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In talking with a client this week, I learned that he has not completed his estate planning as I have been recommending for a while now. He recently got married and is expecting a child, so the establishment of these documents is more important than ever. He certainly appreciates and understands the importance of this […]

Client Question: Before Formal Estate Planning

April 11, 2024

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If there was ever a risk of me forgetting tax day, I have a feeling it would be mitigated by the numerous client questions I inevitably receive in the few weeks leading up to the important date! I thought I’d cover a few of them here as tax day approaches. When do you think I’ll […]

Client Question: Taxing Times

April 3, 2024

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In talking with a client this week, the subject of property and casualty insurance came up and I mentioned umbrella policies. She had not heard the term before. This is an important type of insurance to have in place as you age and your earnings and net worth increases. Let’s cover the highlights below but […]

Client Question: Umbrella Policy

March 21, 2024

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Don’t look now – the 2023 tax filing due date (without extension) is only a month away. As the date approaches, you may have questions on certain tax-related matters (there a lot of things to keep track of!) As a result, I thought I’d cover a question I received from a client this past week […]

Client Question: IRA Funding Deadlines

March 14, 2024

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At least once a month, I have a client ask me about a cyber security related question (setting up two-factor authentication, best practices regarding wi-fi use, password issues, etc). It’s a great topic to discuss and sadly, it is also one that is becoming increasingly important with each passing minute. Our custodian, Charles Schwab, does […]

Client Question: Cyber Security Heads-up

February 22, 2024

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I’ve been hearing from a few clients this week asking when they will receive their 1099s from Schwab (the custodian we work with at Windermere). With tax season in full swing, I thought these reminders may be helpful for a wider audience What is a 1099? A 1099 is a tax form that reports non-employment […]

Client Question: 1099s

February 15, 2024

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I talked with two clients last week about their home equity lines of credit (HELOCs). These can be very helpful forms for available debt to have in place so I thought it was worth discussing in more detail What is a home equity line? A home equity line of credit (or a HELOC as it […]

Client Question: Home Equity Line

February 8, 2024

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If you are a loyal reader of this weekly column, you are keenly aware of just how much there is to know and remember when it comes to your financial journey. The minute you think you’re caught up, you learn of another task you need to address! On this week’s list of things you need […]

Client Question: Beneficiary Updates

February 1, 2024

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During a year-end planning meeting, my tax advisor brought up the idea of adding a PIN to my IRS record to protect myself against the increasing risk of tax return fraud. This PIN prevents unauthorized individuals from filing a tax return under your social security number (which would allow them to possibly access any amounts […]

Client Question: Securing your Tax Return

January 24, 2024

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Pension plans, a type of employer-sponsored retirement plan that provides ongoing income after retirement, used to be very common. However today, about 15% of private sector employees and 75% of government employees have pensions, with the remainder of workers having 401k/403b plans instead. Pensions are defined benefit plans, meaning that as a participant, you are […]

Client Question: Pension Options

January 18, 2024


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