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Financial Planning Considerations During COVID-19

Health and finances are likely the only two topics on most people's minds these days. How can you keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy through this pandemic? And what should you do with your investments during this recent market drop? Managing your investments prudently and resisting the urge to sell stocks while the market is down are certainly important financial planning considerations. However, as financial advisors, we wanted to highlight other crucial financial planning areas that often don't get as much attention in the news media.

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What To Do If You Buy a Home Before Saying "I Do"

Buying a home is an enormous financial decision. How much should you put for a down payment? How long should the loan be for? What is the interest rate? The list goes on and on. A home purchase is a complex financial decision for married couples, and more so for unmarried couples. If you're in a situation where you're considering buying a home before saying "I do", here are a few considerations before you pull the trigger.

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LGBTQ IRA Beneficiary Planning After the SECURE Act

Since the SECURE Act became law in December 2019, there has been a lot of talk in the press that the “Stretch IRA era is over”. The “Stretch” referring to the ability of the beneficiary of an IRA to stretch out Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from the IRA over the beneficiary’s lifetime. It is true that the SECURE Act has changed the rules for some beneficiaries of IRAs who now have only 10 years to fully distribute the funds inside inherited IRAs. But there are notable exceptions that impact LGBTQ estate planning when it comes to choosing beneficiaries.

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SECURE Act Signed Into Law- What This Might Mean For You

After much deliberation in Congress, the SECURE Act has made its way through and is likely to be signed into law this week. For those who missed it, we wrote a post back in June about the proposed changes to the retirement saving landscape. Now that the law has been finalized, we wanted to highlight some of the key changes and how it might impact you and your retirement savings.

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Retirement Help or Hindrance? What to Know About the SECURE Act

In case you haven't heard, a new bill has passed through the House of Representatives called the SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement). The Act attempts to tackle parts of the retirement savings crisis. Like most bills that come out of Congress, there are good parts and bad. How will this impact you? Here are the top things we think you should know about this bill.

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Top 5 Things To Do When Looking For An Estate Planning Attorney

No one likes talking about death. But as Ben Franklin said, the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Although we may not enjoy talking about it, this is an incredibly crucial part of anyone's financial plan. But where do you start? After you have some sort of idea of what your wishes will be, it is crucial that you find a qualified estate planning attorney to set those wishes into action.

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