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Protecting Assets-Don t Wait

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Protecting assets-Don t wait to get it done. Lessons on protecting assets can come in the most unexpected ways. I spent Saturday on the beach in Sarasota with my wife and a couple of friends. The water was sparkling blue and we decided to sit on that gorgeous white sand for awhile enjoy the scenery and just talk.

As we sat there, suddenly I heard a ...

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Hatfield-McCoy Feud-Don’t Let One Start in Your Family

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Hatfield-McCoy Feud In Your Family

The Hatfield-McCoy feud  history miniseries brings to my mind the troubles that families get into when parents neglect their estate hatfield-mccoy feudplanning. Families are at their weakest at the death of a loved one. In this compromised state, it is easy for feelings to be hurt and lasting family battles ensue. Estate planning is one of the best ways to prevent a future family feud.

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Tax Audit Defense

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By Kristy Phillips

Tax Audit

A Tax audit comes with taxes. April 15 is here and as you file your taxes, you may be thinking about tax audit defense. If you haven’t, you should be. I was shocked to read in Bloomberg that Uncle Sam is auditing more Americans than ever before. In the year 2000, 1 in every 203 Americans were audited. By last ...

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Costa Concordia-Don’t Navigate Your Personal Life Like This

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By Kristy Phillips

It looks like Carnival, the cruise line will take a $90 million hit. Their cruise ship, the Costa Concordia capsized off the west coast of Grosseto, Italy on Friday January 13. This unlucky event not only stranded almost 4,200 people; more than a dozen lost their lives. NBC News reported that Captain Francesco Schettino steered the ship too close to shore thereby hitting some rocks. As the massive ship lay on its side rescuers are trying to find ...

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How Did Kim Jong Il Die?

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By Kristy Phillips

Kim Jong Il, who ruled over North Korea for decades died Saturday of a supposed heart failure. The 69-year-old had lived a decadent life and shocked the world with his eccentric tastes and stretching the truth about his life and conquests.  The West will not miss him.  I perked up when I heard a reporter question how he died.  His son, Kim Jong Un, is next ...

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Are You Responsible for Your Parents Credit Card Debt?

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By Kristy S. Phillips

I was talking with my mom the other day when she made the comment that she hoped that they had enough to support themselves for the rest of their lives. She added she had always hoped to leave the kids a legacy, but now she was afraid that is not going to happen. My dad has always been a good provider and I am sure this is difficult for both of them. With the economy in shambles ...

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Estate Planning and Your Obituary

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Estate planning must involve every aspect of your estate.  As a result, I recommend that you prepare your obituary in advance.  It will make things easier on your family later.  As you prepare the obituary, keep in mind identity thieves.   Identity thieves regularly scan the obituaries. They note all the personal information and use it to their advantage.

Some thieves will use the deceased information to get duplicate driver’s licenses and birth certificates.  They take these documents and use them to ...

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Durable Power for Healthcare

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Too Bad Liliane Bettencourt didn’t have one of these!

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Mrs Bettencourt’s lawyer plans to appeal the decision, but for now Liliane Bettencourt wealth and property is being controlled by her daughter Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers.

Mrs. Bettencourt and her daughter have been involved in a very public feud over the fate of the L’Oreal fortune, France’s third-largest estate, for many years with her daughter arguing that her mother is ...

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Why Does Each Attorney Give Me A Different Answer?

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Attorneys are doing to give you a lot of different answers to your questions, leaving you more confused than when you went into the office. The reason being is they each have different areas of law, or specialties. Check out some of the most common tools and how to use one tool to get three very important things done.

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How Estate Planning is like eating a Marshmallow?

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Years ago I remember reading about a “Marshmallow Experiment,” where Stanford researcher Walter Mischel gave a group of three to five year-olds a choice: Eat one marshmallow now, or wait fifteen minutes and get two marshmallows. The experiment was intended to measure children’s ability to delay gratification.

Mischel found that only 30 percent of the children were able to wait fifteen minutes; most of the children gobbled down the marshmallow before the time was up. As I read this I remember ...

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