Failing To Make A Will: A Final Act of Unkindness

We’ve made it to the middle of January, that time of year that is the graveyard for so many New Year’s resolutions. Even if you abandon any other resolutions you may have made, though, please consider carrying out a very important one. Resolve to make a...

Conscious Bequests: Inheritances That Help, Not Harm

One of the biggest conundrums of estate planning is considering how, or even if, you can give money or property to your heirs in a manner that will help them. How can leaving money to someone not be helpful? Research shows that receiving a lot of money can certainly...

Are South Dakota Trusts Immoral “Tax Havens”?

South Dakota has certainly been in the news recently. Coverage of the leaked “Pandora Papers” included headlines like “How South Dakota became a global tax haven,” “South Dakota Is a Moral Sewer and Should Be Abolished,” and...

Leaving Money Wisely To A Spendthrift Heir

A common estate-planning question is whether it makes sense to leave inheritances with strings attached. My typical answer is “it depends.” It’s natural to want your legacy to be used wisely, but trying to control from beyond the grave can have...

Why We Don’t Plan For The Inevitable

Why do we put off taking action that is important to our financial health? Last week we explored some of the financial “emergencies” that can be avoided with planning or prevention. It’s easy to understand why planning is so important. It’s less easy...

Avoid “Emergency Room” Financial Planning

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Most of us are familiar with this tidbit of immense wisdom. That doesn’t necessarily mean we follow it when it comes to either our physical or our financial health. According to a Modern Healthcare...