilty without a fair trial? ...

9 Signs You are Dealing with a Passive Aggressive Person

Post by Signe Whitson L.S.W. Is there someone in your life who makes you feel like you are on an emotional ...

Interview with Divya Alter

By Divya Alter April 25, 2017 What's the food philosophy behind Divya’s Kitchen and your new cookbook?   Food can heal. It ...

Life Insurance and Estate Planning: Protecting Your Beneficiaries’ Interests

One misconception people have about life insurance is that naming beneficiaries is all you have to do to ensure the ...

How You Can Build an Estate Plan that Includes Asset Protection – Part 2

Divorce One of the last things you want to have happen to the nest egg you’ve saved is for your children ...

How You Can Build an Estate Plan that Includes Asset Protection – Part 1

Much of estate planning has to do with the way a person’s assets will be distributed upon their death. But ...

5 Reasons to Embrace the Emotional Nature of Estate Planning

When you hear the phrase “estate plan,” you might first think about paperwork. Or your mind might land on some ...

Experiencing Aloneness and Its Opposite

An excerpt from Live Your Happy by Maria Felipe   Before she was an author and a minister, Reverend Maria Felipe was ...

How to Build Freedom From Court Interference Into Your Estate Plan

It’s clear why you might want to avoid court involvement in your estate for financial reasons, knowing that probate can ...

Going to church: Is it worth it? Yes! New study says it lowers risk of suicide among women

By Joy Stephenson-Laws Despite the increasing awareness surrounding mental health issues, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States ...

When Someone You Love is Dying

An excerpt from Words at the Threshold by Lisa Smartt   When her father became terminally ill with cancer, Lisa Smartt began ...

FIVE WAYS AYAHUASCA IS CHANGING LIVES FOR THE BETTER

Guest post by Rachel Harris, PhD, author of LISTENING TO AYAHUASCA   Ayahuasca is a tea composed of two plants from the ...

Do It Now: Name a Guardian for Your Minor Child(ren)

We know it’s hard. Thinking about someone else raising your children stops us all in our tracks. It feels crushing ...

New Legislation Could Mean the End of Estate and GSTT Taxes

What This Means for You and Your Family On January 24, 2017, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017, or H.R ...

A Powerful Exercise to Surface the Values You Want to Pass on to the Next Generation

Every one of us receives and passes on an inheritance. The inheritance may not be an accumulation of earthly possessions ...

How to Choose a Trustee

When you establish a trust, you name someone to be the trustee. A trustee does what you do right now ...

CARING FOR THE DYING: THE DOULA APPROACH TO A MEANINGFUL DEATH

An excerpt from: Caring for the Dying: The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death by Henry Fersko-Weiss   Henry Fersko-Weiss Conari Press, March 2017 ISBN: 9781573246880 Pages ...

Who Should Be Your Successor Trustee?

If you have a revocable living trust, you probably named yourself as trustee so you can continue to manage your ...

How to Stop Constipation with a Few Simple Tests and Adjustments to Your Diet

Guest post by Joy Stephenson-Laws, Founder of Proactive Health Labs (pH) and her team Constipation is one of the most common digestive complaints, ...

Caution: Your Traditional Asset Protection Plan is Set Up to Fail

You may be surprised to learn that you already have asset protection in place. In fact, you probably have one ...

The Top 2 Ways the Court Gets Involved in Your Estate, and How to Avoid Them

No one wants unnecessary court involvement in their life. But without careful and proactive estate planning, chances are that some ...

AB Trusts – Do You Need to Get Rid of Yours?

Are you married and is the last time you and your spouse updated your estate plan more than a few ...

The Shocking Truth About Asset Protection Planning

Some view asset protection planning with a skeptical eye. They believe there is a moral obligation to pay one’s debts. They think ...

Who Needs an Estate Plan?

If you’re reading this, you need an estate plan. Why? The short answer is “Everyone, age 18 and older needs ...

The Madonna Complex: Why Your Man Won’t Have Sex With You Because He Prefers Pornography

Guest post by Dr. Peter Andrew Sacco Ph.D. Have you ever heard of the Madonna complex? It has nothing to do ...

How to Pick a Trustee, Executor, and Agent Under a Power of Attorney

While the term fiduciary is a legal term with a long history, it very generally means someone who is legally ...

Better to Play it Safe: Proactive Estate Planning and Cognitive Impairment

Most financially savvy individuals begin planning their estate when they’re in peak mental shape. The idea that this might change ...

