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Saving What Matters: 12 Must-Have Items To Pack In Your Go-Bag
  • Published: December 20, 2018

It’s the middle of the night. The authorities just notified you that you have 20 minutes to evacuate your home before a raging wildfire cuts off the exit from your neighborhood, leaving you trapped. The fire is advancing at the rate of a football field every second, so the actions you take in the next few moments will determine whether you and your family live or die. While this may sound like a scene from a blockbuster disaster movie, it’s actually the very scenario Judy Shannon faced in December 2017. And it’s something we can…Read More

Deportation Misunderstanding
  • Published: November 30, 2018

Hypothetical: Imagine you are traveling to the U.S. with a valid visa, valid earlier H-1B approval, and an amendment receipt notice for your new employer but you are insufficient for entry and deported because your petition is under process. You had to correct paperwork but what went wrong? Timing and preparedness is the name of the game for an H-1B Visa Holder/Applicant. Visa officers use the law and a visa holder’s history to accept or reject at the Point of Entry (POE) to the U.S. H-1B applicants can change employment but as mentioned timing and…Read More

“High School Senior could go from commencement to deportation” Mark Woods
  • Published: November 30, 2018

Medina Blekic loves to sing. If you look at her Facebook page, following the timeline of photos back to when her family moved to North Florida about 10 years ago, there is a picture of when she was in elementary school, holding a big microphone in her little hands. She’s 17 now. She used to get nervous when she was asked to sing in public. But for the most part she’s over that. And these days when she sings at events such as “Birdies for the Brave,” she often is belting out a particularly challenging…Read More

What Happens To Your Facebook Account When You Die?
  • Published: November 30, 2018

If you’re active on social media, Facebook probably plays a prominent role in your life. And now the social media titan can even play a role in your afterlife. Today, estate planning encompasses not only your tangible assets—bank accounts and real estate—but your digital assets as well, such as cryptocurrency, websites, and social media accounts. Though social media may seem trivial compared to the rest of your personal property, a Facebook account functions as a virtual diary of your daily life, making it a key part of your legacy—and one you’ll likely want to protect.…Read More

3 Deadly Sins Of Retirement Planning
  • Published: November 30, 2018

Retirement planning is one of life’s most important financial goals. Indeed, funding retirement is one of the primary reasons many people put money aside in the first place. Yet many of us put more effort into planning for our vacations than we do to prepare for a time when we may no longer earn an income. Whether you’ve put off planning for retirement altogether or failed to create a truly comprehensive plan, you’re putting yourself at risk for a future of poverty, penny-pinching, and dependence. The stakes could hardly be higher. When preparing for your…Read More

When Something Is Not Better Than Nothing - Part 2
  • Published: November 5, 2018

Last week, we shared the first part of this series discussing the hidden dangers of do-it-yourself estate planning. In part two, we cover one of the greatest risks posed by DIY documents. [When Something is NOT Better Than Nothing—Part 1] You might think you can save time and money by using do-it-yourself estate planning documents you find online. You’re probably anxious to check estate planning off your life’s to-do list, and these forms offer a seemingly quick and inexpensive way to handle this important task. You may even realize such generic plans aren’t as high quality…Read More

When Something is NOT Better Than Nothing—Part 1
  • Published: October 30, 2018

Go online, and you’ll find tons of websites offering do-it-yourself estate planning documents. Such forms are typically quite inexpensive. Simple wills, for example, are often priced under $50, and you can complete and print them out in a matter of minutes. In our uber-busy lives and DIY culture, it’s no surprise that this kind of thing might seem like a good deal. You know estate planning is important, and even though you may not be getting the highest quality plan, such documents can make you feel better for having checked this item off your life’s…Read More

To Live a Happier life, Start Thinking About Death Now
  • Published: October 10, 2018

Want to know a proven way to live a more fulfilling life? All you have to do is fully accept the fact that one day you’re going to die. “I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.” -Upajjhatthana Sutta The unavoidable nature of death is a basic tenet found in every religion. Indeed, the acceptance of death is so important in Buddhism that “impermanence,” or the fact that everything born eventually dies, is at the top of the Buddha’s list of the three universal characteristics of existence. Before religious…Read More

Who Should Khloé Kardashian Choose as Legal Guardian For Her Child
  • Published: October 9, 2018

Who Should Khloe Kardashian Choose as Legal Guardian For Her Child - One Instance Where ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ Might Be A Good Idea Name Legal Guardians For Your Kids Now – Click Here  You might not be a big fan of their typical life choices, but the Kardashians recently demonstrated impressive wisdom in protecting their minor children using estate planning. During a recent episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Khloé Kardashian was preparing to give birth to her first child, daughter True. Khloé was second-guessing her initial choice to name her sister Kourtney as…Read More

Don’t Transfer Ownership of Your House to Your Kids Before You Read This
  • Published: October 2, 2018

With the cost of long-term care (LTC) skyrocketing, you may be concerned about your (or your elderly parents’) ability to pay for lengthy stays in assisted living and/or a nursing home. Such care can be massively expensive, with the potential to overwhelm even the well-off. Because neither traditional health insurance nor Medicare will pay for LTC, some people are looking to Medicaid to help cover this cost. To become eligible for Medicaid, however, you must first exhaust nearly every penny of your savings. Given this, you may have heard that if you transfer your house…Read More

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