Family-Owned Businesses Need End-of-Life Plans Too

Most estate planning articles focus on either the individual or the married couple. What about businesses, though? After all, they don’t always last forever either. Indeed, if you own a very small business or a sole proprietorship, it may die along with you. Is that what you want? And if so, what happens to the… Read More »

When to Estate Plan? ASAP. Pronto. Today.

TIME’s Money Magazine is trying to get your attention. So are we. Our headline is a riff on theirs: “You Need to Do Your Estate Planning Now. I Mean Right Now. Immediately.” TIME contributor and certified financial planner Frank Paré just learned a hard lesson when one of his clients passed away without any warning… Read More »

Lessons Learned from Paul Newman’s Estate Plan

Healthy foods, charitable donations, non-profit foundations, a tribute to a beloved actor — these are all good things. So why is Paul Newman’s estate causing such a hullabaloo, some eight years after he passed away? As reports, the Newman family recently complained in Vanity Fair that Newman’s Own is being mismanaged in its namesake’s… Read More »

Young People Need Estate Planning Too

Tragedy sometimes begets rumination. Forbes columnist Tania Brown recently reflected on the loss of several young lives in the headlines lately and began to wonder what their estate plans might have looked like. Did they even have estate plans at all? View image | Unfortunately, there is a misconception among American youth that wills… Read More »