Work with Your Body’s Natural Processes to Control Hunger Pangs on a Diet

Hunger pangs can create chaos while you’re on a diet. It’s hard to concentrate on work, family, or anything else ...

Got Stuff? George Carlin Says You Need An Estate Plan!

George Carlin would have been a great pitchman for estate planning. You may remember his stand-up routine on “stuff.” We ...

How to Align Insurance with Your Estate Plan

If you’re like most folks, you use a variety of insurance products to manage risk and protect you, your family, ...

The Real Life Perils of Online and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Estate Planning

With the number of online and do-it-yourself (DIY) legal providers continuing to grow and advertise heavily, you may be wondering ...

The Value of Having a “Life Plan” in Estate Planning

All too often, estate planning is viewed as a transaction; just sign here, here, and here on a document: will, ...

Why Does a Living Trust Cost More than a Will?

Yes, you will likely invest more in trust-based planning than will-based planning because you get a whole lot more value ...

Rebuild Your Confidence After a Job Setback and Boost Your Career

Job setbacks can shatter your self-confidence and make it difficult to stay positive. Luckily, however, they don’t have to ruin ...

Impacts of the Trump Presidency on Estate Planning: Your Quick Guide

It’s official — the Electoral College voted on December 19, 2016, essentially completing the 2016 presidential election cycle. With that ...

How to Avoid High Octane Stress and Organize Information for Your Family

Think, for just a few moments, about what would happen if you suddenly became incapacitated or died. Would your spouse ...

Will You Make these 5 Tragic Yet Common Estate Planning Mistakes?

We see tragedy on a day-to-day basis because good, caring folks make these horrid estate planning mistakes regularly. Will you?   1 ...

Be Excerpt

Guest post by Bahriye Goren-Gulek What is it about certain individuals that inspire not only themselves but also the people around ...

Why Factoring Long-Term Care Into Your Estate Plan Pays Off

For most people, thinking about estate planning means focusing on what will happen to their money after they pass away ...

Till Death Do Us Part, Too: Estate Planning Tips for Commitment Without Marriage

Advice columnist Ann Landers once observed that “love is friendship that has caught fire.” If that’s true, there are thousands ...

The Sound of Love

By Vanessa Werts, author of Lies and Love: Cleansing the Heart to Make room for Radical Love Love is the most ...

Why Your Estate Planning Project Must Morph into a Process

Many people put their estate plan on their to-do list as a one-time project: “Create estate plan” or “Meeting with ...

Everyday Simplicity with 10 Simple Changes

Do you feel like life is too hectic to enjoy it? By removing the things from your life that don’t ...

Survive Challenging People

Are you losing your power and energy to people, places, or things? Seeing an old friend or family member makes ...

Eleven Tips to Self-Motivate

Even the most experienced and successful achievers can use a little help getting motivated from time to time. Motivating yourself ...

Make Estate Planning Your New Year’s Resolution

The holidays are here. It’s also a good time to get started with some Old Year end and New Year ...

529 Plan Misunderstandings

Providing for grandchildren’s college expenses is becoming an important estate planning goal for many families. Many people see it as ...

A Few Words on Perpetual Trusts

Most people struggle to plan their financial futures beyond the next decade, while those with money and foresight are likely ...

Check Your Estate Planning List Twice

During this festive time of year, dwelling on estate planning may seem like a bit of a downer. Yet the ...

When Are Charitable Gifts Delivered?

With the holiday season upon us, the charitable giving season is also upon us. Charitable giving is important not only ...

VISUALIZE PROSPERITY

An excerpt from the 40th Anniversary Edition of Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain If anyone can be called a self-help, self-actualization ...

Longevity Causing Estate Planning Problems

People are living longer and longer than they used to. While that is a great thing, it is beginning to ...

The Ins and Outs of Coping with Suicidal Thoughts

Managing suicidal thoughts is not an easy task for anyone. While treatment is the most important part of handling this ...

Is a Financial Plan Enough? Why Experts Say You Need an Estate Plan, too

If you want to leave a robust financial legacy for your family, a financial plan alone is like trying to ...

Love is Undefeated

Guest Post by Vanessa D. Werts Have you ever wondered what your life would be if you could conquer your fears, ...

3 Famous Pet Trust Cases and the Lessons We Can Learn from Them

Not long ago, pet trusts were thought of as little more than eccentric things that famous people did for their ...

