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The ins and outs of a living will

It's easy to believe that a living will and a traditional will are one in the same. However, as you learn more about both, you'll come to find that nothing could be further from the truth.

A living will, also known as a health care directive, is a legal document that outlines the type of medical treatment you want to receive in the event that you are unable to communicate your desires as the result of a serious injury or illness.

Robin Williams' Estate Plan Has Problems That Can't Be Fixed

Mork on TimeRobin Williams was THE comedian if you are a Gen-Xer like me. We grew up watching Mork & Mindy. And those of us who live in Boulder have, since his death, gone by the Mork & Mindy house and said our farewells there. What do we have to criticize about Robin Williams' Estate? First, let me make my motives clear.

Estate Planning! The Cure to Unhappiness about Thick Stacks of Legal Papers!

That's about right at, say, 3"Most of us think, "thick stack of legal papers"? Ugh! "No, thank you!" But when it comes to estate planning, it's just the opposite. You see, legal problems in estates are often caused not by bad estate planning, but by Failure-To-Plan ("FTP"), even in estates where the person or couple thought they'd done everything right.

How Forbes Got Major Errors in Estate Planning Wrong - Part II

Online or DIY Rather Than Professionals

There are dozens upon dozens of websites that will profess to offer you just the right discounted estate planning documents... Internet sites can provide you with documents but no actual advice that fits you in the context of your specific financial and personal life. What happens when the laws change? Does the document create an unnecessary tax if the state and federal law diverge substantially? Also, use an experienced estate attorney. Forbes.com

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We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get more of it. But not many of those ideas are based on science (simply meaning proven-by-research here). That's where this new online course comes in.

How Forbes Got "Major Errors in Estate Planning" Wrong

F Forbes recently shared its list of 7 Major Errors in Estate Planning. I'd like to share them, one at a time, with comments, and then add a couple they missed. Rather than swamp you with a treatise, here's one that I really feel passionate about.

Estate Planning Technology Develops Quickly

Law BooksWhen people think of technology, they think of a fast-paced, growing field. When they think of the law, they tend to think of stagnant printed volumes of laws stacked together in a library. The difference between the pace of technological development in space technology and estate planning technology is not as great as many imagine.

Retirement Accounts are Limited in Their Investment Choices

First, let me share the fabulous news about "Retirement Accounts" then the bad news that I have to tell all the people who ask me about investment choices in a Retirement Account.

Tax-free Versus Tax-deferred


Retirement Accounts - 401(k)s, (403(b)s, IRAs and others - have wonderful tax advantages. Some allow you to put pre-tax money into an account, which then grows tax-free for years or evendecades until you withdraw it. When you withdraw it, you pay tax on the withdrawal. So they aren't "tax-free", they're "tax-deferred."

Holidays with Your Parents: Next Steps

It's that time of year again. No matter what your religion or traditions, you may be planning to use time off from work to visit with family including your parents. Some children will notice their parents slipping - unable to process things the way they used to. Other parents will appear just fine but you'll still worry about the what-ifs.

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