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How to Make a Will Without a Lawyer, Part II

October 27, 2020

In last week’s Retirement Watch Weekly, I presented Part 1 of How To Make a Will Without a Lawyer. Here’s Part 2: Name Guardians for Your Children When a testator has minor children, the will should designate one or more individuals who will serve as guardians for the children if both parents are deceased. It […]

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How to Make a Will Without a Lawyer

October 20, 2020

In a survey taken in 2019, 53% of people who did not have a will said the reason they didn’t have a will was the difficulty of finding an attorney they could trust. However, you don’t need a lawyer to prepare a will for you. You can prepare a will yourself, and there are plenty […]

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Make These Moves to Your Estate Plan Before the Election: Part II

October 13, 2020

In last week’s Retirement Watch Weekly, I presented Make These Moves to Your Estate Plan Before the Election. Let’s jump back in with one move that caught many of our readers by surprise: Adult children who may choose to disclaim their inheritance. Some who disclaim an IRA may not need the money now or are […]

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Make These Moves to Your Estate Plan Before the Election

October 6, 2020

Rarely has the estate planning environment been as uncertain as it is now. The current estate tax law is set to expire after 2025. After that, the lifetime exemption will be cut in half and other changes will be made if Congress doesn’t act. Key income tax breaks also will expire after 2025 without congressional […]

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How Much Does Long-Term Care Insurance Cost?

August 31, 2020

Long-term care is a system of personal services and medical care provided to someone who is cognitively impaired or can’t perform two or more of the six activities of daily living (ADLs). The ADLs are dressing, bathing, eating, walking, toileting, and transferring (such as moving from a bed to a chair without help). Despite the […]

Is Long-Term Care Insurance Worth It?

August 31, 2020

As an individual ages, a decision must be made about whether or not to buy long-term care insurance (LTCI). Long-term care is the provision of personal services and medical care to someone who is cognitively impaired or can’t perform two or more of the six activities of daily living (ADLs). The ADLs are dressing, bathing, […]

Does Medicare Cover Long-Term Care?

August 31, 2020

Medicare is the primary medical insurance for most Americans ages 65 and over. But does Medicare cover the expensive costs of long-term care? The possibility of needing long-term care, and having to pay for that care, is one of the great fears of older Americans. Understanding exactly which long-term care costs Medicare will cover, and […]

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Estate Planning for Those with Special Needs: The Special Needs Trust

August 24, 2020

In last week’s edition of Retirement Watch Weekly, I presented Estate Planning for Those with Special Needs. There are other important provisions for proper estate planning in this scenario, so let’s dive right in. Living trusts become more important to those with chronic illness or conditions. These trusts allow a co-trustee to manage trust assets […]

November 2020:

Congress Comes for your Retirement Money

A devastating new law has just been enacted, with serious consequences for anyone holding an IRA, pension, or 401(k). Fortunately, there are still steps you can take to sidestep Congress, starting with this ONE SIMPLE MOVE.
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