Becoming a Successor Trustee

When a trustee passes away or becomes incapacitated, someone else has to take over the trust. This new trustee is ...

3 Celebrity Probate Disasters and Lessons to Learn from Them

With all the wealth accumulated by the rich and famous, one would assume that celebrities would take steps to protect ...

Help for Your Anxious Child. Replacing Worried Thoughts with Coping Thoughts.

Guest Post by Donna Shea & Nadine Briggs The emotion that a child feels when he or she worried is ...

Your Estate Planning Binder: Tips for Proper Care and Maintenance

You finally crossed “getting your estate plan done” off your list, and you’ve (rightly) breathed a huge sigh of relief ...

In The Spirit Of Giving, Offer A Peaceful Respite To Those Who Need It Most This Holiday

Guest post by Kim Weiss The trend this holiday season is all about ‘giving’ – not another ugly Christmas sweater, but ...

Did you include your grandkids in your will? 5 Tips to Avoid Common Problems

As we build wealth, we naturally desire to pass that financial stability to our offspring. With the grandkids, especially, we ...

The Power of Transcendence Through Surprise

Guest post by Deirdre Hade The (Not So) Little Book of Surprises was twenty years in the making.  My husband, Will ...

5 Things Every New Mother Needs to Know About Wills

As a new mother, you naturally want to ensure your new baby’s future in every way. For many new mothers, ...

Want to Give the Kids an Early Inheritance? 4 Things to Consider

If you’re thinking about giving your children their inheritance early, you’re not alone. A recent Merrill Lynch study suggests that these ...

A Trust Is Still a Good Idea

Up until a few years ago, a common estate-planning technique included the use of irrevocable trusts to own life insurance ...

The Thanksgiving Play Microphone Grab Viewed Around The World

Guest post by Dreama Denver As the mother of a severely autistic son, I know how badly a mother's heart yearns ...

Need I Be Spoiled to Have a Trust?

Mention a trust, and the first thing most people think of is a spoiled kid living off an inherited fortune ...

You are Not Alone: The Epidemic of Self-Judgment

An Excerpt from Make Peace with Your Mind by Mark Coleman Many of us are well acquainted with our “Inner Critic.” ...

Minimum Daily Requirement

An excerpt from Start Right Where You Are by Sam Bennett As the creator of The Organized Artist Company, bestselling author Sam ...

5 Tangible Ways to Ease Political Tensions During the Holidays

Guest Post by Emily J. Hooks Do you have a little extra apprehension about the holidays this year? Wonder how you ...

6 Simple Ways to Overcome Boredom

Everyone at one time or another has experienced some degree of boredom. Children are usually the quickest to say "I'm ...

Family Values and History Are Still the Best Inheritance

According to a recent study, family values, traditions and history still mean more than money as an inheritance. (more…) ...

CONQUER CHANGE & WIN IN A NUTSHELL

Guest post by Ralph Masengill Want to be very successful? Here is a simple secret few take advantage of in their ...

5 Mistakes Made by Successor Trustees (and How to Prevent Them)

When establishing a trust, you need to give serious thought to choosing your successor trustee—the person who will administer your ...

3 Tips for Overwhelmed Executors

While it is an honor to be named as an executor of a will or estate, it can also be ...

Using Estate Sales

In an estate sale personal property in an estate is sold off at auction. These sales are becoming increasingly popular ...

The Importance of Signing Legal Documents

Most legal documents need a signature to be effective. The importance of this is illustrated by a case in Australia ...

Why You Need an Ethical Will

Many people today are choosing to have two wills. One will is a traditional will that decrees how property should ...

5 Strategies to Enjoy Your Free Time

Free time is good for the soul. Your best opportunity to re-charge your emotional batteries is to take advantage of ...

Post Election Traumatic Stress Disorder

PETSD - I'ts real! By Teri Williams Over the last 90 days we, as a country, have experienced more election stress than ...

17 Ways to Use Meditation for Anxiety Relief Right Now!

Guest post by Ram Dass In the 21 century, meditation is making a resurgence as a practical tool for coping with ...

Different Types of Trusts

While all trusts share some similarities, there are many different types of trusts that you can use as part of ...

Passing Down a Private Foundation

Many wealthy people create private foundations as a way to continue using their wealth to support causes they believe in ...

Inheritance Stolen after Social Media Posts Made about It

While many people prefer to keep their financial affairs private, there are others who have no problem letting the entire ...

