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Take a Summer vacation… for your mental health!

The Forty-hour work week paired with a busy schedule tends to be a recipe for stress and burn out. While practicing daily self-care in small increments is an important piece to preventing burn out, periodically taking a prolonged break from our responsibilities and stressors is equally as important. According to Dr. Krauss of Psychology Today, a vacation well-done can inspire self-reflection and rejuvenation, allowing us to seize the day upon return to our regular lives. Experiencing high levels of stress...
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25
Jun

Is Your Pension at Risk?

Everyone faces the concept of retirement at some point. The closer an individual gets to retirement age, the more concerned he may become about his ability to live comfortably after retirement. It may also make him wonder whether his retirement benefits will be available when he is ready to collect. The Future of Pensions Those who expect to collect a pension when they reach retirement age may have become concerned about recent reports regarding pension-fund growth. Recent issues regarding pension...
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24
Jun

Bill on Big Changes to U.S. Retirement System Moves to Senate


The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) recently passed in the House of Representatives by a margin of 417-3 last Thursday. The bill is slated to be successfully ratified into law by the U.S. Senate later in the year in a rare moment of bipartisanship. The SECURE Act marks the most momentous legislative change in retirement planning since the Pension Protection Act of 2006. That said, the SECURE Act that passed in the House of Representatives...
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10
Jun

Probate & Your Retirement Accounts

Planning for retirement allows for many considerations and avoiding Probate is one of them.  The good news is if own a retirement account and have named beneficiaries, the account does not have to go through the probate process in most cases. Avoiding probate should be one of the goals of proper estate and retirement planning. While probate is a good fail-safe to ensure the property of a deceased owner is distributed fairly, probate also introduces delays, expenses, and headaches that...
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10
Jun

Preparing For Incapacity & Long Term Care

Individuals working for years and planning for retirement ultimately lead to be dynamic go-getters who don’t want to think about the limitations and possible incapacitations of old age. However, with smart planning in your 50’s and 60’s, you can protect your heirs from financial risk and even protect a business from a crippling lack of leadership. Costs of Long Term Care Depending on where you live, long term care can cost you anything from $54,800 to $150,200 per year. While...
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14
May

Top Asked Social Security Benefit Questions

Social Security is one of the main benefit programs for workers in the United States. At some point, almost everyone will collect something from Social Security. If you are getting close to collecting from Social Security, you might be wondering how the program works and what to expect. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about Social Security benefits. How Old Do You Have to Be to Collect? The short answer is that it depends on when you...
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07
May

Naming Guardians For Your Minor Children

One of the crucial decisions in life if you have minor children is to make arrangements for the guardian or guardians who will finish raising your children if you and your spouse should happen to die in a common accident or weather disaster. A will likely find that a lot of thought and planning have to go into that decision, and you need to give it a great deal of consideration. The first step is to have a complete discussion...
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07
May

Retirement Reform in 2019

Two years ago, the current government built their own mark on the United States with what some call the most necessary and important tax reform. The retirement reform that they are planning might be the long shot of 2019 since there are four important pieces of retirement reform in legislation before Congress. Every single piece tends to have been supported by both sides in their latest drafts, on the other hand there are various regulatory advancements and state level when...
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16
Apr
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