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Washington State AG Goes After Deceptive “Free Lunch” Estate Planning Seminars
  • Published: April 11, 2018

Investigators at the Washington State Attorney General's office allege that so-called "free lunch" seminars were used to ultimately sell complicated investments and cash in on commissions. As KOMO News reports on its website in the story, “State lawsuit accuses estate-planning company of being a deceptive "Trust Mill,"” the lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court names CLA Estate Services, Inc., CLA USA Inc., and…Read More

How Your Pension Fits into Your Estate Planning
  • Published: April 10, 2018

Pensions, unlike property, can be inherited tax-free. That means savers are increasingly looking to pass on their policies, according to Morningstar’s recent article, “Why Pensions are Vital to Estate Planning.” Company pensions—whether defined benefit or defined contribution—have different rules as to who can inherit in the event of a member’s death, as well as how much can be passed on to the next…Read More

Don’t Forget These Expenses in Your Retirement Planning
  • Published: April 5, 2018

Despite your best efforts to prepare for retirement, you have a good chance of being blindsided by some unanticipated expenses. A recent study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute found that 40% of retirees said their retirement expenses are higher than expected. A recent CU Insight article, “4 unexpected retirement expenses,” discusses some things that may not be on your radar, when it comes…Read More

Should I Have a Reverse Mortgage in Retirement?
  • Published: April 3, 2018

Many of us in our late 50s and early 60s, start thinking about what retirement is looking like and often it’s not a rosy picture. Therefore, we scramble and hopefully increase our retirement savings. A reverse mortgage may serve as both a retirement tool and provide a senior with a degree of financial liquidity and flexibility. Here’s how it works:…Read More

What’s Your Business Worth?
  • Published: March 30, 2018

As Southcoast Today reports in the recent article, “Retiring after you sell your business? It may not be as simple as you think,” many business owners don’t have a sense of what their business is worth. The simple answer is that it’s worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. However, there are many factors that need to be considered when valuing…Read More

Are You Sure You’re Not Single?
  • Published: March 29, 2018

As Investopedia’s article, “Social Security Claiming Options for Singles,” explains, unmarried retirees need to be certain they understand exactly how Social Security defines “single.” It’s not limited to never-married beneficiaries, because those who divorced prior to their tenth anniversary are also considered single. If you are single due to the death of your spouse, you’re eligible for widow/widower benefits based on your spouse’s work…Read More

All About Self-Employed IRAs
  • Published: March 27, 2018

Self-employed individuals can establish a “solo 401(k),” which is a special type of retirement plan for someone who’s self-employed or a business owner with no employees (other than a spouse). A person can fund it with about 20% of net profits when times are good; you can skip contributions during lean years. As Kiplinger says in the article, “Retirement Savings Plans for the…Read More

Retired and Planning to See the World? Be Sure You Plan Ahead!
  • Published: March 13, 2018

“When we think of retirement, we often imagine ourselves exploring the globe and taking advantage of the seemingly limitless amount of free time we suddenly have on our hands.” Many people see retirement as the ideal time to travel, with all their work-related time constraints gone.  However, because most seniors are on a fixed income, paying for those trips is…Read More

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