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Tag: Money and family

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...

When Parents Can’t Say No

Watch this video on YouTube “Pleeeeeze?” Your nine-year-old daughter has spent her allowance but is begging you to buy her a toy she “just has to have.” “I really will pay you back this time. I promise.” Your 30-something son,...

How to Help Grandkids Pay for College

Watch this video on YouTube One financial goal held by many of my clients is to help pay for their grandkids’ education. This generosity can foster gratitude and family closeness. Unfortunately, it can also foster resentment and family misunderstandings. Here...

When Kids Ask, Teach Money Lessons

Watch this video on YouTube Do your kids know how much money you make? If not, and they asked, would you feel comfortable telling them? My hunch is that the most common answer to both these questions is “No.” Talking about money is such a strong taboo that...