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Why It’s Important to Keep Your Spouse in the Loop

I’ve been married to my wife for almost 7 years, and early on in our marriage she once jokingly said, “don’t learn how to do something you don’t want to do the rest of your life”.  Somehow, I ended up being the only one that knows how to use the lawnmower.  In practice it actually […]

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Working Wealthy – Patience

I am not a patient person. Just ask my wife, kids, co-workers, family, pedestrians I’m walking next to and the guy parallel parking in front of me. I think you get the point. Why is that? Why am I so anxious for certain things to happen in life that I miss all the good stuff […]

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InvestmentNews awards BDF 2019 Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers

Balasa Dinverno Foltz LLC has been recognized as a 2019 Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers as announced by InvestmentNews April 1, 2019. BDF was chosen as one of this year’s top-75 based on employer and employee surveys delving into everything from company culture, benefits, career paths and more. InvestmentNews partnered with Best Companies Group, an independent research […]

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Tips for Buying Travel Insurance

With Spring Break on the horizon, many families are hustling to pack their bags, load up the family mini-van, and get out of Dodge for the week. And if they’re really in a hurry to escape the never-ending Midwest winter, hopping on the first flights out to the beach. With all of the planning that […]

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3 Tips to Protect the Identity of a Deceased Person

When a loved one dies, it’s always too soon.  The grieving process is difficult, and when you factor in that loved ones now need to sort through finances, it can be very stressful. This is the time when many are vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks. You would think that after someone dies, their identity cannot be […]

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Working Wealthy – Who’s the Best Coach?

I took my daughter ice skating recently. Ever since she caught the skiing bug, she has been determined to try ice skating. Having played hockey nearly my entire childhood and through college, I was thrilled she wanted to try something I thought I knew a lot about. However, I quickly learned that knowing a lot […]

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New Year, New Tax Law for Divorcing Individuals

As we get settled into 2019, we’re faced with fresh changes to the tax code, brought about by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017. One of the biggest changes that became effective as of January 1 is how alimony is treated in divorces finalized in 2019 and beyond. Before January 1, 2019, […]

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5 Easy Tasks That Should Have Been Part of Your 2019 Resolutions

Most New Year’s resolutions are busted by now. There are a million reasons why the ambition of late December drains so hastily with the turn of the calendar. Maybe people really don’t have time to spend an hour at the gym every day and lay out calculated meals seven days in advance. Perhaps a child […]

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How Wise Lawyers Think About Their Money

It’s human nature to wonder what other successful people are doing.  This is especially true of lawyers where precedent is such a powerful concept.  With that in mind, here are some key habits of the most financially savvy lawyers I’ve known. 1. Focus on what you can control So much of our lives, especially our […]

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State Estate Taxes – Will You Have to Pay?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 made the federal estate tax less relevant from a planning perspective, since it raised each person’s exemption from the tax to over $11 million.  So, estate taxes are nothing to worry about, right?  Not so fast, since thirteen states levy their version of the tax.  That is […]

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Key Planning for the Youngest in the Family

Sending your young adults off to college, especially when it is for the first time, can be hectic.  The focus is usually on getting signed up for the right classes and moving a car load of belongings into a small dorm room.  These are really important and the to-do list for setting up your college […]

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“The Process” for Lawyers – Part II

It’s college football season, which is my favorite time of the year.  When football season rolls around I tend to make everything into a football-based metaphor – even retirement planning.  In my last blog post I wrote about “the process” for lawyers to help build a strong financial future which centered on a couple of […]

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