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A 7-Point Checklist for Your Estate Plan

When it comes to estate planning, executing your will and other estate documents is only the first step. To help ensure that your estate plan stays in tune with your goals and needs, it’s important to review and update it on an ongoing basis. Working with your financial advisor and attorney, use this checklist as a starting point to keep your estate plan in good shape.

Your Financial Affairs: What Your Children Should Know

Many parents may find it uncomfortable, or even believe it is unnecessary, to inform their children about personal finance matters. Yet, communicating openly with your family members can help to reassure them about your financial and health care wishes. This may also ease the decision-making process for your family in many important areas.

Tax and Retirement Planning for Families with a Stay-at-Home Spouse

If your wife or husband does not have paid employment, your family may have to do some additional planning to minimize your tax bill, while ensuring that you are saving enough for retirement to cover the needs of both partners.

5 Signs You Need A Financial Planner

Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

When Your Spouse Dies: Taking the Helm

One of the most difficult experiences in life is the loss of a spouse. In addition to grieving the loss of your partner, you may also feel overwhelmed by the need to make important financial decisions that could have a lasting impact on your financial future. While no one can ever be completely prepared to deal with loss, especially when compounded by legal and financial concerns, there are steps you can take to ease the burden of additional stressors that you may encounter at this time.

Accentuate Your Pension

Retiring well is the best reward for a lifetime of hard work. But a successful retirement doesn't just happen--it is the result of careful planning.

Life Insurance: Changing Times, Changing Needs

Consider your current life insurance policy. When did you take it out? Is your coverage up to date? Have your beneficiaries changed? Has your estate grown? 

Beyond your IRA: An Alternative Way to Save for Retirement

Is there a better fit for your retirement savings than an Individual Retirement Account?

Relax, Your Social Security Benefits Are Safe

But it's still important for you to pace your claiming strategy in order to get the most money you can. 

Long-Term Care: Better Safe Than Sorry

What to keep in mind as you enter your "golden years."