It’s Time to Have “The Estate Plan Talk”

Talking with loved ones about estate planning and inheritance can be challenging, especially as it centers around two taboo topics — money and death. But talking with your adult children about their inheritance can provide significant advantages for you and them. It can help your heirs better prepare for the future and give you a chance to explain the reasoning behind your decisions. Here’s a look at the importance of discussing your estate plan with your kids and how to…
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What is the State of your Estate Plan?

What is it about spring that always motivates us to get organized around the house? Getting your financial household in order is equally as important. It is a good time to create or update your estate plan. That includes such essentials as a will or trust, a living will, durable powers of attorney, a letter of intent and beneficiary forms. We know it is easy to put it off. It may not seem like an urgent need, but you never…
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Estate Planning Workshop – Virtual

Join us for this virtual estate planning workshop where Matthew M. Jensen, Estate Planning Attorney, will outline and discuss 10 common estate planning misconceptions, and how these misconceptions can impact you personally. *Raymond James is not affiliated with Matthew M. Jensen

Asset Protection in Estate Planning

You’re beginning to accumulate substantial wealth, but you worry about protecting it from future potential creditors. Whether your concern is for your personal assets or your business, various tools exist to keep your property safe from tax collectors, accident victims, health-care providers, credit card issuers, business creditors, and creditors of others. To insulate your property from such claims, you’ll have to evaluate each tool in terms of your own situation. You may decide that insurance and a Declaration of Homestead…
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The Benefits of Donor-Advised Funds

As tax planning season and end-of-year charitable giving begin, it’s a good time to consider the benefits of donor-advised funds. Charitable giving has many facets, most notably as an opportunity for you to support the causes and organizations that reflect your values. But giving is also a significant tax and financial planning opportunity, helping you increase your impact and potentially save on your taxes. What is a Donor-Advised Fund? Donor-advised funds offer similar benefits to a private charitable foundation; however,…
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How Diversifying Your Portfolio Can Help Mitigate Risk

Risk is an inherent part of investing. After all, no one can control the losses or gains of a particular asset, sector, or the market as a whole. But you can take steps to manage your risk by diversifying your portfolio. Here’s a look at what diversification is, why it matters, and how to do it. What is diversification? Diversification is a technique that can help reduces risk and volatility in your investment portfolio. The idea is to invest across…
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A Beginner’s Guide to Alternative Investments

Alternatives are investment options beyond the typical stocks, bonds and cash found in most portfolios. They can be tangible assets like precious metals, or they could be financial assets like private equity or hedge funds. Alternatives tend to be riskier than traditional assets, which means investors usually have to meet certain criteria to access them. Here’s a closer look at alternatives and some of the most common options available. What is an alternative investment? An alternative investment is a financial…
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Understanding the Charitable Remainder Trust

Understanding the Charitable Remainder Trust The charitable remainder trust (CRT) is a popular retirement- and estate-planning tool. It can be a convenient way to create a stream of lifetime income for yourself and others or donate to a charity while minimizing and deferring taxes. But there are many choices to make when establishing a CRT and, in some cases, these tools may not be right for everyone. What is a Charitable Remainder Trust and How Does it Work? A charitable…
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Napa

Event Registration Deadline: May 1, 2022. Join us in wine country for a long-weekend to indulge! Picture yourself strolling amongst the vines in the rolling hills of sun-soaked California, glass of locally-made wine in hand. Not only will you have ample opportunity to taste a wide-selection of award-winning blends throughout the trip, you’ll also be treated to delicious food, like a French luncheon at Thomas Keller’s famous Bouchon Bistro. Venture out to the Sonoma Raceway and zip around the longest…
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