Category - Family Finances

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Six Creative Beneficiary Designation Ideas
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Find ways to save money when you fund College education
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What you need to know when you acquire debt?
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When Millennials Move Back Home
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Planning For College – Choices and Payment

Six Creative Beneficiary Designation Ideas

The majority of beneficiary designations are straightforward. Spouses leave retirement accounts primarily to each other and contingently divided among their children. If their children have not yet reached the age of majority, a trust may be involved.

For many, these simple and common beneficiary designations are the perfect fit for their wishes. For others, they want something more but haven’t yet thought of it. Here are 6 beneficiary designation ideas to inspire your estate planning creativity.

1. Use per stirpes to include your children’s families.

If you set your contingent beneficiary designations to divide your estate between your children, you …

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Find ways to save money when you fund College education

It is a well-known fact that funding a child’s college education costs tremendous amounts of money these days. No denial about that. I know it first-hand having funded college education for three children in the last eight years! In fact, that is the reason why we all should carefully examine any whichever method that helps us reduce these costs. So, the question is: is there a way you can save money in the process? Thanks to tax laws (and some very recent tax deals), yes you can. While the finest details are in IRS Publication 970, let me try… Read More

What you need to know when you acquire debt?

You may have a great credit score, and perhaps many lenders are eager to offer you debt. Should you jump in and acquire the debt? Not so fast. Acquiring debt puts you in an obligation to pay back in time and as per the terms of the debt. Moreover, if you fail to pay, there are consequences. Also, financial savviness 101 says, “You should never borrow more than what you can afford” and “you should get the best deal possible”. Accordingly, this blog post: to encourage you to think twice, thrice before getting into debt. Perhaps, the checklist below will …

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When Millennials Move Back Home

Cheryl J. Sherrard, CFP was quoted in a September 21st article in the Wall Street Journal, focused on what parents should know, and do, about the financial challenges of boomerang children.

More millennials are spending early adulthood in the same place where they spent their formative years: in their parents’ homes.

It’s crucial that both parties understand the financial implications of this homecoming. For parents, a child’s return often means a greater financial burden, just as the parents may be struggling to meet their own savings and retirement goals. It also can make it more difficult for the millennials to …

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Planning For College – Choices and Payment

Part 1 of this series addressed how parents and family members can sometimes influence a child’s choice of schools through words and actions. Part 2 focused on the myriad of choices and how to assist a child in narrowing the selection to those best suited to help achieve vocation goals. The final segment of this 3 part series will attempt to outline options to think about when paying for a college education. While it may be possible to cover the entire cost of a child and their siblings’ education, it might be worth considering other options that involve the child. …

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