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If You Don’t Have a Will, Healthcare Proxy, and Power of Attorney, You’d Better Read This!

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I recently went through the heavy and mournful experience of making end-of-life decisions for a close family friend. Luckily, she had planned for the worst and provided clear instructions to the appropriate people about her wishes. It made things a bit easier, but it really drove home the importance of planning ahead and crafting a […]

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Could Inflation Put You in the Poorhouse?

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In these uncertain economic times, I often get questions from clients about hyperinflation and whether to be worried about it. While the US has experienced periods of higher inflation in the past (many people remember the ‘70s, when prices went up an average of 7 percent a year), over the past 30 years inflation has […]

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2011 Key Tax Planning Numbers

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Here are your  2011 Key Tax Planning Numbers to get a head start on the new year.  This piece lists key figures for 2010 and 2011 in the following planning areas: Individual income tax planning Investment planning Education planning Retirement planning Business planning Estate planning Protection planning Government benefits See Your 2011 Key Planning Numbers

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The New Estate Tax Rules: Your Plan for 2011

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Congress approved a new Estate Tax law last Thursday, December 17 2010 after nearly a year of speculation about its future. The new rules provide for a $5 million dollar exemption with a top tax-rate of 35%. This is obviously a far cry from the $1 million dollar exemption and 55% maximum rate originally scheduled […]

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