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Wise Stewardship Includes Having a Will That Protects Your Children

Many people haven’t drafted a will because they think wills are only for the wealthy. Scripture, however, teaches that responsible stewardship isn’t a function of the size of one’s wealth. Stewardship is about obedience
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Long-Term Care: How Would You Cover the Cost?

Just reading the phrase “long-term care” can strike fear in a Baby Boomer’s heart. Many assume it’s synonymous with nursing-home care (it isn’t), and believe the cost could ruin them (it could; while the odds are
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Unburdening Your Family From Some Tough Decisions

Many older people say they “don’t want to be a burden” on their families. And yet, by not making a handful of key decisions and not completing the associated paperwork, they are leaving themselves vulnerable to the very
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It May Be Time to Review Your Estate-Planning Documents

As a financial planner, one of my responsibilities is to keep up with legislative changes and their effects on clients. Estate planning is an area where change is so frequent — and so confusing — it’s a challenge to stay
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The Art of Getting Older — Where Will You Live?

There are countless important decisions to make as you get older. Many of them have a financial focus—how much to withdraw from the nest egg you’ve built, when to take Social Security, how to pay for healthcare and the
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Making Your Own ‘What to do if…’ Plan

In the January issue of the SMI newsletter, we ran an article that recommended taking a “fiscal health day.” The idea is to take a day off from work to catch up on your financial chores and tackle all of those
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Preparing Financially for the Death of Your Spouse

There are turning points in life that prompt important financial decisions. What you choose to do — or not do — at such times can have a significant impact on your long-term financial well-being. The death of a spouse is
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Are You Sure Your Beneficiaries Will Benefit as You Intend?

When you think of estate planning documents, certainly wills and trusts come to mind. But two other planning instruments are also important: titles and beneficiary designation forms. Estate planning essentials The
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Which Assets Should You Withdraw First During Retirement?

Once you reach retirement and begin drawing from the storehouse of wealth you’ve worked so hard to accumulate, two questions arise. First, how much can you withdraw each year without running the risk of depleting your
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Is a Will Alone Sufficient, or Do You Need a Trust?

More than any other document, a will puts you in touch with your mortality. Perhaps that’s why more than 60 percent of adults in the U.S. don’t have a will! However, if you care about what happens to your property after
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