Having the

As families gather together for the upcoming holidays and consider what to give each other, one invaluable gift is often overlooked.   It is a loving and open conversation about the future, in which family members discuss sensitive issues about how the family plans to face the aging, illness, and mortality of its members.

Families . . . → Read More: Having the “Conversation” is a priceless holiday gift

Planning protects you from the Four "D"s

We live in a society that increasingly places us at high financial risk. The statistics are eye-opening.

Forty percent of first marriages end in divorce, as do 60 percent of second marriages. We continue to pile up enormous consumer debt, unable to repay about $22.5 billion of it. We spend about $310 billion a . . . → Read More: Planning protects you from the Four “D”s

Summer Vacation Planning: If the Unexpected Happens?

“The trouble is, you think you have time.” – Jack Kornfield, Buddha’s Little Instruction Book

Summer has arrived, and many of us are already harried with planning the details of our  upcoming vacation trips.   Columnist Susan Heller has quipped: “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money.  Then . . . → Read More: Summer Vacation Planning: If the Unexpected Happens?

Surprise! Who Gets Your Property If You Have No Will?

A Will is a gift you leave those you love.

So many of us never get around to making a will.   We may just assume (or hope) that it will all work out for the best and that the people we love the most eventually will get our stuff anyway.   But that is . . . → Read More: Surprise! Who Gets Your Property If You Have No Will?

New year, new chance to prepare your family

New Year is a hopeful time of new beginnings, when we resolve to stop procrastinating and bring more order to our chaotic lives.   Over 90% of resolutions fail because we don’t identify specific and attainable goals, and take a one-step-at-time approach to achieving them.

We all worry about not leaving our affairs in a . . . → Read More: New year, new chance to prepare your family