Estate Planning for Widows

Anytime someone loses a spouse, it is important that the surviving spouse’s estate plan be revisited. As it turns out, ...

Play, Autism, and The PLAY Project

By Rick Solomon   Just today in the New York Times there was an opinion piece by Paul Tough entitled To Help ...

Pamela Anne Glassman: An Angel to Remember

By Joan E. Childs, LCSW She was breathtakingly beautiful, brilliant and bewitching!  She was passionate, powerful and precocious.  Her power to ...

Rejoicing Through the Tears, Brenda George

By Brenda George Chapter Nine Totally Isolated That first weekend after the treatment was the hardest, as I had to be isolated from ...

AstroNumerology

By Jesse Kalsi “Numbers are alive and are represented by planetary energy. They have a direct impact on our success, health, ...

Improve your self-esteem with spirituality and prayer

By Kay Christy Self-esteem is subjective.  We each determine for ourselves our self-worth.  This is the good news and the bad ...

Documents Needed in Estate Planning

A well-planned estate is a wonderful legacy you can leave your heirs — instead of untangling a messy estate, they ...

Silly Questions? Not When It Comes to Your Will

It’s something parents shudder to think about: a will. That’s probably why more than half of Americans with children do ...

Alternatives to a Reverse Mortgage

If you’re 62 or older, you may be able to convert the equity in your home into cash with a ...

Why Do You Need a Will?

This article gives the example of a businessman who had named his son as the nominee in all his investments ...

Can You Trust Your Doctor with Your Will?

Doctors are normally viewed as trustworthy. We trust them with our lives. A lawsuit in New York suggests that it ...

Now That’s Awkward!

An awkward part of estate planning is telling your kids how much — or how little — they'll get. Here's ...

Dropping the Struggle with Change

by Roger Housden   Change itself is the one certainty we can be absolutely sure of. You might say this is obvious ...

The Basics of Estate Planning

Too often, the need for the most basic estate-planning documents is overlooked or misunderstood. While many people would admit they ...

Who Gets What?

The murkiest part of estate planning is discussing when and how to distribute your assets to your heirs. This process ...

Where There’s a Will …

There are a multitude of mistakes that people make when it comes to putting together their wills.  These include naming ...

Just One Question: What is Estate Planning?

What is estate planning? Do you think it is only for the rich? One of the greatest gifts you can ...

Estate Planning Lessons from Hollywood

Celebrities seem to live a charmed life, but for all the advice they can buy, they’re still not immune to ...

Keep Up Financially with the Changing Seasons

As the summer comes to an end and we head into the fall, a parallel can be drawn between the ...

Estate Planning Is No Saturday Morning Project!

Americans, by and large, are do-it-yourselfers. Information abounds to help us tackle all kinds of situations -- including estate planning ...

Over 70% of Elvis Presley’s Estate Paid in Taxes & Fees: How Can You Avoid the Same Trap?

Did you know that the legendary singer and actor, Elvis Presley, earned over a billion dollars throughout his somewhat short ...

Warning: Don’t Let Creditors Inherit from You

Shocking to most people, the retirement account you leave for your spouse can be seized in a divorce, lawsuit, or ...

Caution: Creditors Now Have Easy Access to Inherited IRAs

Do you have IRAs or other retirement accounts that you plan to leave to your loved ones?  If so, proceed ...

Investment, Insurance, Annuity, and Retirement Planning Considerations

If your clients choose to use a Standalone Retirement Trust (SRT) to provide asset protection benefits for their beneficiaries, then ...

HELP! This Probate Is Taking Forever!!!

After a loved one dies, her estate must be settled. While most people want the settlement process to be done ...

Nosey Neighbor Nellie Can Find Out About Your Probate. Really.

Most people think of probate as a private process. However, since wills are filed at the courthouse, probated estates become ...

How to Make Your Inheritance Last

A 2012 study by Ohio State researcher Jay Zagorsky found that about one-third of Americans who receive an inheritance have ...

Keep Up Financially with the Changing Seasons

As the summer season will eventually come to an end and we head into the fall, a parallel can be ...

5 Reasons Why Uncle Bill May Not Make a Good Trustee

If you have created a dynasty trust that you intend to last for decades into the future, choosing the right ...

Estate Planning Is No Saturday Morning Project!

Americans, by and large, are do-it-yourselfers. Information abounds to help us tackle all kinds of situations -- including estate planning ...

