Category Archives: Estate Planning

We’re “Official.” Now What?

Dear Alicia, We’re getting married soon and are wondering if there are any particular financial steps we should take once we’re “official?” -Ned and Nancy the Newlyweds Congrats Ned and Nancy! Getting married is an exciting and hectic time. Here are the financial steps you should be taking once you are “official.” Goals Start by discussing your financial goals now and in the future. Do you want to buy a home, start planning for a baby, or create an emergencyRead More

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6 Estate Planning Mistakes to Fix Now

When estate planning is done wrong, it can create havoc on heirs after a family member passes. Estate Planning is not a fun topic to discuss, but it is an essential part of financial planning. The only way to keep your plan in good condition is to review it regularly yourself and every five years by an attorney. Brianna Bocian, the owner of and estate planning attorney at the Law Offices of Brianna Bocian in San Diego is helping usRead More

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Why You Need to Ask Your Parents: “What’s your estate plan?”

Do you have any idea what your parents’ estate plan is? Do you know if they even have one? Unfortunately, when a parent passes away, you as their child most likely have an obligation to close their estate and finalize their financials. Below is a list of questions you should go to your parents with and have them answer. Start having these conversations now to understand the role you will play in finalizing their estate. 1. Do you have anRead More

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Ask Linda: Gifting Stock to my Child

Dear Linda, I am a widow and want to gift some of the individual, concentrated stock in my brokerage account to my only child, my adult son. I am tired of managing the stock and feeling like I need to stay on top of the earnings reports, news, etc. I would rather gift it to him and have the rest of my portfolio in low-cost, diversified positions. The stock has a very low basis and will incur a large amountRead More

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Advice for All Stages

Recent Graduates / Early Career Typically in your 20’s Cash Flow:  Allocate at least 20% of your gross income to long-term savings and / or paying off debt.  Now is the time to get money invested so it can compound. Start identifying spending habits and patterns by creating a budget or trying out the WholeWallet30. Tax Planning:  For many during this stage, it makes sense to save to a Roth versus pre-tax retirement vehicle since starting salaries tend to be lower than inRead More

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Planning Ahead – Estate Concerns

Dear Linda, My father was recently diagnosed with a serious progressive illness. After the initial shock, my siblings and I feel this is a good time to make sure his finances are in order, particularly with regards to estate planning. What do you recommend? Dear Reader, Have your father meet with an estate planning attorney licensed in his state. This type of lawyer specializes in making sure a client’s wishes, with regards to one’s finances, are met in the eventRead More

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