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The “Golden” Medicare Years

Turning age 65 is a monumental time in life. For many it means years of hard work paying off in the form of retirement and entering the “golden years”.  Age 65 is monumental in another way – Medicare eligibility. This is the time when most people will transfer from private health insurance to government insurance. […]

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Working Wealthy – Lessons from Backpacking

I recently had the good fortune to go backpacking in the Wasatch National Forest for the first time in my life. While I have been “car camping” and hiking for years, I have never put every necessity into a backpack and headed out into the wilderness to camp. Being a financial planner, naturally I related […]

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Top 5 Attributes to Retire Well

Last week I attended a retirement party for John, a long-time client and friend that I cannot seem to forget about. The party was like a back yard wedding you would see in the movies. There was a big white tent, a great live band, and of course, plenty of food and drinks with well […]

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401(K) Must-Do’s

The 401(k) plan has been a long-time cornerstone in the retirement investment portfolio for Americans. At its foundation, it’s an employer sponsored savings plan that allows investors to siphon off a portion of their paycheck, either on a pre-tax or after-tax basis, into a tax-deferred investment account. While this is the most basic construct of […]

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Catching the Rain

Every lawyer knows the importance of rainmaking. It’s a ubiquitous discussion topic in law firm land.  Virtually every legal industry conference features sessions on rainmaking best practices and consultants crisscross America training the future rainmakers of Big Law. Rainmaking matters.  It greatly impacts your compensation and capacity to create wealth. While rainmaking largely drives how […]

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4 Questions to Evaluate Your Long-Term Care Plan

The AARP and AICPA recently conducted surveys to gauge retirees’ biggest concerns. Number one was running out of money which is not too big of a surprise. However, number two was health and long-term care planning – not losing a loved one, staying busy in their next phase, finding time to be with family and […]

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Working Wealthy – Don’t Be A Bank

A wonderful client of BDF once shared with me the following fable. I was reminded of it recently and how much it applies to modern day. Hundreds of years ago in a faraway village, there was a man who lived in a house. The man in the house was the wealthiest man in the village. […]

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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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