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What Prince’s Estate Can Teach Us About Estate Planning

Music genius Prince, aka The Great Purple One, aka Prince Rogers Nelson, seemed to have everything, even his own custom shade of purple created just for him. But what the musician left behind after his untimely death in 2016 was a big legal mess, since Prince apparently never drafted a Trust or Will indicating who […]

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Quote Of The Week: Connecting With The Next Generation

“59% of investors believe their children and grandchildren should meet their financial advisor by the age of 25.” Spectrem Group, a Chicago-based research firm specializing in wealthy investor psychology and behavior, “$25 Million Plus Investor Report,” April 2021   Does that quote surprise you? The truth is that as many of America’s well-off baby boomers age, their thoughts turn to […]

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Mari Talks to CNBC About Why 529 Plans Are a Great Way to Transfer Wealth

Mari spoke with CNBC last week about why 529 plans can be a great way to transfer wealth to younger generations. You may already be familiar with 529 plans as the best way for most American families to save for college. But 529s also have incredible tax advantages that make them ideal for passing on […]

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3 Steps You Can Take For World Alzheimer’s Day

Monday, September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day. If you’ve had friends or family members who have suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, that makes it a very meaningful day of the year. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Almost two-thirds of those affected are women. It is the […]

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Elderly Care in Times of Pandemic

We’re pleased to share with you a guest blog from our colleague Linda Ames Lyon, CFP®, MBA. Linda serves as Associate Advisor with Mercer Advisors in its Washington D.C. branch. She writes about the very personal journey she went through with her husband as they discovered her aging mother-in-law needed a higher level of care. […]

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Been Putting Off Your Estate Planning? Now Is A Good Time To Get It Done.

Have you been putting off your estate planning? Many people have. Less than one-half of all adults have drafted a Will. Many families with young children have no instructions in place for who should step in as guardian if something happens to them. Without your own estate plan, state laws and probate courts will make key […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Big IRA Overhaul Expected This Weekend

A major IRA, 401(k), and retirement overhaul is expected this weekend, catching almost everyone in the financial and retirement affairs community by surprise. After months of inaction, Washington insiders expect Congress to pass the long-delayed SECURE Act. Retirees could see a total revamp of IRA and Required Minimum Distributions rules, some positive, some definitely negative. […]

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What’s A Trusted Contact, And Why Do I Need One?

Several of our clients are receiving reminders from Charles Schwab & Co. to name a Trusted Contact for their accounts. Here’s some information to help you understand what a Trusted Contact is, and why you should consider naming one. What’s a Trusted Contact? A “Trusted Contact” is a person that you authorize your brokerage firm […]

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Think You’ll Inherit? What You Think May Be All Wrong

Many Americans may have an unrealistic view of how much they’ll inherit, and that’s especially true of millennials, or the generation born between 1981 and 1996. There seems to be a huge disconnect between what millennials think they’ll inherit and what’s actually on the way, writes Rose Kennedy for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, quoting Adam Financial […]

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How Caregiving Duties Are Pushing More Women Out Of The Workforce

Many working age women (and men) – and quite a few of our clients – are caring for aging parents. That’s a difficult and often exhausting job. A recent New York Times article on the reality of caregiving (“Why Aren’t More Women Working? They’re Caring for Parents”) showed how women caregivers are often forced to drop […]

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