Category Archives for "Estate Planning"

Jul 15

Protect Your Family From Wealth’s Dark Side With a Lifetime Asset Protection Trust

By Bonnie Bowles

When you create your estate plan, the idea that one of your adult children would ever use their inheritance to bankroll a cult is probably something you’d never dream of, much less anticipate. Yet that’s exactly what 40-year-old Clare Bronfman, heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Seagram’s fortune, did with hers. In the end, with her inheritance—and the power […]

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Jul 08

7 Processes to Complete With Your Parents Before They Die

By Bonnie Bowles

In a recent Facebook post “Processes to go through with your parents before they die,” Daniel Schmachtenberger, founder of the Critical Path Institute, outlined seven simple exercises to use with your parents that can offer significant healing and completion for their life and yours.  While Daniel shared these processes in the context of the impending death […]

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Jun 24

Seniors and Their Families Should Be Wary of Reverse Mortgages

By Bonnie Bowles

If you’ve watched TV lately, you’ve likely seen ads touting the benefits of reverse mortgages. The spots typically feature famous actors like Henry “Fonzie” Winkler, Robert Wagner, and former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson telling elderly homeowners how they can dramatically improve their retirement with a reverse mortgage. But what the ads don’t show is that reverse […]

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Jun 17

The Real Cost To Your Family: Relying On A Will Alone

By Bonnie Bowles

Whenever the topic of estate planning comes up, people invariably mention creating a will. And with good reason—having a will is a foundational aspect of your estate plan. However, a will is only one small part of effective planning. In fact, if your plan consists of a will alone, you’re guaranteeing your family will have to […]

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