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Lawyers Financial Freedom Checklist

Financial freedom.  Everyone wants it.  As a lawyer, what should you be doing now to achieve that freedom?  It depends on where you are in your career and how close you are to retirement.  Here are the top three saving strategies for attorneys you should have on your checklist, based on your career stage. Associates […]

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Child’s UTMA is Ending – What Protection Exists?

Uniform Transfers to Minors Act, or UTMA, accounts are a popular way to hold investments and bank accounts for minors.  Such accounts are owned by the minor but controlled by a designated adult custodian.  The minor becomes the outright owner of the account assets when he or she reaches the age of majority specified in […]

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Top 2 Tax Changes That May Affect Your Retirement

There are likely substantial retirement account changes on the horizon which will alter planning for all current and future retirees.  Recently, the House passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement or SECURE Act. The SECURE Act is expected to pass the Senate in the coming months. The two most wide-reaching changes in the […]

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Honoring the Memory of a Loved One

When we lose someone that we love, we miss out on all the future memories that we never get to create together.  In many ways, this is difficult and unfair.  However, this doesn’t mean that the memories need to stop.  Here are some ways to preserve the memories of loved ones we have lost: Tell […]

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Working Wealthy – The Estate

One of the foundations of personal financial planning is estate planning. For some, it can be an unpleasant topic. Just ask my wife—she put up with my nagging and cajoling for nearly six months before we put our plan in place. I can’t blame her, pondering one’s own mortality is not an everyday task. In […]

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Should I Keep the House?

One of the biggest questions and potential points of contention when going through a divorce is: what happens with the family home? Finances for any successful couple are bound to be complex and challenging to unwind. It’s prudent to keep in mind the entire potential divorce settlement including child and spousal support as well as […]

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College Send Off: The Tool You Need to Stay Informed

Summer feels like it just started, and back-to-school is already around the corner. Whether you are dropping off your fifth child for the first time at college – or your first child for the fifth time – you’re ready for this. You made good decisions along the way and tackled a lot: Filled out your […]

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Theo’s 20% Rule

I’m a lifelong Cubs fan as required by my grandfather who took me to my first Cubs game back when you could buy a bleacher ticket for $3 and bring your own cooler full of drinks into Wrigley Field (Grandpa Tom liked his Old Style). Wow, have times changed. My 12-year-old son Kevin and I […]

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What Do Financial Professionals Do With That Legacy Whole Life Policy They Own?

“What do I do with this whole life insurance policy I have?” I am constantly asked this question when I work with financial professionals (private equity professionals, investment bankers, and asset managers). Within this industry, a lot of professionals are sold this policy early in their career to protect a budding family and save money, […]

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Common Money Mistakes Lawyers Make

As a lawyer, you spend your career climbing the ladder from first-year associate to (hopefully) equity partner.  But have you spent enough time thinking about life after the law?  Are you taking a proactive approach to retirement planning?  Here are some common retirement planning mistakes that lawyers often experience. Starting too late As a lawyer, […]

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Long Term Care: Traditional or Hybrid Policies?

Long Term Care Environment Shifting Towards Hybrid Plans When reviewing our client’s insurance coverages, a question we’re often asked is whether to purchase long-term care coverage. To answer that question there are a lot of factors to consider from your family health history to your experience dealing with a loved one going through that difficult […]

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Your Beneficiary Designations – Are They Correct?

Beneficiary designations are an extremely important component of an estate plan.  They are found on many types of assets such as IRAs, 401Ks, life insurance and annuities and designate who receives the asset after the account owner passes away.  The primary advantage of a beneficiary designation is that asset ownership transfers without the complexities and […]

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