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Money and Marriage

Money and Marriage

Why do so many couples have trouble talking about money? In a survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, 68 percent of the people responding held negative views toward having a discussion about money with a fiancé. Five percent of them even felt that it might lead to cancelling the wedding.
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Kids, Chores and an Allowance

Kids, Chores and an Allowance

There seems to be an ongoing debate over whether or not a child should be paid to do chores. Most people feel a child should be expected to help out around the house because they are part of the family, not because they get paid to do it. You don’t want to create little mercenaries who balk at helping unless they are paid to do it. But an allowance that is just handed out becomes just that – a handout – and doesn’t help a child learn the connection between work and pay. 
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Check Your Beneficiary Designations

Check Your Beneficiary Designations

I regularly urge readers to organize their estates and I’ve talked at length about including all assets in that planning, so I would be remiss not to mention an important piece of estate organization advice. Make a habit of periodically checking the beneficiary designations on your life insurance policies – as well as other financial accounts for which you may have beneficiaries. The reason for this is that these designations bypass your will. That means that the proceeds of the insurance are not controlled by your will but rather the beneficiary designation listed on your policy.
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Should You Consider a Trust?

Should You Consider a Trust?

When most people hear the word “trust,” they think of the ultra wealthy. And for good reason. Many wealthy people use trusts to protect their assets from estate taxes and other financial threats, and to pass along fortunes to children and dependents. But trusts can be used for a number of purposes beyond just saving on estate taxes. Here are a few of the reasons you might want to consider a trust as part of your financial and estate plan. I’ve also included a brief description of some of the types of trusts people have used in these situations.
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Living the Legacy

Living the Legacy

Family traditions are a wonderful way in which to tell the story of a family. They are also a great way to provide a sense of identity for all the members of a family, young or old, near or far. The purpose of a tradition is to create something that is special, something extra that lifts a family activity or event above the ordinary. But it doesn’t have to be big. A family tradition can be as simple as the ritual of a bedtime story or family dinnertime. It’s the communication and the sharing, the thought and intentionality that are important. And those are the qualities that will be remembered.
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