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Weekly Column

Will A Senior Living Facility Cost Your Kids An Inheritance?

One popular money script is, “I need to leave an inheritance to my kids.” Yet choices that parents make based on this money script can actually result in both failing to leave an inheritance and even costing children money. Here is one way that might happen. My town...

Charging What Your Services Are Worth

I recently had a somewhat difficult conversation with a vendor about the hourly fee she charged me. The challenge? Convincing her to raise her rates. She had contracted with me for about 18 months at the same hourly fee. I was pleased with her work. I also knew she...

Reduce Your Risk For Life-Shattering Financial Crisis

Last week I addressed the gravity of the increased risk of suicide after experiencing a personal financial crisis. This underscores the seriousness with which we all need to approach making financial decisions, especially those involving high-risk speculative...

Financial Crisis and the Risk of Suicide

“I lost over $450,000, I cannot pay the bank, I’ll become homeless. Suicide is the only way out.” This desperate plea summarizes one of the top posts a few months ago on a Reddit forum for the cryptocurrency Terra Luna. Like other cryptocurrencies, it has recently...

Are Unequal Inheritances Fair?

It’s not very often that I see an estate plan that treats children unequally. When I do, it is usually because a parent is estranged from one child and leaves him or her nothing. In estate planning, “equal” isn’t necessarily the same as “fair.” Recently, a client I’ll...

What Is True About Money

“What is true about money?” A flippant answer to this question might be something like, “That I ought to have more of it.” Going a little deeper, however, we can come up with a list of characteristics, truisms if you will, to describe what money is and is not. Some of...