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To Defer or Not to Defer

The uncertainty over future State and Federal Tax Rates is creating more client questions regarding deferred compensation plans. Over the past month, a couple of high-earning, commission based insurance producers asked for guidance with the decision to participate in their company’s non-qualified deferred compensation plan. Unfortunately, the decision to participate is not as straight forward […]

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Social InSecurity?

It often seems that everywhere you look, you’re confronted by headlines about the impending “collapse” of Social Security. There is often so much negative information presented, it’s hard to fully understand the reality of the situation. We’re here to help. Social Security “Bankruptcy” One of the most frequently cited Social Security statistics is that it’s […]

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Working Wealthy – What’s My Number?

Situationally speaking, this question might get different answers from different groups of people. I can still recite the phone number of my childhood home and the number of my best friend. Neither of us has lived at those addresses for over 20 years, but numbers have a funny way of sticking with a person. Others […]

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You May Be ABLE to Take Advantage of This Investment Account

Earlier in the year the Achieving Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) was passed into law allowing individuals with disabilities to fund a tax-advantaged savings account that could be used to pay for certain qualified disability expenses. An ABLE account works similarly to a 529 College Savings Plan, where the account is funded with post-tax dollars […]

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Retirement Savings for Lawyers… A New Meaning to Diversification

Lawyers are generally good at saving for retirement.  Case in point: The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) estimates that the mean average retirement savings in the US is $95,776. According to a source from ABA Retirement, the average law firm 401(k) account balance is more than double that.  Many seasoned law firm partners have even built […]

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Communication is Key to a Family Business

It is has been said that 70% of family-owned businesses do not make it past the second generation and 90% do not make it past the third.  Why does that happen?  Is it because the product or service becomes outdated or that new competition arrives?  Most often, it comes down to a lack of communication. […]

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