How to Be You

Excerpted from HOW TO BE YOU: Stop Trying to Be Someone Else and Start Living Your Life by Jeffrey Marsh, ...

Who Gets What?

The murkiest part of estate planning is discussing when and how to distribute your assets to your heirs. This process ...

Where There’s a Will …

There are a multitude of mistakes that people make when it comes to putting together their wills.  These include naming ...

Kids: Don’t Fight!

Many people think sibling feuds only occur when we are young. In some cases this is true, but for some ...

Why Wait?

The number of Malaysians making wills has soared following the recent airline tragedies. An estate planning firm here has reported ...

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Will: 3 Critical Mistakes

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a drug overdose in February 2014. Sadly, he left behind three young children ...

Wills vs. Trusts: A Quick & Simple Reference Guide

Confused about the differences between wills and trusts? If so, you're not alone. While it's always wise to contact experts ...

Escape From a Bad Trust: 5 Strong Reasons to Decant Your Trust

When a bottle of wine is decanted, it's poured from one container into another. When a trust is decanted, trust ...

Irrevocable Trust Decanting in 4 Steps

We all need a "do over" from time to time. Life changes, the law changes, and professionals learn to do ...

3 Simple Ways to Avoid Probate Costs

The bad news: probated estates are subject to a variety of costs from attorneys, executors, appraisers, accountants, courts, and state ...

DIGESTION AND DISEASE

By Shelly Malone, MPH, RDN, and  author of “INFLAMED.” Learn more at http://www.inflamedbook.com Our digestive system is the foundation for wellness ...

10 Types of Trusts: A Quick Look

Considering the myriad of trusts available, creating an estate plan that works can seem daunting. However, that's what we, as ...

Don’t Leave Your Trust Unguarded: 6 Key Ways a Trust Protector Can Help You

Trust protectors are a fairly new and commonly used protection in the United States. In short, a trust protector is ...

Wills, Trusts & Dying Intestate: How They Differ

Most people understand that having some sort of an estate plan is, as Martha Stewart would say, a "good thing." ...

Pale Acceptance

By Mac Bogert I was working with a leadership development group on the topic of conflict (one of my favorites, since ...

How to Fix a Trust That Isn’t Getting Better With Age

While many wines get better with age, the same cannot be said for some irrevocable trusts. (more…) ...

3 Examples of When an Irrevocable Trust Can – and Should – Be Modified

Did you know that irrevocable trusts can be modified? If you didn't, you're not alone. (more…) ...

Blended Families Underscore the Need for Estate Planning

Anyone with children or modest assets should seriously consider some minimal estate planning, but the increasing number of blended families ...

De-Stress Yourself by Walking Your Own Path

By Doron Libshtein   As founder of the Mentors Channel, I have had the privilege and joy of working very closely with ...

Online and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Estate Planning

With the number of online and do-it-yourself (DIY) legal providers continuing to grow, some of individuals may be wondering if ...

Get Rid of Junk Emotions

By Shoba Sreenivasan, Ph.D. and Linda E. Weinberger, Ph.D. We women know all about calories. Think of how you examine the ...

Estate Planning After Divorce

One area that is often overlooked in the divorce process is the need to update estate planning. Most people would ...

The Surprising Freedom that Productivity Brings

We all strive for more meaning in our lives, right? Being more productive may be the key to having more ...

5 Common Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

From time to time, it’s good to review why having a complete, up-to-date estate plan is so important. In addition ...

What Is Your IGS?

An Excerpt from Your Inner GPS by Zen Cryar DeBrücke   You were born with a factory-installed guidance system. It is like ...

How to Choose a Trustee

When you establish a trust, you name someone to be the trustee. A trustee basically does what you do right ...

What’s On Your Worry List?

A comprehensive financial plan that is effectively executed delivers dollar savings in improved investment returns, lower taxes, lower fees, more ...

Building a Healthy Child

This is an excerpt from the book “Building a Healthy Child,” by Melina Roberts. I am a mother and licensed naturopathic doctor ...

3 Ways to Minimize Estate Planning Fees

Today, it is impossible to put together even a simple estate plan without the assistance of an experienced estate planning ...

Financial Firms Roll Out Form Aimed at Stopping Financial Elder Abuse

With cases of financial exploitation of the elderly on the rise, advisors who work with older clients are looking for ...

