How to Die Well; A Wealth Manager’s Perspective

June 3, 2020 A little over a year ago, I lost both a brother and a very close friend to cancer within two days of one another. While devastating, I was honored to be able to spend time with them prior to their passing, listening...

Estate Planning in the Time of Great Uncertainty

May 27, 2020 I have been in Wealth Management for more than 30 years, and, in my opinion, there has never been a greater urgency for estate planning than what we are seeing at this moment in history.  The current health crisis, compounded with working...

Tax Implications after DOMA

On June 26, 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled Section 3 of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional as it violates the equal protection clause of the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution as applied to persons of the same sex who...

Estate Planning in a Post 2012 Taxpayer Relief Act Environment

For many people, the last few months of 2012 were an estate planning headache weighing the costs and benefits of gifting to children or trusts while debating whether the Federal government would increase or decrease the lifetime unified credit.  The lifetime unified credit is the...

A Refreshing Twist to the Pitfalls of Sudden Wealth Syndrome

In 2009, Sports Illustrated estimated that 78% of NFL players are bankrupt within two years of ending their careers, and that 60% of NBA players are broke within 5 years of retiring. Although not as dismal, Lottery winners also have an extremely poor track record...