Author - Claire Emory, MBA, CFA, CFP®

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Why You Need Long-Term Care Insurance
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Here’s How You Ease the Stress of Tax Season
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Should You Put Your Retirement Before Your Child’s College Education?
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Here’s Why Women Should Make Financial Planning a Priority
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Discussing Estate Planning with Your Adult Children

Why You Need Long-Term Care Insurance

When you visit a Fee-Only financial planner to talk about your financial future and retirement planning, there is a good chance that person will ask if you have long-term care insurance.

If you wonder why a financial advisor would ask you about a specific kind of insurance, remember that medical care, which can be a major expense and at age, can become even more costly as a person gets older. People are living longer these days, but getting older could mean that you are no longer in the best of health and may need continuous medical care. Even …

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Here’s How You Ease the Stress of Tax Season

Even with an extra two days added onto the traditional tax deadline of April 15th (because the 15th is Sunday and the 16th is a holiday in the District of Columbia), many people scrambled at the last-minute to file their taxes this year. If you are one of these people, do you wonder why you find yourself in this position year after year? Is it because a lack of financial planning causes you to dread anything related to money?

Rather than beat yourself up this year (again) because you waited until the last minute and felt all the stress that …

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Should You Put Your Retirement Before Your Child’s College Education?

In the coming months, many high school seniors will be heading off to college, but have their parents funded these students’ futures at the cost of their own?

While admitting that it is a “tough stance to take,” a writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune suggests that “most parents shouldn’t save for college” because they need to concentrate on their overall financial health and focus on retirement planning.

The writer of the article spoke with financial experts who were sympathetic to the dilemma of parents who want the best for their children. Parents are supposed to sacrifice for their …

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Here’s Why Women Should Make Financial Planning a Priority

History Month, and throughout the ages women in various societies have not necessarily had the resources and wherewithal to address their particular financial needs. Today, women have more opportunities to engage in and seek advice about financial planning, but they do not always take advantage of these opportunities.

On the Forbes Fee-Only Planner blog, Eva Kaplan, CFP(R) Practitioner, recently discussed how women have different financial planning needs than men do:

“The biggest single financial challenge Americans face is lack of retirement preparedness. These issues are especially acute for women.” 

Then the blog goes on to outline some of …

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Discussing Estate Planning with Your Adult Children

Someone once told me they knew of a couple who said that they were going to enjoy their retirement and spend their money so that their children would not have much to fight over after they passed away. That is one way to handle your finances, although there are no guarantees that leaving little money would keep the peace. Another approach could involve outlining clear plans for your finances and relaying these plans to your children, emphasizing your faith in their ability to be mature regarding your decisions. If you are interested in estate planning, both to ensure you …

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