Ensuring Income Tax Deferral for Retirement Plan Beneficiaries

Some of the most generous provisions of the tax code are those that permit beneficiaries of IRAs and other qualified ...

Potential Problems with Beneficiary Designations

Many clients use beneficiary designations, and for good reason. Some significant assets, including life insurance policies, IRAs, retirement plans and ...

Why You Should Name a Stand-Alone Retirement Trust as Beneficiary

Why You Should Name a Stand-Alone Retirement Trust as Beneficiary (For IRAs and Other Tax-Deferred Retirement Accounts) (more…) ...

Family Values and History Are Still the Best Inheritance

According to a recent study, family values, traditions and history still mean more than money as an inheritance. (more…) ...

Treating Children Fairly Does Not Necessarily Mean Equally

Most parents want to treat their children fairly in their estate planning, and many assume that means having their children ...

Four More Common Estate Planning Mistakes

Here are four more common mistakes in estate planning. If your plan is in place and current, this will serve ...

Affirmations

Affirmations by Barbara E. Savin Affirmations are thoughts and statements of acceptance you can use to allow the manifestation of your destiny ...

Gentle Energy Touch

Imagine being able to utilize the power of your mind for the purpose of healing with Universal Energy—just by asking ...

Meaningful Coincidences Can Change Your Life

By Bernard D. Beitman, M.D. Two events in your life surprisingly intersect.  One may be a thought or a feeling and ...

The Advisory Team Approach to Estate Planning

Estate planning is not simply the documents prepared by an attorney, nor is it the insurance and financial plan recommended ...

Estate Planning for Women

While estate planning is important for everyone, women especially need to understand estate planning and have a plan of their ...

Life Insurance: How Much and What Kind?

Life insurance can be an affordable way to provide for our children, spouse, a sibling, aging parents and others if ...

Naming a Guardian for Your Minor Child(ren)

Parents with minor children need to name someone to raise them (a guardian) in the event both parents should die ...

Planning For Incapacity and Long-Term Care

With people living longer due to advances in medicine and changes in lifestyle, odds are that most of us will ...

Facebook Founders Use Estate Planning Technique for $200 Million Tax-Free Transfer

Sometimes the planning of the rich and famous helps us better understand what mere mortals can accomplish through proper planning ...

Imperience

This is an excerpt from the book “Imperience: Understanding the Heart of Consciousness,” by Erik Knud-Hansen. Living spiritually is the only way to ...

Blended Families Underscore the Need for Estate Planning

Anyone with children or modest assets should seriously consider some minimal estate planning, but the increasing number of blended families ...

Advance Directives/Living Wills are a Critical Component of Estate Planning

March 31, 2012 marked the seventh anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo, the 41-year-old who succumbed after her feeding ...

Why Middle Class Kids May Actually Have An Edge Over Rich Kids

We usually look at wealth as something that can help a child get ahead, perhaps by paying for tutors and ...

How to Make a Family Meeting a Successful Part of the Estate Planning Process

You've made the hard decisions, your documents are signed, your trust is funded, a business succession plan is in place ...

Protecting Against Financial Fraud in Charitable Giving

Americans are very generous when it comes to charitable giving. In addition, lower earners give more proportionately than higher earners ...

Are You Wasting Money? Part Three: Taxes, Insurance, Not Bidding and/or Negotiating

So far in this series on wasting money, we have looked at how people may overpay for housing, interest, transportation, ...

Are You Wasting Money? Part Two: Food, Clothing and Entertainment

In Part One of this series on wasting money, we looked at housing, interest and transportation--areas in which you or ...

Are You Wasting Money? Part One: Housing, Interest, and Transportation

Most of us are guilty of wasting money in one way or another. Often we are so busy that we ...

Recovering Emotionally from Past Financial Errors

Most of us will admit to having made some financial mistakes we regret--running up credit card debt, impulse buying, or ...

How to Stop Worrying About Running Out of Money in Retirement

Many retirees today worry about having enough money for their retirement. Of special concern is if there will be enough ...

Understanding Losses: Property

Property insurance provides protection against most risks to property, such as fire, theft and some weather damage. However, if property ...

Wealth Protection: Avoiding Losses

You can't create wealth until you preserve it first. Each dollar lost unnecessarily isn't just a single dollar lost, but ...

Understanding Losses: Compounding Interest

Most investors are familiar with the magic of compounding interest but they often fail to realize that when the portfolio ...

