According to the most recent data from the U.S. Census, there are over 18 million military veterans in the United States. More than nine million of these veterans are served by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Ironically, serving your country sometimes brings tough economic times to you and your family. And while the VA can offer some wonderful programs—like the Aid and Attendance benefits and Household allowances—the VA does not offer financial planning.
Encourage your student to think about their future financial self. Mid-August is the time of year that our kids pack the U-Haul and head to college. And while they’re excited about a brand-new semester, it can be frightening to see the cost – and rising college debt – that comes with the college experience. What can our college students do to ease the price tag?
Many people perceive trusts as a complex subject better left to their attorney. As a matter of fact, they often think trusts are available only to the wealthy. However, when stripped of all the “bells and whistles,” a trust can be viewed as simply a written contract between one individual, the trustee (or grantor), and another individual called a beneficiary(ies). The trustee’s job is to see that the terms of the trust are faithfully carried out according to the grantor’s wishes. The word “grantor” is another term for the person who sets up the trust and decides (with the help of his or her attorney) what the terms of the trust are going to be.
On July 4th and 5th of 2019, two major earthquakes – in fact the biggest to hit Southern California in decades – reminded us that disasters like earthquakes, floods, tornados, fires, etc. can strike at any time. The two early July quakes registered in at 6.4 and 7.1 and they could be felt from Los Angeles to San Jose. Thankfully, the two quakes hit a sparsely populated region of California and there were no reported casualties – but the results of the quakes are significant enough that they can be seen from space. No matter where you live, it is wise to be prepared for disasters. Here are some tips to help you keep important documents safe and what to do when disaster strikes.
Setting goals can be a tough task, but it is an important step toward securing your financial future. Before we create a financial plan, we'll work together to define and document your goals. Here's a primer to help you get started:
Addressing Care Options Now for Your Aging Parents Will Pay Dividends for Everyone
Whether they want the role or not, adult children often find themselves in the position of primary caregiver for their parents. Unfortunately, many of us are not prepared for that role. We often find ourselves so engrossed in how fast our own children are growing up that it’s sometimes easy to forget that our own parents are also aging.
CREATING AND PRESERVING FAMILY WEALTH: A Practical Approach to Helping Aging Relatives Prepare for the Future
Addressing Care Options Now for Your Aging Parents Will Pay Dividends for Everyone. The best plans for managing the finances of an older relative are made when that individual is still healthy. Once stricken by illness, or frustrated by the loss of mobility and freedom, an older relative may not understand questions or be able to state details of their wishes. Fueled by the uncertainty of what the older relative really wants, the lack of a plan may ignite family arguments.