How Much is “Rich?” Income Vs. Net Worth

How much money does it take to be wealthy? As I’ve pointed out in previous columns, this is basically an unanswerable question. It depends on too many variables, such as social norms, personal circumstances, accounting methods, lifestyle, and financial...

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...

Market Crashes To Be Expected, Not Feared

A lot of stock market experts are concerned that the market is overheated and ripe for a new bear market. One of those expecting a bear market is Shawn Williams of Motley Fool, in a May 8, 2021, post, “A case is mounting for a big drop in the stock...

Why Paying Executor Is Fair To Estate And Heirs

Does the executor of an estate deserve to be compensated for that service? Absolutely. As last week’s column pointed out, serving as an executor is often a time-consuming, emotionally draining task. Yet the issue of payment for an executor, especially one who is...

The Dubious Honor Of Serving As Executor

I recently heard from a former client who wanted to reengage our services. Naturally, I asked her why. “I was named the executor of my father’s estate last year, and I now have a huge appreciation for what you do.” Whether one is named as the executor or...