Revocable Trusts: Fact vs. Fiction

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Recently, Rebecca Simoni, a Shareholder in von Briesen & Roper’s Trusts and Estates Section, wrote a great article on revocable trusts. A revocable trust is a commonly used estate planning tool, especially for higher net worth families or more complicated situations. If included in your estate plan, the revocable trust becomes the core document used…

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Leveraging the Flexibility of 529 Plans

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Leveraging the Flexibility of 529 Plans Written By: Brian Ellenbecker, CFP®, EA, CPWA®, CIMA®, CLTC® 529 plans have quickly become the vehicle of choice for families saving for education goals. Tax-free growth, a state tax deduction and ease-of-use are some of the main features that have led to their popularity. Fortunately, Congress has been very…

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Tax Filing After Loss of a Loved One

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Tax Filing After Loss of a Loved One Written By: Brian Ellenbecker, CFP®, EA, CPWA®, CIMA®, CLTC® Losing someone close to us is one of the most challenging times we face. If you are one of the people charged with helping sort out the deceased person’s affairs, it can be a time of added stress.…

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Investor Behavior: Impact of Cognitive Bias

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Written By: Brian Ellenbecker, CFP®, EA, CPWA®, CIMA®, CLTC® As human beings, we all have cognitive biases. A cognitive bias is an error in thinking that occurs when we are processing and interpreting information in the world around us. It affects the decisions and judgements we make.  Oftentimes, they are a result of the brain’s…

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Rebalancing and Tax Efficient Investing

Rebalancing and Tax Efficient Investing Written By: Brian Ellenbecker, CFP®, EA, CPWA®, CIMA®, CLTC® As tax time approaches, thoughts often shift to what can be done to reduce this coming year’s tax liability. One of the best ways to improve your tax picture is to make sure you are taking advantage of the opportunities right…

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