Get It All Done By Telling Your Time What to Do

By Helene Segura, author of The Inefficiency Assassin Have you ever had “one of those days” during which nothing goes to ...

If You Die Without a Will, Does Your Spouse Inherit Your Entire Estate?

If you are married and you die without a Last Will and Testament, you may mistakenly believe that your spouse ...

Who’s Going to Get It: Do You Really Know the Beneficiaries of Your Dynasty Trust?

Today many estate plans contain irrevocable dynasty trusts that will continue for the benefit of a spouse's lifetime and then ...

Five Things You Need to Know About the Recently Enacted ABLE Act

On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act) into law. The ABLE ...

How to Choose the Right Agent for Your Incapacity Plan

A common misconception is that estate planning equates to death planning. But planning for what happens after you die is ...

Is a Payable on Death Account Right for You and Your Family?

Payable on death accounts, or "POD accounts" for short, have become popular for avoiding probate in the last decade or ...

Caution: Writing Your Own Deed to Avoid Probate Can Lead to Unintended Consequences

One common way to avoid probate of real estate after the owner dies is to hold the title to the ...

Q and A with Brad Warner

Author of Don’t Be a Jerk What is The Shōbōgenzō: The True Treasury of the Dharma Eye and why did you decide to ...

Don’t Be a Jerk

An Excerpt from Brad Warner It used to be that nobody outside the worlds of stuffy academics and nerdy Zen ...

FIVE THINGS I LEARNED FROM DOGEN

By Brad Warner, author of Don’t Be a Jerk I discovered the 13th Century Japanese Zen Master Eihei Do-gen when I ...

Why Things Happen

The ones who hurt Jordan go on, while his days with us slip farther and farther into the past. What ...

Baltimore Register of Wills Can’t Find Her Father’s Original Last Will, Will Your Family Be Able to Find Yours?

While it's not unusual for an original last will and testament to be misplaced, it is when your daughter happens ...

Where is the Best Place to Store Your Original Estate Planning Documents?

Estate planning attorneys are often asked where original estate planning documents - wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives ...

The Lifetime QTIP Trust: Or (How to Maintain Control of Your Estate and Keep Spouse No. 2 Happy)

Estate planning for couples in a second or later marriage who have disproportionate estates can be tricky. One solution for ...

Will Your Revocable Living Trust Avoid Probate? It Depends.

If you've set up a Revocable Living Trust, congratulations! You're definitely on the right track. But...you're only half way there ...

What if Treating Your Children Fairly Means Unequal Inheritances?

When planning their estate, most parents express the desire to treat their children equally out of a sense of fairness ...

Should I Write My Own Will?

I'm sure you have heard this less than eloquent phrase before - "Garbage in, garbage out." The phrase is typically ...

Leaving an Intellectual Inheritance

Most people who amass wealth do not do it so that their heirs can squander it. However, that is what ...

Avoid These Common Estate Planning Mistakes

The most common estate planning mistake may surprise you. "The mistake actually isn't part of the will and trust," said ...

Preventing Long Term Care Policy Lapses

Long term care in a nursing home is extremely expensive. One way to mitigate that expense is to purchase a ...

How Probate Can Get Expensive

There are many reasons to want to avoid probate for your estate. One of them is that probate can get ...

Why Some Incentive Trusts Fail

Incentive trusts are a popular way for people to encourage good behavior from their heirs. However, incentive trusts have limitations ...

Helping Teenagers Who Inherit Wealth

If you give a teenager a large sum of money and tell him or her that it can be spent ...

10 Important Income Tax Changes in 2016

The new year has begun and so has a new tax year. By understanding the latest changes in the tax ...

How to Avoid Sending Your Assets and Loved Ones Into Probate Court

Over the years, we’ve discovered that many people make a BIG mistake, catapulting their assets and loved ones right into ...

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Awaken the Divine Wisdom Within You

We all have access to an unlimited and infinite source of guidance and wisdom.  It comes from a source far ...

THE CULTURAL IMPACT OF MATHEMATICS

THE CULTURAL IMPACT OF MATHEMATICS Lectures by Stanley Cotter UNIT I: MATHEMATICS & THE VISUAL ARTS CHAPTER 1: Geometric Frameworks CHAPTER 2: The School ...

How To Execute With Excellence In 2016.

It is that time of the year when people are coming up with resolutions for the new year and setting ...

Entering Your Inner House

An Excerpt from The Book of SHE by Sara Avant Stover It’s time to learn how to take care of yourself ...