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Financial Advice for New Home Owners

by guest blogger, Joelle Spear, CFP® of Canby Financial Advisors, LLC Congratulations. You are now part of the American Dream. You made it. After a long process from open houses to the closing table, you have the keys to your first home. If your process of buying a home was anything like my first purchase, you had some anxious moments along the way. Now you can relax on lazy Sundays and host BBQs or dinner Read More

When Is the Purchase of Long-Term Care Insurance Worth It?

Elder Care is emerging as a significant issue for many people as life spans continue to increase. It is nice to know that because of health care advances, we can expect to live longer, but there are no included guarantees on the quality of life in the later years. Many people eventually face a period in life when they can no longer do for themselves. Daily living tasks such as walking, bathing, cooking, and managing Read More

Superstar Prince’s death brings estate planning to the forefront of discussion

The untimely death of superstar Prince has brought a surprising issue to American living rooms: estate planning. If current reports are correct that Prince died without a will, state law and the Court system will dictate who controls and inherits his sizable estate. It is also likely that taxing entities will take a bigger bite out of his estate - costing his family millions, unnecessarily -- before anyone inherits Read More

What to do with a cash windfall

Many of us like to fantasize about winning the lottery. We muse with our friends about how we might spend the money, and we dream about never wanting for anything ever again. The odds are against us, of course, at least as far as the lottery goes. But that doesn’t mean - at some point in our lives perhaps - we won’t actually come into a major amount of cash, usually in the form of an inheritance, or perhaps through Read More

Things You Should Never Put in Your Will

A will is a vital estate planning document, and allows you to distribute your assets and property according to your wishes. However, there are several items that should NOT be included in a will: Property held in a living trust or joint tenancy - property deeded to a living trust cannot be willed to someone else, and a will cannot change the right of survivorship in joint tenancy, which passes to the joint tenant by Read More

How to Plan for the Long-Term Care of a Special Needs Child

Parents of special needs children are naturally concerned about how that child will get the care he or she needs after they are gone.  There are several ways to plan for the care of a long-term disabled heir, including: Special Needs Trust – A special needs trust can be established by a parent or grandparent for the care of a child or grandchild of any age in lieu of leaving an inheritance, which would likely Read More

Estate Planning for the Blended Family

Balancing the needs of a multi-generational blended family with your own wishes can be a complicated task, especially when it comes to estate planning.  With a majority of Americans not only marrying once, but twice, three or even four times during their lives, it is a challenge that will come to many. Even when blended family members get along, estate planning can be complicated. The potential for acrimony among Read More

More About Your Estate Plan

The revocable living trust is the basic building block of most estate plans. It’s the tool that allows your estate to avoid the expense, delay, and uncertainty of probate court, and it is the tool that can hold just about any of your assets. While revocable living trusts are ubiquitous in the world of estate planning, it seems that many people are still confused about them, so we are going to clear up a few commonly Read More

When No One Feels Right, How to Decide Who to Name as Guardians

Reasons Most Parents Have Not Planned for the Care of their Kids The statistics are staggering: most parents do not have wills or other documents naming guardian(s) of their children if something happens to them. Depending on the source, the percentage is between 50-75%. Why? One reason is likely lack of knowledge – some parents might understand that a will is the traditional place to name guardians for children Read More

Not The End, But A New Beginning

In the next two months, those words will ring out in high school graduation ceremonies all across the country. And if you have a high school senior in your home, then chances are that things are about to change dramatically, both for you and your high school senior. There are a few things that you need to take care of before sending your senior off to college. In essence, you need to really prepare your student for Read More