1. Transition to Adulthood: What Happens Legally When My Child Turns 18?

    Soon after the challenges of puberty and the excitement of high school, an even larger milestone looms: the 18th birthday. It marks your child’s transition from childhood to adulthood, and with it new responsibilities and rights. From a legal standpoint, this milestone also brings significant changes that every parent should be aware of.  In the eyes of the law, an indi…Read More

  2. Purchasing Life Insurance For Your Family: What You Need To Know

    Life insurance is a key component of your family’s estate plan, offering those who depend on you for their financial security a safety net in the event of your death. Whether those dependents include your spouse, children, aging parents, business associates, or all of the above, investing in life insurance is a way to say “I love you” and make certain that when you p…Read More

  3. Don’t Leave Your Children With The Babysitter Until You Read This

    As we head into the third year of the pandemic, we are coming to terms with just how fragile our lives and health really are. If you haven’t gotten sick yourself, it’s almost certain you know someone who has, and many of us even know of one or more individuals who have died in the past two years.      Although serious illness and death are something we are always at…Read More

  4. 5 Ways DIY Estate Plans Can Fail & Leave Your Family At Risk—Part 1

    Do a Google search for “digital wills” or “online estate planning,” and you’ll find dozens of different websites offering low-cost, do-it-yourself (DIY) and sometimes even free estate planning documents, such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives.   From LegalZoom® and Rocket Lawyer® to TrustandWill.com and FreeWill.com, these DIY leg…Read More

  5. Putting Your Kids On The Payroll Can Benefit Your Business AND Help You Save Big Money On Your Taxes

    Paying your children—whether they’re tweens, teens, or young adults—to work for your company is one of the greatest advantages of running a family business. By hiring your kids, you can help them develop a strong work ethic, give them experience managing money, and jumpstart their ability to save for their future, all while keeping more wealth in your family.     I…Read More

  6. Preventing Family Conflict And Disputes Over Your Estate Plan

    No matter how well you think you know your loved ones, it’s impossible to predict exactly how they’ll behave when you die or if you become incapacitated. No one wants to believe that their family members would ever end up fighting one another in court over inheritance issues or a loved one’s life-saving medical treatment, but the fact is, we see it all the time.   F…Read More

  7. One of The Greatest Gifts To Your Family Is The Plan For Incapacity

    When it comes to estate planning, most people automatically think about taking legal steps to ensure the right people inherit their stuff when they die. Although that thought is not wrong, it also leaves out a very important piece of planning for life, and perhaps the most critical part of planning.     Planning that’s focused solely on who gets what when you die is ig…Read More

  8. 8 Critical Steps For Hiring Your First Employee

    If you’ve been working as a true solo entrepreneur up until now, it’s time to consider hiring support to leverage to your next level. The moment when a small business owner decides to hire their first employee is one of triumph. Conversely, knowing how to start the hiring process can also be a moment of confusion that either result in more business enjoyment and income…Read More

  9. How to Pass Down Your Family Wealth Legacy During The Holidays

    As you likely already know, but may not have given much thought about, the most important inheritance you provide is so much more than the money you’ll leave behind, but also includes your values, insights, stories, and experience. And, while those things are being passed on happenstance on the daily, we know that intentionally creating a Family Wealth Legacy requires mo…Read More

  10. Think You Are Too Young to Need An Estate Plan? Think Again

    The pandemic has caused Americans to change their behavior in a number of different ways, and one of the most positive of these changes is related to estate planning. For the first time since the study’s inception, Caring.com’s 2021 Wills and Estate Planning Study found that young adults are now more likely to have an estate plan than middle-aged adults. https://www.c…Read More

  11. Estate Planning Must Haves for Parents – Even If You Have Legal Documents  

    A comprehensive estate plan can protect the things that matter most. For many, this means their property and their family.   Including provisions for the care of your children in your estate plan is essential for peace of mind. But many parents struggle with including such provisions as naming a legal guardian for their child in their plan. Indeed, even the fictional pare…Read More

  12. How Estate Planning Can Bring Blended Families Closer

    Yours, mine and ours … in today’s modern family, it’s oh so common. The blended family is the product of 2nd (or more) marriages, in which one or more of the parties comes with children from a prior marriage. And then, they may even go on to have children together.   If you have or are part of a blended family, it’s important to understand how estate planning coul…Read More