Bobby’s Blog

Savings Bonds – A Hidden Gem in Your Estate?

Over $9 billion worth of savings bonds and $200 million in registered Treasury securities have stopped earning interest, but haven't been cashed in by the owners,according to treasurydirect.com. Why is so much money simply in limbo? Well, the truth is that when many people hear the term “savings bonds” they conjure an image of their grandparent giving them a piece of paper for a nominal amount of money and being told to “hold onto this since it may be valuable someday.”  Savings bonds are simply not considered “sexy” investments and therefore get tossed aside and forgotten by the purchasers and/or...

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Ignorance is Not Bliss – The Importance of Maintaining Your Estate Planning Documents

In a packed auditorium for a TEDx Conference, venerated journalist and author Tom Brokaw was asked flat out by his daughter what was in his Living Will. Why? Because she had no clue. They never talked about exactly what was in his Living Will. Even more shocking was Mr. Brokaw’s admission that “unfortunately, I don’t know a lot about my living will. In fact, I’m not even sure where it is at this point.” [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCFwlysc56c&feature=youtu.be&t=2m15s[/embed] Think about that for a moment – Tom Brokaw, a man who has dedicated his life to investigative journalism including intense research and scouring details of high-level...

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Caring from a Distance: Tips on How to Help Aging Loved Ones When You’re Not Around the Corner

Many years ago, it was quite common for children to live in the same city they were born and raised in. They may have even decided to purchase a home in the same neighborhood where their parents still lived. Today, such a scenario is a relic of the past. Many people do not live close to their parents and are scattered across states, and even countries. So you need to ask yourself this important question - when your parent’s health begins to fail, what will happen? Do you know who will care for them if they can’t take care of themselves?...

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3 Common Mistakes Executors Make and How to Avoid Them

Many people are suddenly thrust into the position of being the executor of a loved one’s estate, and have no idea what to do or how to best proceed. It can be overwhelming. I want to share with you some common mistakes that I’ve encountered with executors in the hopes that you can learn what not to do. Please note, the concerns below are for people that have not done proper trust based planning. Properly drafted and maintained trust based planning (which we recommend for all of our clients) avoids many of the pitfalls below by allowing your trustees to...

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The Williams Family Feud – Lessons for Estate Planning

Back in November 2014, I blogged about Robin Williams’ estate plan and his use of a living trust as a vehicle for distributing assets to his children. Unfortunately, despite what appears to be a thoughtfully crafted plan for who receives which assets, members of Williams’ immediate family have opted to litigate a dispute over his estate. The dispute focuses on an array of Mr. Williams’ personal items including his a tuxedo Mr. Williams wore, a promise ring, photographs and awards at his Tiburon, California home. The rivaling family members include Mr. Williams’ wife and three children from previous marriages. ...

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