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Estate Planning

How Do You Protect Your Finances From Yourself As You Age?

One of the saddest experiences for a financial advisor is watching an elderly client decline and, despite our best efforts, being unable to protect them from themselves. I wrote in 2007 about an elderly client who fired me when she was failing cognitively but still...

Suddenly Single, With Wealth—Is There a Problem Here? Part One

Recently, a newly divorced woman in her 50’s asked me if I knew of any good books for middle-aged, single woman of wealth. My eloquent answer was, “Um, er . . . .” Others might have more flippant responses like, “Why? Where’s the problem?” It may be hard to empathize...

Why Inheriting the Family Home Can Be a Bad Idea

For many of us, our home is more than just a piece of property. It holds deep memories and emotional meaning, especially if we raised our families there. For this reason, estate planning discussions often include leaving the family home to the kids. This can be a way...

What’s Worse Than Having No Will? Having Two

Estate planning matters. Not having a will can leave surviving family members to struggle with legal complexities, increased costs, and strained relationships as they make decisions that they can only hope the deceased would have approved. It adds pain and heartache....

Maintaining Elder Independence Without Burdening Your Family

As we age, what does staying independent look like? This is a tale of two families, similar in political and religious beliefs, income, and net worth, who approached aging very differently. The first family had a culture of self-reliance. As they aged, the parents...

How Money Scripts Affect Funeral Planning

The unconscious beliefs we hold around money affect our financial choices throughout our lives—and even beyond. Our money scripts have an impact on the way we think about final expenses for our loved ones and ourselves. I was reminded of this as I read about a recent...