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Probate Process for Your Estate

Published on May 18, 2015 By Tim Barton

Probate is simply the Latin word for prove, which means that the estate probate process is the process by which your will is brought before a court to prove that it is a valid will. The courts charged with this responsibility are generally known as probate courts, which may actually supervise the administration or settlement […]

Remember Retirement When You Change Jobs

Published on March 25, 2015 By Tim Barton

WHEN YOU CHANGE JOBS You May Have an Important Decision to Make… What to do with your money in an employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k) plan. Since these funds were originally intended to help provide financial security during retirement, you need to carefully evaluate which of the following options will best ensure that […]

Taxable VS. Tax Deferred Investments

Published on March 19, 2015 By Tim Barton

How much would you have to earn each year from a taxable investment in order to equal earnings on a tax-deferred investment? This chart illustrates the potential benefits of a tax-deferred investment vs. a taxable investment. Annual Tax-Deferred Yield Federal Income Tax Bracket: 10% 15% 25% 28% 33% 35% Annual Taxable Equivalent Yield 3% 3.33% 3.53% […]

6 Steps to Financial Literacy

Published on February 23, 2015 By Tim Barton

While you don’t have to become a financial expert, you should develop an understanding of financial concepts such as these: 1.  The difference between saving and investing: Some people think these are one and the same, but they’re not. The focus in saving is on preserving money that you accumulate over time. Money that is […]

The 3 Sources of Retirement Income

Published on February 19, 2015 By Tim Barton

  What Are the Available Sources of Retirement Income? When you retire and your earning power ceases, you will have to depend on three primary sources for your retirement income:   Social Security According to the Social Security Administration, the average retired worker in 2015 receives an estimated $1,328 monthly benefit, about 40% of average […]

Understanding Required Minimum Distributions

Published on February 12, 2015 By Tim Barton

The primary  goal of most retirees is to have adequate retirement money they will not outlive.  This goal could conflict withthe objective of the required minimum distribution rule which is to ensure that the entire value of a traditional IRA or employer-sponsored qualified retirement plan account will be distributed over the IRA retiree’s life expectancy. The big question is what happens […]

What is Trust?

Published on January 25, 2015 By Tim Barton

The word “trust” is applied to all types of relationships, both personal and business, to indicate that one person has confidence in another person. For our purposes, a trust is a legal device for the management of property. Through a trust, one person (the “grantor” or “trustor”) transfers the legal title to property to another […]

Free Download- Managing Your Financial Life

Published on January 13, 2015 By Tim Barton

Taking control of your finances and your financial future can help you reach your desired destinations in life. You want to control your finances, not let them control you.  You can do this by creating a strong financial foundation upon which you then build or live a satisfying retirement. The Managing your Financial Life guide […]

2015 Chart of Federal Individual Tax Rates

Published on January 8, 2015 By Tim Barton

Did you have a New Year dream that taxes disappeared? I didn’t think so. 2015 is here and will be over before we know it. Since taxes are fact of life we all must plan with them in mind. Here is a table/chart of 2015 Federal Income Tax Rates for Individuals to help plan ahead.  For […]

When a Loved One Dies…

Published on January 5, 2015 By Tim Barton

In order to relieve loved ones of additional stress, anxiety and expense at the time of a death in the family, consider recording as much information as possible in advance and providing copies to family members. Using our When a Loved One Dies Life Guide, you’ll be able to record and share the following information: […]

What Are the Implications of Dying Without a Will?

Published on December 2, 2014 By Tim Barton

People who die without a valid will, die intestate. In this event, the state in which they resided effectively provides a will through the state’s intestacy law. This means that the state dictates who will receive the estate owner’s property and in what proportion. While state intestacy laws do attempt to provide for a “fair” […]

Another Role for Life Insurance

Published on October 28, 2014 By Tim Barton

Another Role for Life Insurance… The Wealth Replacement Trust The Problem: There can be significant tax advantages in giving appreciated assets to a charity. Examples include real estate and securities. If you were to sell an appreciated asset, the gain would be subject to capital gains tax. By donating the appreciated asset to a charity, […]

She Solved Her Retirement Needs. And So Can You

Published on September 24, 2014 By Tim Barton

Need retirement income you can’t outlive? Have coffee with Meg. Take a video break and learn how Meg uses a single premium immediate annuity (SPIA) to alleviate concerns about outliving her retirement assets and being unable to meet monthly expenses. Retire with Confidence People are living longer than ever before, meaning  that unpredictable market performance, higher  […]

Benefits of Retirement Plan In-Service Withdrawal Make Sense for You?

Published on September 3, 2014 By Tim Barton

You might know that you can move money from your employer’s qualified retirement plan to an IRA when you leave the employer.  But do you know you may be able to take advantage of this opportunity while still employed by the company?  There can be big benefits to this move. What is an In-Service Withdrawal? […]

What is the Marital Deduction?

Published on August 14, 2014 By Tim Barton

What Is the Marital Deduction? The marital deduction (I.R.C. Sections 2056 and 2523) eliminates both the federal estate and gift tax on transfers of property between spouses, in effect treating them as one economic unit.  The amount of property that can be transferred between them is unlimited, meaning that a spouse can transfer all of […]

Teaching Grandkids about Money… Money Does Not Grow on Trees

Published on July 25, 2014 By Tim Barton

At this point in our lives we’ve raised our own kids and hopefully the values we struggled to impart before they left home have become part of their family lives.  Now they’re raising  our grandchildren and like us, when we were new parents our kids will try to bring all of their life lessons into the mix.  The […]

5 Retirement Planning Obstacles

Published on July 16, 2014 By Tim Barton

What Are the Obstacles to Successful Retirement Planning? There are a number of obstacles that you may face in planning for your retirement:  Discipline to Save  Many people find it difficult to form the habit of “paying themselves first,” by making regular deposits to a savings plan.  Saving to Spend  Money is saved for retirement […]

Return of Money Trumps Return on Money / Happier Retirees

Published on July 9, 2014 By Tim Barton

Return of Money Trumps Return on Money Gallup March 31,2014 “United States investors are generally a cautious group when thinking about risk versus return options for their retirement savings.” Nearly 2 thirds (66%) of investors surveyed by Gallup said a guarantee that their initial investment was secure even if that meant lower growth potential; outranked […]

Time to Take Some Risk Money off The Table?

Published on July 1, 2014 By Tim Barton

Is it time to take some risk money off the table? Not if you believe the market will always go up and that all the risk of future downturns have been made illegal. This graph certainly looks good.  As of June the Bull market has been around for 64 months that’s the third longest bull […]

What is a Qualified Retirement Plan?

Published on June 25, 2014 By Tim Barton

  A qualified retirement plan is a program implemented and maintained by an employer or individual for the primary purpose of providing retirement benefits and which meets specific rules spelled out in the Internal Revenue Code. For an employer-sponsored qualified retirement plan, these rules include: The plan must be established by the employer for the […]

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