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When Couples Are Not Financial Equals

References to income and wealth inequality generally focus on how unevenly income and wealth are distributed throughout a population. The greater the gap between those at the top and the bottom, the more problematic it can be to the social health of a country. In a...

Financial Infidelity: When Money Secrets Add Up To Betrayal

Someone who wouldn’t dream of betraying their spouse or partner by having an illicit affair may be risking the relationship in another way: by committing financial infidelity. Being financially unfaithful to a partner has the potential to be just as damaging to the...

Money And What Makes Life Worth Living

What makes life worth living? This question is at the heart of financial life planning and financial therapy. I remember my late mentor Dick Wagner, CFP, talking about reviewing a person’s financial statement during a visit to Japan. Along with the normal...

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 High Financial Cost of Gray Divorce

I spend a lot of focus helping my clients protect their hard-earned assets from the reach of a frivolous lawsuit. The chance of such a lawsuit in the US is always a risk when a person with a nest egg is perceived as “rich” and someone who “could...