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Estate planning is not just for your parents or grandparents

It’s easy to think that only older folks need to think about estate planning. Younger adults think they have decades in front of them before health concerns, disabilities or death threaten their families. It’s true the elderly need to ensure their estate planning is in place, but planning should also take priority for those individuals who are young and healthy.

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April Grunden
Thanksgiving: Time to ask these 5 questions

With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, our team wants to say “thank you” for being such a wonderful friend and client of our law firm.

This year we’ve reached more people than ever with our message of having “tough conversations” and the importance of having a plan that ensures your family, wishes and assets stay protected if the unthinkable happens.

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April Grunden
10 habits that are diminishing your success

As entrepreneurs and small business owners, there are numerous hats you wear in a week’s time. It may feel as if you are stretched thin and pulled in every direction. Learning how to be efficient with your time and energy is critical and the key to a business owner’s success over the long haul. Here are 10 habits you can drop today to experience more success:

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April Grunden
Common concerns when naming a guardian for your children

Learn how to handle common difficulties in choosing a guardian.

If you’re a parent, part of your estate planning should include naming a guardian for your children. Many parents put off estate planning because they aren’t able to decide on a guardian. Should something happen to you as parents, the guardian you name would step in and take care of your children. If you have a named guardian, that person would be give the authority, baring any serious reason they shouldn’t, to take care of your child.

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April Grunden
3 simple steps young parents can take to protect their families

As a young family, you spend your days chasing down missing stuffed animals, making snacks, trekking your clan from daycare to play dates to dance classes, and your nights are complete with bath time and bedtime stories. No doubt you have a lot on your mind and at the end of day, you are happy to say you survived. It’s no wonder that some of life’s necessities fall low on the priority list.

There’s good news! To cover your bases and protect your family, young parents don’t need anything fancy. A few simple steps can make the difference.

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April Grunden
Special emphasis aimed at spurring estate planning

Estate planning is an often overlooked element of financial wellness. More than 120 million Americans do not have proper estate plans to protect themselves or their families in the event of sickness, accidents, or untimely death. This costs many families wasted dollars and unnecessary hardship that can be minimized with proper planning.

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April Grunden
Assessing the health of your estate plan

September is Healthy Aging Month and while your thoughts may turn to leafy green foods and more exercise, it's also the perfect time to assess the health of your aging Estate Plan. You may have seen to it that your Last Will & Testament was put in place.... twenty years ago! Maybe you took the time to designate a Healthcare Power of Attorney or someone to look after your finances....decades ago!

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April Grunden
College-bound: What parents need to consider before sending their kids off to college

Many parents consider putting estate plans in place as a vital element for their family’s financial foundation; a means of protecting their loved ones from unnecessary stress, harm and distress in the event of a crisis. Yet many parents aren’t aware that getting an estate plan in place for college-bound students or adult children is just as important. As students start to head back to school, consider a few practical tips to help your child truly be ready for their academic careers.

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April Grunden
How to Tell If Mom or Dad have “Inadequate” Documents

Having outdated and incomplete estate planning documents are the among top reasons that people approach their senior years with a false sense of security thinking everything will be taken care of if something happens to them. It’s just simply not true.

Again, there’s a very good chance that the estate plan mom or dad created 20 years ago will NOT work today to accomplish their goals or objectives.  Most likely, their life circumstances have changed and are not accurately reflected in their documents.

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Do your parents need to update their estate plan?

As our parents get older and begin to lose their independence, many will turn to their adult children to help them navigate the complicated and costly world of long-term and end-of-life care. For adult children already caring for young kids of their own, this new role of “caregiver” can be in a difficult one to assume without the right legal documents in place. 

Talking to older or retired parents about their estate plan isn’t necessarily something we look forward to, but it is of utmost importance to take care of.  Simply put, not having the right documents in place can make caring for mom or dad significantly more difficult and expensive down the road.  From the start, here are a few questions that you will want to gather the answers to.

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