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Raising Responsible Children

My guess is that if we did a poll of every parent we know and asked them what they most want for their kids, what we would find at the core is that we all want to raise responsible kids. We may each have a different definition of what responsible means, but after...

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Autonomous Cars and You

Have you ever slammed on the brakes of your car to avoid a crash? If so, odds are that you were using automated vehicle technology. Major auto manufacturers are racing to develop self-driving car capability, but will we see that technology soon? How will this...

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Digital Life After Death

Have you ever thought about what happens to your social media accounts after you die? According to the Pew Research Center, 74 percent of Internet users maintain a social media presence using websites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter. The far majority...

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Could an AMBER alert save your child?

As a parent, your number one job is to keep your children safe, and that’s not always easy. In our imperfect world there is no shortage of potential dangers to innocent children. One of a parent’s worst nightmares is the thought of the abduction of a child. We hear...

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Gifts to Grandchildren and Your Estate Plan

If you are in your “golden years” and are looking for ways to spread your wealth, you should consider the various tools that will allow you to financially protect and benefit your grandchildren. Carefully planning your gifts to your grandchildren is not only a...

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Estate Planning for Single Parents

If you are a single parent, life for you right now probably couldn’t get any busier. You are likely being pulled between work, school activities, sports teams and the inevitable emergencies that fill the lives of single parents everywhere. Being a single parent is a...

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Should You Add Your Child to Your Deed?

Many parents believe that by adding a child’s name to a property deed, they can pass along the property outside of probate. Unfortunately, those who act on that belief often find they have invited more problems than they have avoided. This is because in many states,...

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7 Reasons You Need a Trust for Your Family

So many people think trusts are only for the wealth or super-wealthy. That's not the case. There are a number of reasons why trusts are beneficial to any family.  Here are 7 of them: 1.  Control distribution of assets. You wouldn’t hand over your car keys to a child...

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