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Estate planning is crucial for parents with children with special needs. Parents want to give support to their children to develop through the years and continue after their parents are gone. Parents with children with special needs have an even bigger challenge, according to the Austin American Statesman in “How... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Surprenant & Beneski
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How do you help you and your family in the next phase of life? You’ve taken care of your children from their infancy through their college years. What more should you do for them? While you are planning for your later years, you can also make things easier for them,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Surprenant & Beneski
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Digital could remain forever, unless action is taken. The digital world has created many new issues which have an impact on almost everyone in today’s world. Unlike your other assets, digital isn’t a tangible item and could exist forever, according to the Press-Republican in “The great digital beyond.” Digital is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Surprenant & Beneski
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Continue to support your family and reduce some stress. A legacy is the culmination of our lives stored in the hearts and memories of those we knew and loved. Much of your legacy is how you finish your final years and the support you give your family, according to The... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Surprenant & Beneski
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Many Americans don’t know about them or fail to use them, despite the advantages.Even though health saving accounts (HSA) are an excellent retirement tool, many people still don’t know about them or take advantage of them, according to CBS Moneywatch in “Many savers missing out on the HSA’s benefits for... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Surprenant & Beneski
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Celebrities including Marlon Brando, Prince and Florence Griffith-Joyner should have had up-to-date estate plans. It is not just celebrities who make big mistakes, when it comes to failing to keep an estate plan up to date, according to Kiplinger in “6 Estate-Planning Mistakes Celebrities Made.” It could happen to anybody,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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Saving over time is a good way to create security. National 401(k) Day and Grandparent’s Day in September were special days to teach grandchildren about saving, but every day presents some kind of teachable moment, according to the Tuscon.com in “Retirement Planning: A 401(k) Day message.” One point you should... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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Do you have digital assets but aren’t sure if you should do something to protect them? Even though your digital assets may not seem important, it is best to give them special consideration and include them in your estate plan, according to The St. Louis American in “Have you done... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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Meryl Streep had little time to prepare for her role, but gave a truly fine performance. Nora Ephron, author of many fine films, turned out to be an expert when it came to planning her “exit” with detail, according to Next Avenue in “What Nora Ephron Can Teach Us About... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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You cannot control the action of an adult child, but you can prepare for it. No matter how close family members may be, they do not always agree with your viewpoints and that can create some real problems in later years. However, those problems can be avoided, according to “Aging... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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It can be the best of times and it can be the worst of times. When the kids head off to college, you will find that the move will have an impact on your finances and how you handle those changes may well have an impact on your future, according... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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The market may be ready for an adjustment and you and your retirement plan should be as well. We know that sooner or later, there will be a market correction. However, if you are getting anywhere near retirement, you need to be prepared to make adjustments to your retirement plans,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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The settling of the pop artist’s $60 million estate is likely to take years. Attorneys for artist Robert Indiana’s estate have a lot of questions for people close to the artist about the handling of his assets. That is expected to take a long time to get squared away, according... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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Many men hesitate, when it comes to creating an estate plan. It is difficult for many people in America to begin the process of creating an estate plan. However, included in the list of those who procrastinate, are fathers who fail to set up a plan, in the event they... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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It can be expensive for you and you might want to talk to other family members about the finances. The primary caregiver for an elderly family member needs to go into the position, knowing it will be costly to them as well, according to The Motley Fool in “The High... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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You need a POA, if you are an adult. It doesn’t matter what stage of life you are in. If you are an adult, you always should have a power of attorney, according to Benefits Pro in “Designating powers of attorney: Selection, documentation, and communication best practices.” The power of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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If you don’t have a relationship, you need to look at your options for retirement. If you are not married, do not have a life partner and do not have children, you need to take a different look at your retirement package, according to ABC Action News in “Single? How... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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A plan is needed to pass farm and ranch family operations from one generation to the next. The Nebraska Extension office has developed a number of resources to support farm and ranch families that do not have a succession plan, according to TheFencePost.com in “Extension helping Nebraska farm families plan... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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Laws vary from state to state, so it would be wise to consult with an estate planning attorney on where you stand legally. Many people who retire, prefer to reside in a warmer climate in the winter if they reside in a colder climate the rest of the year. However,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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It’s that time of year again — time to reassess whether your Medicare plan is working for you and to jump ship if it isn’t. Medicare’s open enrollment period runs from October 15 to December 7. During this period, you may enroll in a Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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It’s that time of year again — time to reassess whether your Medicare plan is working for you and to jump ship if it isn’t. Medicare’s open enrollment period runs from October 15 to December 7. During this period, you may enroll in a Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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Only 54% of pastors nearing retirement age have a will. A survey conducted by the Southern Baptist Foundation has found an estate planning contradiction among its pastors, who believe people should create an estate plan but don’t have one themselves, according to the Baptist Press in “Young or old, many... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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An estate plan can leave you a legacy, as well as protect your heirs from having to make difficult decisions in difficult times. Once again, an entertainer with considerable assets has passed away without an estate plan. The recent passing of Aretha Franklin without a will or trust despite having... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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Mistakes are easy to make when it comes to your benefits so approach the issue carefully. A person in the U.S. works to earn Social Security benefits. It would be a good idea to approach decisions on your benefits carefully, according to the Independent Record in “Don’t Make These 4... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski
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It doesn’t just kick in. You have some work to make it happen. Retirement is a general word that includes Medicare, Social Security and many other retirement options and those can become challenging and confusing, according to newsok.com in “The ABCs (And D’s) of Medicare and other retirement questions answered.”... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at Surprenant & Beneski